Joy Theatre

422 Austin Avenue,
Waco, TX

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Antiquarius on February 21, 2010 at 9:19 am

I read a book about the tornado that hit Waco in 1953 that discusses this theatre. It was in a part of downtown Waco that took a direct hit from a major tornado. The roof collapsed, but it stayed intact. Its arched shape worked to protect the theatre patrons, and those trapped here fared better than those in adjacent buildings. Judging from that description, I would say that the theatre ceased its existence that day.

kencmcintyre on June 23, 2007 at 2:04 pm

The LA Times has some photos of the May 12, 1953 tornado in its archives. The Joy Theater is mentioned, but the poor quality of the photos makes it hard to tell if the theater was demolished at that time. Businesses on the same block that were destroyed were RT Dennis Furniture and Chris' Cafe.