Rainbow Theater

410 Paris Street,
Castroville, TX 78009

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Rainbow Theater

The Rainbow Theatre opened in 1943. This small town theater is a simple airbrick box, with a yellow brick facade. The building itself is pretty dull, but the neon sign is fairly attractive. The Rainbow Theatre was closed in 1978. The building currently houses an antique store.

Contributed by Seth Gaines

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kencmcintyre on April 22, 2006 at 3:23 am

The Rainbow opened in 1950 and closed in 1990.

rdean on June 6, 2008 at 7:42 pm

Ok..the Rainbow Theatre was opened in 1943..closed in 1976. Trust me on this. I own it. My wife and I now own an antique shop inside the theatre. CORRECT address is 410 Paris Street. There is no (and never has been) a “New Castro” theatre in Castroville. Come see us.

rdean on June 6, 2008 at 8:07 pm

And just an “update” on the Rainbow threatre. The ORIGINAL projectors are still upsatirs in the “booth”. Circa 1939. The “booth” is exactly as it was the day the theatre was closed and on occasion I take “ theatre junkies” (their words not mine) up to the booth and show them. The original projectors came from a US Navy ship being “scutlled” at Galveston in 1939. Anyone welcome to come take a “lookesee”. (and no they are not for sale) Sorry.

JamesEBohenek on June 14, 2013 at 9:23 am

I’m one of the theatre junkies rdean showed the projection room to. He told me that Roy Rogers used to stop at the Rainbow on his way to Uvalde to see Dale. He would watch people watching one of his movies.

CMcPherson on June 19, 2014 at 2:06 am

I was interested in who now owns the Rainbow and found this site. I was born in 76 and I remember watching movies here; Battle Beyond the Stars (1980). At the time Mr. Marvin James owned and operated it and showed mostly kids movies; G and PG. I used to mow his yard and do handy work for him in high school. It was then sold and the seats taken out and the floor leveled for aerobics classes. My best friends mom owned it gave classes. We used to play upstairs while they held classes. I haven’t been in there since 86. I’ll look for some pics next time visit my parents.

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