Hi-Ho Theatre

4610 S. Presa Street,
San Antonio, TX 78223

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on July 1, 2010 at 2:04 am

The web site Lost Memory linked to above says that Gordon Smith designed this theater. Smith was a partner in the firm of Smith, Pitts & MacPherson, with DeHaven Pitts and Charles T. MacPherson. The slightly earlier It Theatre in Mathis, Texas, another quonset-type house, is attributed to DeHaven Pitts.

Jim Miller
Jim Miller on July 4, 2006 at 2:53 pm

The Hi-Ho’s owners lived in an apartment upstairs in the theatre. The theatre did fair business at first, but television really hurt the theatre in the late 40s and early 50s. It was set up to run 3-D movies, but that never took off, and the only types of films that brought in any kind of crowd were risque movies. The Archdicese of San Antonio called for a boycott of the Hi-Ho, and that finally did it in. The Hi-Ho was so named because it was between the Highlands and Hot Wells neighborhoods. The Hi-Ho had a sister theatre in Mathis, Texas called the IT.

sarider on February 8, 2006 at 3:48 pm

The Hi-Ho Theater building is actually just off the corner of Linda Lou and South Presa, about 800 feet north of Southcross (which was Darchy Road) during the theater’s operation. The stagehouse and marquee are still identifiable. The building is used for storage by an adjacent business.