Dobie Theatre

2025 Guadalupe Street,
Austin, TX 78705

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Dobie Theatre, Austin, TX

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The Dobie Theatre 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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trailerjoh
trailerjoh on October 12, 2006 at 12:47 am

We will have to check further about when it went to movies. I think it was after 72. I had come home to Austin and was working various theaters around town at the time. The first film I saw there was sometime in the very early 70’s. IRC, it was a multimedia room at one time too. Seems like we watched the movie on a wide screen without masking and there was a very large glass wall of sorts in front of the projetion room. Vague memories so maybe someone can correct me if I’m wrong.

CSWalczak
CSWalczak on April 18, 2010 at 8:21 am

According to this article about a new art cinema soon to open in Austin, Landmark will no longer be managing the Dobie in the fall of 2010 and that mall management is looking for a new operator for the theater: View link

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on August 11, 2010 at 11:19 pm

Pretty nice inside and out.

Harvey
Harvey on August 18, 2010 at 2:35 am

The Dobie to close this Sunday. Very sad news.

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TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on October 19, 2010 at 5:15 am

Is it still closed?

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on November 30, 2010 at 3:29 am

Bet it is tisloews.

John Fink
John Fink on September 24, 2012 at 6:37 pm

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
spliceandthread on January 5, 2013 at 5:21 am

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
jrpaperstack on September 4, 2013 at 6:27 am

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

JamesEBohenek
JamesEBohenek on August 6, 2014 at 6:57 am

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.

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