Texas Theater

114 East Broadway Street,
Sweetwater, TX 79556

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Texas Theater

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Opened in 1935, this large theater became a bit shabby, but still in operation. It had been twinned and was showing two movies when I photographed it in 2003. The street level suffered an unfortunate facelift at some point, perhaps the 1960’s, that left it covered in tiny multicolored tiles, with a glassed in lobby. The upper stories are vintage, and the concrete facade has an interesting chevron pattern to it.

The Texas Theater was in continuous operation until sometime in 2005, when the owner closed it. It remained closed until 2009, when a group of Sweetwater folks organized a group called Sweetwater Texas Theater Acquisition & Renovation (S.T.T.A.R.). It has 501©3 status. The group purchased the theatre in 2010, and began renovation. Films are now screened on a part time basis. S.T.T.A.R. are also seeking assistance in the funding and the original design specs, and any help would be appreciated.

Contributed by Seth Gaines, Tom Henderson

Recent comments (view all 13 comments)

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on June 25, 2007 at 6:33 pm

This is a recent photo of the Texas Theater. The marquee needs some repair work.

DonLewis
DonLewis on April 8, 2008 at 7:16 pm

A cold, snowy day view of the Texas Theater in Sweetwater showing “Enemy Mine” and “Black Moon Rising” taken in 1986.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on May 12, 2008 at 12:28 pm

The Texas Theater can be seen in this YouTube video, “A tour of Sweetwater, Texas”. About 1:23 into the video.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on September 18, 2008 at 5:58 pm

Another photo can be seen here.

DonLewis
DonLewis on December 29, 2009 at 8:44 pm

A view from 2009 of the Texas in Sweetwater with a recent face lift here and here.

VernonPlazaTheater
VernonPlazaTheater on April 13, 2010 at 8:39 am

The Sweetwater Texas Theater is to re-open on the date of the premiere of Iron Man II.

ERD
ERD on July 23, 2010 at 8:12 am

At least someone fixed up the facade and made it presentable. It looked so neglected before.

rivest266
rivest266 on January 2, 2011 at 5:07 pm

Looks closed when GabeG took his photo. Iron Man opened 2 months earlier.

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