33-35 West Twohig Avenue,
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The Texas Theatre opened on Thanksgiving day 1929. It was first owned by R&R Theatres of Dallas, TX. This is a mammoth theater for a small city. I’d guess it’s four to five stories tall. The facade was your typical Mission style with bell towers and tile roofs, but at some point, perhaps during the 1940’s, a streamline style facade covered all but the top story. This facade features a huge outline of Texas which looks as though it had neon tubing at one point. The marquee is most impressive, even if all the tubing is gone.
United Artists Theatre bought it in 1956, and it closed in 1971.
The theater appears to have been derelict for some time, and it looked like someone was working on it in 2004, but nothing happened. The interior looks rather stripped down, and the lobby was glassed in at some point with the removal of the external ticket booth. Old painted ads are still visible on the back which proclaim that the Texas Theatre is ‘the largest and finest in the West’.
The theatre is for sale at $150,000.00 but it would need $6m for restoration.
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