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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Don Lewis
Don Lewis on May 27, 2009 at 1:23 am

A view of the front of the Texas Theater in San Angelo, being used for car sales.

Don Lewis
Don Lewis on May 27, 2009 at 1:29 am

Another view of San Angelo’s Texas Theater before the facade was changed.

Don Lewis
Don Lewis on July 2, 2009 at 2:15 am

A more recent view of the Texas Theater in San Angelo.

Lauren Durbin
Lauren Durbin on September 17, 2009 at 9:52 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 on July 13, 2010 at 12:23 am

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

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on July 13, 2010 at 12:28 am

That theatre MUST be saved!

Don Lewis
Don Lewis on September 25, 2010 at 3:08 pm

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

spectrum on December 16, 2010 at 5:34 am

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 7:28 pm

Thanks Don,for the ad.

sharlee420 on February 2, 2013 at 6:54 am

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.

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