108 North Main Street,
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The Austin Theater opened in 1936 and was initially conceived to be named the Time Theater. The architect was Jack Liebenberg of the architectural firm Liebenberg and Kaplan (Seeman Kaplan being the businessman and engineer of the partnership)
A good example of a classic Streamlined Deco design, the Time Theater balances and dominates the adjoining shops. Solid geometric shapes make the transition from horizontal marquee to vertical sign appear smooth and effortless.
A seating capacity of 650 is given in the Film Daily Yearbook. 1941, but by the FDYearbook, 1952 it had been reduced to 506.
Any further comments on the history and current status of the Austin would be most welcome.
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