Dobie Theatre

2025 Guadalupe Street,
Austin, TX 78705

Unfavorite 4 people favorited this theater

Showing 15 comments

rivest266 on March 10, 2018 at 12:52 pm

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

Da_Bishop on October 20, 2015 at 4:12 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.

JamesEBohenek on August 5, 2014 at 6:57 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.

jrpaperstack on September 3, 2013 at 6:27 pm

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

spliceandthread on January 4, 2013 at 6:21 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.

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

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on November 29, 2010 at 4:29 pm

Bet it is tisloews.

TLSLOEWS on October 18, 2010 at 5:15 pm

Is it still closed?

Harvey on August 17, 2010 at 2:35 pm

The Dobie to close this Sunday. Very sad news.

View link

TLSLOEWS on August 11, 2010 at 11:19 am

Pretty nice inside and out.

CSWalczak on April 17, 2010 at 8:21 pm

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

trailerjoh on October 11, 2006 at 12:47 pm

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.

Pantsman on December 19, 2004 at 8:53 am

The true Dobie seat count is 572, counting the makeout booth in the Egyptian room. Does anybody know when it was first used as a movie theatre? It was originally built as two lecture hall/meeting rooms, then converted to a two-screen theatre somewhere between 1970-72 and later to four screens in the mid 80s. I’m trying to nail down the actual year the Dobie first started running film.

rorysa on December 11, 2004 at 9:17 pm

This theater is below a towering dorm, where I lived from 1974-1976. Even then it showed mostly art, independent, soft-core, and foreign films. “King of Hearts,” “Going Places,” “Pink Flamingos,” and “The Cheerleaders” are among the many films I saw there. With hundreds of college students an elevator trip away, it’s no surprise this has stayed a busy place!

pkrouse on December 2, 2004 at 3:07 pm

I doubt this theater holds 1200 people, even if you combine all 4 theaters. I’ll check this and get the information back to this website soon.