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The Texas Theatre, Dallas

4.6
#16 of 26 in Fun & Games in Dallas
231 W. Jefferson Blvd.

Dallas, Texas. 75208.

FREE Parking: on the street (after 4PM) or at the Bank Of Texas lot at Centre/Madison

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The Texas Theatre is a historic movie theatre that also hosts concerts, events, and theatrical productions.

When first opened in 1931, the Texas Theatre was the largest suburban movie theater in Dallas and was part of a chain of theaters once owned by Howard Hughes. The Texas was the first air-conditioned theater in Dallas, as well as the first built for talking pictures. The theater had a Barton organ, the city's second-largest after the Opera House in Fair Park.

Following its closure in 1989, the Texas Theatre Historical Society (TTHS) bought the theater in 1990. Acknowledging its importance to the President’s assassination, TTHS allowed Oliver Stone to remodel the exterior façade for his 1990 film, JFK. However in 1992, the Society was no longer able to make the mortgage payments and the theater closed once more. Shortly thereafter, former usher and sign changer Don Dubois of Texas Rosewin-Midway Properties saved the theater from the wrecking ball. Nevertheless, two years later in 1995, it was nearly destroyed by a five-alarm fire, forcing the doors shut yet again. In 1996, Pedro Villa rescued the theater from demolition when he learned of plans to convert it into a furniture warehouse. However, as Villa’s resources were exhausted and his pleas for investments went unheard, the theater defaulted back to Texas Rosewin-Midway Properties. The tattered and torn building remained vacant for three years, succumbing to vandals, stray animals, and hostile weather.

In August of 2010, Aviation Cinemas Inc (a reference to Howard Hughes, one of the theater's owners in 1931) consisting of Partners Barak Epstein, Adam Donaghey, Jason Reimer and Eric Steele, signed a lease to own and operate the theater.
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  • The Texas Theatre is a very good place to see new releases as well as independent films! The bar is wonderful and you truly are stepping back in time when you walk in the door!  more »
  • great place to see live shows and first run movies, i like the idea of the lobby bar to enjoy a drink before and after the movie  more »
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  • I LOVE THE TEXAS THEATRE! I visit at least once a year on Halloween for the ballet slash classic horror film event. It's a great place with a real touch of nostalgia. Old red velvet seats, a stage, and a great collection of 35mm films make this place really something special. My only complaint is the popcorn, it could definitely use more butter. But under buttered popcorn is a small price to pay to see some classic films on the big screen, restored to their former glory.
  • Classic old style movie theater which stills shows movies on 35mm film! Famous for being where the police found Lee Harvey Oswald after the JFK assassination. Has a museum style lobby with historic photos and a full bar in addition to standard movie snacks.

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