Dobie Theatre

2025 Guadalupe Street,
Austin, TX 78705

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Dobie Theatre

The Dobie Theatre was opened by October 4, 1973. It was operated by Landmark Theatres since 1999 until it closed in August 2010. The four screen theatre was unique in that each auditorium was done in a specific style, Egyptian, French Tudor, Gargoyle Gothic, and Space Age Art Deco. It is located off the University of Texas campus on the second level of the Dobie Mall.

Since the late-1980’s the Dobie Theatre had been the theatre for independent and art films. The Dobie Theatre was the recipient of many awards such as Best Film Theatre, Best Independent Movie Theatre, Best Movie Programming and Best Local Film Talent Incubator.

Contributed by Chuck Van Bibber

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Harvey on August 17, 2010 at 6:35 pm

The Dobie to close this Sunday. Very sad news.

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TLSLOEWS on October 18, 2010 at 9:15 pm

Is it still closed?

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on November 29, 2010 at 7:29 pm

Bet it is tisloews.

John Fink
John Fink on September 24, 2012 at 10:37 am

It still looks like its in tact: the lobby is somewhat open to the public (the theaters I imagine are behind a hallway that’s locked. I spent the summer working at UT Austin and had walked through the mall a few times, it’s was pretty dead (then again it was the summer) with a stores appealing to mostly students. I’m wondering if SXSW will call upon the Dobie to provide the space they’ll be losing down at the Alamo South.

spliceandthread on January 4, 2013 at 9:21 pm

I was the GM that closed down the Dobie for Landmark. It was a sad sad day. I still miss it. I tried to save it every way I could with the little time I had, but it was not to be sadly.

The theatre closed in August of 2010.

I know alot of people would love to see something done with the space, but the rent is crazy expensive and without some serious hard work it could fail all over again.

jrpaperstack on September 3, 2013 at 10:27 pm

I miss Dobie. The local scene is still missing some of the great films it would take a chance on.

JamesEBohenek on August 5, 2014 at 10:57 pm

When I was home (in Burnet) from college (in Abilene), my younger brother and I would drive to Austin to see movies at the Dobie. I remember Lovers and Other Strangers (1970), Sleuth (1972), The Paper Chase (1973). They were probably first run art house movies. But maybe not. Maybe they were repertory movies. They were definitely early 70’s.

Da_Bishop on October 20, 2015 at 8:12 pm

didn’t realize they shut it down… I saw Slacker there in maybe ‘92? Kinda fun to see a movie shot across the street from the theater.

rivest266 on March 10, 2018 at 3:52 pm

Ads for movies at the Dobie started on October 4th, 1973.

nostalgiascreen on July 23, 2019 at 1:09 pm

I really miss this place, I saw a lot of independent and foreign titles, it had a small scale vibe, people of similar tastes. All too sad it is gone. There was a rumor of a new owner opening it but alas, nothing yet

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