Windsor Cinerama Theater

5078 Richmond Avenue,
Houston, TX 77056

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This theater had velvet rocker seats and a screen that was 33.5 feet tall by 100 feet wide. The sound system had 19 Altec speakers that were all byamplified with the first transistor amplifier for theaters. Later known as the Windsor Cinerama Theater, it is now a nightclub.

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sepiatone
sepiatone on September 18, 2009 at 12:57 am

The Windsor opened on December 20, 1962. According to that day’s Houston Post, the Jefferson Circuit was its chain.

Kaykidoodle
Kaykidoodle on January 14, 2010 at 2:27 pm

The woman who was murdered in front of the exercise studio that was next to Dance City USA was Elizabeth Etter or “Edder” I’m not sure of the spelling, but she was the wife of a Houston doctor. I arrived just minutes after it happened, sometime around nine AM. I saw her lying next to her car as I was driving down Richmond Ave. It was in the early spring of 1977, I believe. I looked over and saw someone lying on the ground along side the drivers side of her car that was parked horizontally, right in front of the exercise studio next to Dance City. Someone lying on the ground at 9 AM on a weekday morning was easily spotted from Richmond Ave, because
The Windsor Plaza parking lot was almost deserted during the night in those days, few people parked there overnight. I drove immediately over to the scene. She’d been getting out of her car for her exercise class when two men parked close by in the opposite direction, shot her out of their window and sped off. We knew this because there was one eye witness, a young woman who’d driven up behind her, going to the same exercise class. I never heard any more about it until sometime in the 1980’s when either the Houston Post or Chronicle ran a feature entitled “Who killed Elizabeth Etter/Edder” – it was the most amazing story,
The investigative reporter listed MANY people who’d died strangely. seems like it was like 12 or more, all very oddly and they all were linked together in some way. Each had died such a strange death, or had been murdered and the murder was yet unsolved. And they all knew each other either socially or professionally!
The story went on to say an elderly couple came forward a year after her murder reporting that their son who lived close to Windsor Plaza had been gunned down in the same fashion, And although Houston police were aware of his murder, they hadn’t told police of their fears. They said they’d been afraid to come forward before with the information that their son had known/was connected, in some way to the murdered woman in the parking lot. I never heard any more about this case and can find nothing about it online, your letter was the only thing that came up. If anyone knows any more, please contact me because I’ve been curious as to any follow up on the case.

bufford38
bufford38 on March 5, 2010 at 3:08 pm

can any body tell me what a poster from that theatre in houston of jesse james would be worth.

bufford38
bufford38 on March 5, 2010 at 3:10 pm

sorry the address to tell me is

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on June 28, 2010 at 11:50 am

This theater is mentioned in Boxoffice dozens of times from early 1963 until 1976, and is almost invariably called the Windsor Cinerama Theatre, even long after it was no longer showing Cinerama films. Windsor Cinerama Theatre should be listed as an aka.

Coate
Coate on June 28, 2010 at 3:25 pm

I realize you just updated the theater names, but I think they should be reversed. “Windsor” ought to be the primary name; “Windsor Cinerama” ought to be the AKA.

By the way, Houston’s Cinerama history can be found on this page.

tomjensenmorgan
tomjensenmorgan on August 26, 2011 at 10:59 pm

This is where I saw 2001 A Space Odyssey with my father in 1968. It is one of my favorite childhood memories. – tom morgan

mondojustin
mondojustin on November 24, 2011 at 2:30 am

Hello I’m currently working on a book about the film 2001: A Space Odyssey and am looking for photos and programs/newspaper clippings etc from each city in which the film premiered in originally in 1968. If you saw the film in it’s initial run in the theater have a good memory of your experience, I’d love to interview you about seeing it. To date I have interviewed over 20 people that have worked on the film, and several close members in the Kubrick camp as well. If you can help please email me at

JMoreland
JMoreland on July 28, 2012 at 9:22 pm

Great memories of seeing large format screenings here: “That’s Entertainment!” “My Fair Lady” and “Raiders of the Lost Ark.”

RSM3853
RSM3853 on December 27, 2012 at 6:54 pm

Movies that played at the Windsor Theater in Houston Texas from 12/19/62 to 12/31/75. Research is from old microfilms of The Houston Post and The Houston Chronicle. The dates are the Wednesday of the opening week. 12/19/62 The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm 03/13/63 How the West Was Won 11/06/63 Under the Yum Yum Tree 12/18/63 It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World 04/29/64 Becket 07/22/64 Circus World 10/14/64 Three Penny Opera 10/21/64 Giant 10/28/64 The World of Henry Orient 11/04/64 Oklahoma 11/11/64 Pajama Party 11/18/64 Julius Caesar 12/02/64 Topkapi 12/23/64 Cheyenne Autumn 03/17/65 The Greatest Story Ever Told 06/30/65 The Hallelujah Trail 09/22/65 Bambole 10/06/65 The Pawnbroker 11/03/65 Repulsion 11/17/65 The Redeemer 12/01/65 Red Line 7000 12/08/65 Backfire 12/15/65 Battle of the Bulge 03/30/66 Doctor Zhivago 02/01/67 Grand Prix 09/20/67 The Sound of Music 11/08/67 Far from the Madding Crowd 02/14/68 Billion Dollar Brain 03/06/68 Doctor Zhivago 04/10/68 2001: A Space Odyssey 11/13/68 Ice Station Zebra 03/26/69 Oliver! 11/12/69 The Gypsy Moths 12/17/69 Marooned 03/18/70 Anne of the Thousand Days 06/24/70 Too Late the Hero 08/05/70 On a Clear Day You Can See Forever 11/11/70 Julius Caesar (AIP) 12/23/70 Song of Norway 03/17/71 My Fair Lady 04/28/71 THX 1138 05/26/71 Blue Water, White Death 06/16/71 The Abominable Dr. Phibes 06/30/71 The Grissom Gang 07/14/71 The Light at the Edge of the World 08/04/71 The Panic in Needle Park 08/18/71 Windjammer 09/01/71 Unman, Wittering, and Zigo 09/22/71 Doctor Zhivago 10/13/71 Kotch 12/22/71 The Go-Between 02/02/72 Sacco and Vanzetti 02/16/72 Cabaret 06/28/72 Portnoy’s Complaint 10/04/72 Deliverance 12/20/72 Jeremiah Johnson 02/21/73 Steelyard Blues 03/28/73 Slither 04/18/73 Scorpio 05/09/73 Lady Caroline Lamb 05/30/73 Fiddler on the Roof (pop prices) 06/06/73 This is Cinerama 09/05/73 Ludwig 09/19/73 Slither 09/26/73 A Warm December 10/03/73 Hit! 10/17/73 The Outside Man 10/31/73 Massacre in Rome 11/21/73 Jimi Hendrix 12/19/73 The Paper Chase 02/20/74 Alfredo, Alfredo 03/13/74 Man of La Mancha (pop prices) 03/20/74 Where the Lilies Bloom 05/08/74 Kazablan 05/22/74 Huckleberry Finn 06/12/74 Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex/Bananas 06/19/74 Macon County Line 07/03/74 Big Bad Mama 07/10/74 The Terminal Man 07/17/74 That’s Entertainment 12/25/74 The Little Prince 01/22/75 The Nickel Ride 01/29/75 Pardon My Blooper 02/12/75 Mr. Ricco 02/19/75 Child Under a Leaf 02/26/75 Claudine/Harry and Tonto 03/05/75 Report to the Commissioner 03/12/75 Gone With the Wind 03/19/75 The Great Waldo Pepper 06/25/75 Rollerball 10/01/75 The Master Gunfighter 10/15/75 The Giant Spider Invasion 10/22/75 Whiffs 10/29/75 The Ark of Noah 11/19/75 Weed 11/26/75 2001: A Space Odyssey 12/17/75 The Killer Elite. My research stops here, since I have done 34+ big cities and had to pick a cutoff date…if anyone with access to Houston microfilms (closest to me are in State College, PA) and time wants to post further years, I’m sure we all would enjoy and appreciate it. Check other Houston theaters for movie openings from 1960-75 as I am able to post the data.

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