Jubilee Theatre

1319 North 15th Street,
Waco, TX 76707

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Jubilee Theatre ... Waco Texas

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The Texas Theatre was opened in 1941, when it was listed with 500 seats. At that time it was operated by Paramount Pictures Inc. through their subsidiary Hoblitzelle & O'Donnell. In November 1958 it became the Texas Art Theatre, screening adult movies. In March 1963 it was renamed Capri Arts Theatre screening independent and foreign movies, but by 1969 it had gone back to screening adult movies. By 1963 it was known as the Capri Studio Adult Artfilm Theatre. In December 1983 it was re-named Capri Theatre and began showing Spanish language movies. In the Fall of 1988 it became a live theatre.

Later renamed Jubilee Theatre, it was renovated in 1994 for various kinds of live performances, including concerts, dramatic readings, jazz nights, neighborhood talent shws and more.

Contributed by Jake Vanek, Ken Roe

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dallasmovietheaters on June 20, 2015 at 8:38 pm

The Texas Theater launched in 1941. In 1958, with business waining, the Texas successfully tries an influx of art films and adult content. The result is so successful that it comes the Texas Art Theater in November of 1958. In March of 1963, the theater is renamed the Capri Arts Theater trying to become a more legitimate art house. It begins to lean heavily adult and is caught up in a daily raid scenario that takes place late in 1969 and into 1970. When raided in 1974, the theater was known as Capri Studio Adult Artfilm Theatre. The theater simply becomes the Capri Theater lasting as an adult film space until July 1983. In December of 1983, the Capri begins running first-run double feature Spanish language content. In the Fall of 1988, the theater becomes the River Theatre’s space for live plays. And then it becomes the Jubilee Theater.

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