Texas Theater

110 W. Main Street,
Waxahachie, TX 75165

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Previously operated by: Robb & Rowley-United Inc., Rowley United Theatres Inc.

Firms: Houston & Smith

Functions: Live Music Venue

Styles: Art Deco

Previous Names: Theatorium, Majestic Theatre, Dixie Theatre, Ritz Theatre, Texas Theatre

Phone Numbers: Box Office: 972.938.1390

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The Theatorium was opened on February 15, 1907. It was expanded and reopened as the Majestic Theatre on January 18, 1909. On July 31, 1912 it was renamed Dixie Theatre. In September 1927 it was taken over by Robb & Rowley United-Inc. It was closed in 1934 and was totally gutted. On November 23, 1934 it reopened as the Ritz Theatre. On December 3, 1938 it was destroyed by fire. It reopened on March 31, 1939 with Jackie Cooper in “"Spirit of Culver”. It suffered another fire on February 15, 1942 and reopened on May 1, 1942.

The Texas Theatre is located on the N. Side Square. This Art Deco style theatre was last operating as a live performance venue.

A striking two-story front done in a cream color and burgundy stripes along the top and above the marquee. There is a large grey/green panel down the front center of the building with blue lettering spelling out “Texas”. It has a small compact lobby and concession area. The auditorium is large and spacious.

It was closed in February 2012. In 2022 it was taken over by a private owner and following renovations it had reopened as the Texas Theater by December 2023.

Contributed by Chuck Van Bibber

Recent comments (view all 11 comments)

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on June 18, 2009 at 10:29 pm

Robb & Rowley took over the Dixie Theatre in 1927. The previous owner had been P.Q. Rockett, who had bought the house in 1914.

The earliest mention of the name Texas Theatre I’ve found in Boxoffice is from the May 9, 1942, issue which said the house had reopened in an improved state that week after having been damaged by a fire earlier in the year. At the time it was R&R’s “A” house in Waxahatchie.

DriveInTheatre2001 on May 26, 2010 at 9:29 pm

Chuck, the link to my photo you posted above takes you to the photo that is featured in this years Waxahachie Phone Book! Thanx for adding the link..
Randy A. Carlisle
Historical Photographer

drivein2001 on January 21, 2011 at 8:39 pm

Chuck.. You & everyone is more than welcome. And, I thank you for your kind words. It is very much appreciated…
Photography is something I love to do & I love sharing them with all my Friends.
My Best to you and all..

And, just to note, Waxahachie had a Drive In Theatre also!! It was known as the ELLIS Drive In Theatre. Seen here:. View link .. is the Marquee, that still stands today!! I have a cpl of updated shots I took a week ago and you can actually see the ole Marquee even better. Still standing the test of time.. I’ll post them shortly on flickr..
Thanx alot!

Driveintheatre2001 on January 29, 2012 at 9:15 pm

Chuck1231 – If you type in 1600 Mulkey Road, Waxahachie, Tx in the search box of google-maps, you’ll see the outline of the Ellis Drive In Theatre… Mulkey Road is another name for Bus.Hwy. 287.. On the North-east side of the road, there’s a building (Lower right) that sits right next to the land of where the Ellis Drive In once occupied.

Driveintheatre2001 on January 29, 2012 at 9:39 pm

Chuck1231 – Favor please sir. See, if you would, what you can find out about an Empress Theatre & Rio Theatre, both in Waxahachie.. I have a photo on flickr of what was the Empress but nothing on the Rio as of now..

I also have a Nice B&W copy of the Ritz Theatre I got from the Ellis Co. Museum.

Thank You sir for your time! Randy A Carlisle 8-)

Driveintheatre2001 on March 13, 2012 at 1:56 pm

Sad to say but the Texas Theatre has closed its' doors. It’s been closed for about 3 weeks or so. The website does state CLOSED-FOR NOW……

Randy A Carlisle — RAC Photography

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on December 26, 2014 at 11:23 am

This web page has a detailed history of the Texas Theatre, including all of its previous names. Here is the gist of it, with the important dates and name changes:

A movie house called the Theatorium first opened in part of the building on February 15, 1907. In 1908-1909, it was expanded, and reopened on January 18, 1909, as the Majestic Theatre. In 1912 it was renovated and reopened on July 31 as the Dixie Theatre. By the mid-1920s the house had been expanded again, this time upward to add a balcony. Operation of the theater was taken over by Robb & Rowley in September, 1927.

The Dixie Theatre closed in September, 1934, and the interior of the building was gutted and completely rebuilt. The house was reopened as the Ritz Theatre on November 23, 1934. This was the first time since construction of the building in 1887 that the facade was also completely remodeled. Four years later the Ritz Theatre was destroyed by a fire on December 3, 1938.

At the time of the fire the conversion of a building at the southwest corner of Franklin and College Streets into a theater was already underway, and when that project was completed it was opened as the Ritz. When the rebuilding of the first Ritz was completed it was reopened as the Texas Theatre on March 31, 1939.

The Texas suffered another significant fire on February 15, 1942, and was rebuilt again, reopening on May 1. Both the 1939 and 1942 rebuilding projects were designed by the Dallas architectural firm of Houston & Smith.

Since May, 2009, the Texas Theatre has been owned by the City of Waxahachie.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on December 26, 2014 at 11:39 am

Here is something I originally posted on the Ritz Theatre page, but as that page has to be about the second Ritz and the article is about the destruction by fire of the first Ritz it belongs on this page. The article was from Boxoffice, probably December, 1938, but I failed to note the issue date:

“$50,000 Loss to Ritz at Waxahachie After Fire

“DALLAS— Robb and Rowley’s comparatively new Ritz Theatre in Waxahachie is a mass of total ruin after a fire thought to have originated in the balcony. The house had just recently been remodeled. Nothing was saved and the loss is around $50,000.

“Additional loss was a new and late model sound equipment stored in the Ritz building, which equipment was about to be installed in the Empire, ‘B’ house. ‘A’ bookings will be shown in the Empire temporarily, it was said.

“R&R officials have been extremely busy discussing plans for a new theatre, details of which were not made known at this time.”

Trolleyguy on November 11, 2022 at 8:12 am

Soon to be reopened by a private owner: Texas

Randy A Carlisle
Randy A Carlisle on January 7, 2024 at 9:40 pm

This grand ole Theatre is now reopened!! RAC Photography

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