Tower Theatre

1201 Westheimer Road,
Houston, TX 77006

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The Tower Theatre was opened in 1936 by Interstate Theatre Corporation. Since closing it served as a nightclub in the 1980’s known as Decadance at the Tower, then became a Hollywood Video, and by 2011 a Tex-Mex restaurant.

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DJRage70 on August 8, 2011 at 2:20 am

Does anyone know how much of the theater remained intact during the Hollywood Video days. The video store was not that big. I always wondered what was behind those walls

Stan_Gilmore on September 10, 2011 at 9:54 pm

The interior photo is not of the Tower. It is actually the Delman Theatre. Same architect. Here is the correct photo of the Tower

butchieboy on September 24, 2011 at 3:41 am

The Tower was renovated in 1978 for live performances. Remember seeing The Manhattan Transfer there. The Broadway Musical ‘Best Little Whorehouse in Texas’ started a run of more than a year in 1979, in an independent production separate from the National company. Saw it several times at the Tower. Other touring Broadway and off-Broadway shows played there, notably ‘Agnes of God’ with Elizabeth Ashley and Mercedes McCambridge, and ‘Sister Mary Ignatius Explains it All for You’

throgers on December 14, 2011 at 11:00 pm

Visited El Real Tex Mex in November 2011. The marquee looks very nice, and overall things look about as good as you can expect for a theater converted to a restaurant.

UhClem on March 12, 2012 at 5:50 am

I think the Tower was used for some of the Sensurround pictures of the mid-1970s…I saw Earthquake there when it first opened.

JMoreland on July 28, 2012 at 9:26 pm

Saw “Singing in the Rain” and “The Sound of Music” here on re-releases. Great memories.

Theaterbug on October 21, 2012 at 8:10 pm

Designed by Dallas architect W. Scott Dunne for Interstate Theaters (1936). The photo above shows the building after its conversion to a Mexican restaurant. Only the facade and marquee survive.

Historic photos of the building as a theater are at:

RSM3853 on December 29, 2012 at 10:01 pm

Movies that played at the Tower Theater in Houston, TX from 01/01/60 to 12/31/63. Research is from old microfilms of The Houston Post and The Houston Chronicle. The dates listed are the Wednesday of the opening week. 01/01/60 Porgy and Bess 02/17/60 House of Intrigue 02/24/60 Three Murderesses 03/02/60 The Third Voice 03/16/60 The Rack 03/23/60 The Moon is Blue 03/30/60 The Man with the Golden Arm 04/06/60 The Mating Time 04/13/60 Ulysses 04/20/60 Once More, With Feeling 04/27/60 Ben-Hur 10/26/60 The Alamo 03/29/61 Exodus 05/31/61 The Millionairess 06/07/61 Dentist in the Chair 06/21/61 Carry on Constable 07/12/61 La Dolce Vita 08/30/61 On the Double 09/13/61 Fanny 10/04/61 Man in the Moon 10/11/61 The Bridge 10/25/61 Double Bunk 11/01/61 The King and I 11/22/61 Blood and Roses 11/29/61 The Invasion Quartet 12/06/61 Raintree County 12/20/61 King of Kings 02/21/62 No Love for Johnnie 02/28/62 Two Women 03/07/62 The Hustler 03/14/62 Between Time and Eternity 03/21/62 Purple Noon 04/04/62 West Side Story 07/18/62 Jessica 08/01/62 Only Two Can Play 08/08/62 Mister Roberts 08/15/62 Bus Stop/The Seven Year Itch 08/22/62 That Touch of Mink 09/19/62 The Best of Enemies 09/26/62 Sayonara 10/03/62 I Like Money (Mr. Topaze) 10/10/62 El Cid 10/24/62 Seven Brides for Seven Brothers 10/31/62 Father of the Bride 11/07/62 The Longest Day 02/27/63 Mutiny on the Bounty 05/15/63 Madame 05/22/63 Crooks Anonymous 05/29/63 The Mind Benders 06/05/63 An American in Paris 06/12/63 The Pied Piper of Hamelin 06/19/63 Auntie Mame 06/26/63 Cleopatra

RSM3853 on December 29, 2012 at 10:27 pm

Movies that played at the Tower Theater in Houston, TX from 01/01/64 to 12/31/69. Research is from old microfilms of The Houston Post and The Houston Chronicle. The dates listed are the Wednesday of the opening week. 12/18/63 The Cardinal 02/19/64 Charade 03/18/64 The Ceremony 03/15/64 No, My Darling Daughter 04/01/64 Notorious/Spellbound 04/08/64 The Fall of the Roman Empire 06/24/64 The Long Ships 07/08/64 The Pink Panther 09/23/64 Behold a Pale Horse 10/07/64 Mediterranean Holiday 10/14/64 The Third Secret 10/21/64 Four Days in November 10/28/64 That Man from Rio 11/04/64 The Conjugal Bed 11/11/64 My Fair Lady 09/01/65 Lord Jim 10/13/64 The Great Race 02/16/66 The Agony and the Ecstasy 04/20/66 Juliet of the Spirits 05/11/66 Lord Love a Duck 05/25/66 Stop the World, I Want to Get Off 06/08/66 Ten Little Indians 06/29/66 Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? 10/05/66 The Idol 10/26/66 The Bible 04/12/67 The Taming of the Shrew 07/19/67 A Guide for the Married Man 10/18/67 Two Weeks in September 10/25/67 Gone With the Wind 09/25/68 I’ll Never Forget What’s-‘Is-Name 10/02/68 Hot Millions 10/30/68 Finian’s Rainbow 02/05/69 The Shoes of the Fisherman 04/02/69 The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie 04/16/69 Mayerling 04/23/69 The Illustrated Man 05/14/69 Before Winter Comes 05/21/69 A Flea in Her Ear 05/28/69 Hard Contract 06/25/69 The Great Bank Robbery 07/23/69 The Gay Deceivers 08/27/69 Can Hieronymus Merkin Ever Forget Mercy Humppe? 10/01/69 Justine 10/15/69 Camille 2000 11/05/69 Take the Money and Run 12/17/69 Goodbye, Mr. Chips

RSM3853 on December 29, 2012 at 11:00 pm

Movies that played at the Tower Theater in Houston, TX from 01/01/70 to 12/31/75. Research is from old microfilms of The Houston Post and The Houston Chronicle. The dates listed are the Wednesday of the opening week. 01/01/70 Goodbye, Mr. Chips 02/25/70 A Nice Girl Like Me 03/04/70 Putney Swope 03/18/70 Airport 08/26/70 Putney Swope 09/02/70 Move 10/14/70 Performance 10/28/70 The Sidelong Glances of a Pigeon Kicker 11/11/70 WUSA 12/23/70 Little Fauss and Big Halsey 02/03/71 No Blade of Grass 02/24/71 Gimme Shelter 03/31/71 The Priest’s Wife 04/14/71 Making It 04/28/71 Waterloo 05/19/71 Dr. Strangelove 05/26/71 Villain 06/09/71 Windsplitter 06/30/71 Carnal Knowledge 10/30/71 The Devils 11/24/71 Dagmar’s Hot Pants, Inc. 12/08/71 Born to Win 12/15/71 Fiddler on the Roof 12/13/72 Man of La Mancha 03/14/73 The Sound of Music 06/27/73 The Friends of Eddie Coyle 07/18/73 Images 08/01/73 The Hireling 08/08/73 Romeo and Juliet 09/05/73 Get to Know Your Rabbit 09/12/73 Harold and Maude 09/26/73 Red Sky at Morning (That Same Summer) 10/03/73 The Naked Ape 10/17/73 The Sterile Cuckoo/Tell Me You Love Me, Junie Moon 10/24/73 Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex/Bananas 10/31/73 Arnold 11/07/73 The New Land 12/19/73 The Seven-Ups 02/13/74 I Am a Dancer 02/20/74 Chariots of the Gods 03/06/74 The Tall Blond Man with One Black Shoe 03/20/74 Zardoz 04/24/74 Tis Pity, She’s a Whore 05/15/74 Fiddler on the Roof 05/22/74 The Super Cops 06/12/74 Andy Warhol’s L'Amour 06/19/74 The Conversation 07/24/74 Carnal Knowledge 09/11/74 Journey Through the Past 09/25/74 Escape to Nowhere 10/09/74 Love and Anarchy 10/16/74 Christina 10/23/74 Shanks 10/30/74 The Family 11/13/74 Earthquake 06/25/75 The French Connection II 08/27/75 A Touch of Class 09/03/75 Freebie and the Bean 09/10/75 A Clockwork Orange/Deliverance 09/17/75 2001: A Space Odyssey 09/24/75 Doctor Zhivago 10/08/75 Singin' in the Rain 10/15/75 Gone With the Wind 11/12/75 Psychic Killer 11/26/75 Lisztomania 12/17/75 The Greatest Story Ever Told 12/24/75 The Hindenburg

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