Tex Theatre

305 Main Street,
Houston, TX 77002

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Previous Names: Crown Theatre, Joy Theatre, Joy-Tex Theatre

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1953 photo credit Captain Bijou.

The Crown Theatre was opened on October 3, 1914 with “The Weight of a Crown”. It was listed as (Closed) in the 1933 edition of Film Daily Yearbook. Around 1939 it had reopened as the Joy Theatre. By 1950 it had been renamed Joy-Tex Theatre. By 1955 it had been renamed Tex Theatre and in 1956 back to Joy Theatre. It had closed by 1957.

Not one of the Houston’s finer show places, this bottom rung second-run showplace was located in in the 300 block of Main Street. A haven for Republic westerns, B-movies and Columbia serials, the Joy Theatre was notorious for running exploitation films and holding late night burlesque shows on weekends. As a pre-schooler, my grandmother would leave me in the Joy Theatre all day while she worked downtown.

Contributed by Captain Bijou
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