Lynn Theatre

512 St. Paul Street,
Gonzales, TX 78629

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Before renovation

This theater sits on Confederate Square. A local told me it was named for the owner, a Mr. Lynn.

The facade is very interesting, almost a Bauhaus style. The Lynn Theatre opened in 1947. The vertical portion of the marquee is especially cool, with a pattern of stars and a pole on top with a light on it (which seems to be a popular feature for Texas theaters).

The Lynn Theatre was reopened on June 24, 2009 as a movie theatre, but was closed in April 2010. The building was sold in September 2011, and reopened as a live theatre March 15, 2012. First-run films were added to the programming from November 2012.

Contributed by Seth Gaines

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on February 17, 2010 at 12:04 am

When in the planning stage, this house was to be called the Texan Theatre, and that was the name on the vertical sign in architect Jack Corgan’s rendering of the proposed house, displayed in the “Just Off the Boards” feature of Boxoffice Magazine, March 1, 1947. The theater was being built for Lynn Smith, local associate of H.J. Griffith’s Theatre Enterprises Inc., and he apparently got the house after himself instead of using the name Texan. Smith also operated the Crystal Theatre in Gonzales.

The Boxoffice item gives the seating capacity as 900, and I think that’s probably much closer to the mark than the 1,200 given in the article from the San Antonio Express-News. The satellite views (the best is at Historic Images- the views at Google and Bing are both too blurry) show that the building is not very large, so even the Boxoffice claim of 900 could have been a bit exaggerated, as is often the case.

Anyway, by calc’s count in the comment of last May 27, the current seating capacity would be 435, if you include the 12 wheelchair spaces.

Boxoffice of October 2, 1948, gave the opening date of the Lynn Theatre as September 29.

kencmcintyre on April 5, 2010 at 5:46 pm

Here is the Christmas Eve photo again:

trailerjoh on April 5, 2010 at 6:17 pm

I’m sad to say it might not be in operation any more. This Easter weekend I passed through Gonzales and the TOOTH FAIRY is still in the poster boxes. Last time their web site was updated was Feb. 12, 2010 with THE TOOTH FAIRY listed for that date. Damn it, I hope they can get it going again. on July 2, 2011 at 1:58 pm

“For sale” – photo from April 2011:

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on July 3, 2011 at 4:17 am

Here is a fresh link to the March 1, 1947, Boxoffice item with architect Jack Corgan’s rendering of the proposed Texan Theatre in Gonzales, which was opened as the Lynn Theatre.

calc on February 24, 2012 at 5:16 pm

Theatre opens March 16th 2012 as live theater.

macklan on January 28, 2013 at 1:26 am

the theatre is open now it re opened on november 2 2012 and is showing first run movies

trailerjoh on January 28, 2013 at 1:09 pm

Great! Good news for the community.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on January 30, 2014 at 7:10 pm

The Lynn Theatre’s official web site link is dead. It appears that they are now using this Facebook page in lieu of an actual web site.

jbachman2 on January 19, 2015 at 1:04 pm

My fiance' and I visited the Lynn Theater on 01/17/15 and Mary, the owner gave us a nice impromptu tour. She stated that she and her husband also operate another theater with a 3rd on the way. Hopefully they will be open a good long time. They have 3K resolution projectors but she and her husband are enthusiasts so the 35mm projectors were still in the booth so she explained how it all works now and how it used to work. Very nice lady.

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