2412 University Boulevard,
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The Village Theatre opened in August 1941 with 960-seats, located on orchestra and balcony levels. It was my neighborhood theatre when I was a child in the 1950’s and early-1960’s. (It was on the north side of University Boulevard between Kelvin and Morningside.) At that time it was a second-run theatre. On Saturday mornings the theatre ran the Fun Club, where children could see a serial, a cartoon or two, and a feature film, usually a western or sword and sandal epic.
In the late-1960’s Houston needed yet another roadshow venue besides the Tower Theatre and the Alabama Theatre. If I recall correctly, “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” was the first roadshow film to play there. Probably because the theatre was in the Rice University/West University area, the Interstate Theatre Corporation chose the Village Theatre to revamp into a first-run, (sometimes) roadshow theatre. I left Houston in the mid-1970’s, and the theatre was closed shortly after.
The theatre existed until the late-1990’s, when it was demolished to expand the Village Shopping Center.
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