Texas Theatre

33-35 West Twohig Avenue,
San Angelo, TX 76903

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Texas Theatre

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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.

Contributed by Seth Gaines, Glen Carr

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Lauren Durbin
Lauren Durbin on September 17, 2009 at 1:52 pm

I was in San Angelo for business and happened to run into the San Angelo Paranormal Studies (SAPS) group that was about to go inside and they invited me along. I was pretty unprepared, but still got some neat shots. Its in pretty sad shape. The original owner gave us the tour and said the guy that was renovating it ran into legal/financial trouble. The inside was pretty wrecked by the renovator.

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TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on July 12, 2010 at 4:23 pm

Nice photos, what the latest word on the rehab of this theatre?

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on July 12, 2010 at 4:28 pm

That theatre MUST be saved!

DonLewis
DonLewis on September 25, 2010 at 7:08 am

From 1961 a movie ad from the Texas Theatre in San Angelo.

spectrum
spectrum on December 15, 2010 at 9:34 pm

Still closed, but the facade and marquee look in good shape – very fancy marquee! Looks like the building is a converted church.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on December 17, 2010 at 11:28 am

Thanks Don,for the ad.

sharlee420
sharlee420 on February 1, 2013 at 10:54 pm

I would love to get my grandfather back in here. He is always telling me stories about all the theaters in San Angelo that were run by Rowley United. I was showing him the pictures that Mrs. Durbin posted on here. he told me about the ceiling, and how they changed the lights, the bolier in the basement, and the building on the roof.

lsc
lsc on February 18, 2013 at 1:46 am

I dont know where this picture of the Texas came from but it never ever looked like this photo guranteed.Glen Carr care taker since 1969

Cathye
Cathye on February 20, 2013 at 7:12 am

I’m glad I’m not the only one who thinks this photo is totally wrong for the Texas Theater in San Angelo.

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