2200 Hancock Drive,
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The Americana Theatre was built by Trans-Texas Theatres and opened in 1965 seating 1,000. In the early 1970’s it was taken over by AMC theatres. The theatre featured a huge 70mm screeen.
The story that goes is that the downfall of the theatre was an agreement made between AMC and Disney to give the Americana an exclusive showing on “Annie”. Disney made the agreement but stipulated it was for 18 weeks. AMC wasn’t able to get out of the contract and dug itself deep into the red and was not able to recover financially on the theatre.
In 1999, the Americana was converted into the Yarborough branch of the Austin Public Library.
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