2130 S. Congress Avenue,
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The Austin Theater opened August 18 1939 with “Stanley & Livingstone”. It was built by Interstate Theatres, and was the home of first run movies until the 1970’s. By the 1950’s it had become a second-run theatre and in the early-1970’s under new owners it operated as a Spanish language theatre. By the mid-1970’s, however, the theater and the surrounding area deteriorated and the Austin Theater was eventually closed.
In 1977, the theater was sold to a new owner who turned it into an adult movie theater. With the new format, the theater’s name was changed to Cinema West and it continued to show XXX-rated movies until it finally closed on October 31, 1998, amid deep complaints from residents.
The property was then sold to a new group who plans to turn the theater into office space to meet increased demand from local high-tech companies.
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