Frog Theatre

3055 S. University Drive,
Fort Worth, TX 76109

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Previously operated by: Cinemark, Community Circuit Theaters

Architects: Jack M. Corgan

Styles: Streamline Moderne

Previous Names: T.C.U. Theatre, Stage West Theatre

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Frog Theatre

The T.C.U. Theatre was opened October 24, 1946 with Kathryn Grayson in “Two Sisters From Boston” plus a live broadcast from the stage. It was closed by Cinemark in 1979. It later became the Stage West Theatre. Stage West closed in April 2005.

Renamed the Frog Theatre in May 2005, it became a cafe, a deli, a live performance venue and screened occasional movies. The Frog Theatre was demolished in August 2006.

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Recent comments (view all 12 comments)

kencmcintyre on February 12, 2008 at 3:36 pm

These people also claim that the Frog has gone to amphibian heaven:

kencmcintyre on February 12, 2008 at 3:52 pm

I think so. Odd that the night club would have the same name and address.

spoiledrottentxn on January 19, 2009 at 3:46 pm

I assure you this theatre is not only closed but gone completely… I was shocked to drive up University Drive and see a brand new drugstore standing where this majestic theatre once stood.

spoiledrottentxn on January 19, 2009 at 3:52 pm

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here is a picture of the theatre when it was Stage West

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on June 9, 2009 at 8:34 pm

The August 11, 1945, issue of Boxoffice Magazine announced that permission to build the TCU Theatre had been granted by the War Production Board. Construction was to begin as soon as plans were completed and materials could be procured. Plans for the new independent house, owned by W.V. Adwell and A.J. Wylie, were being drawn by architect Jack Corgan.

TLSLOEWS on December 29, 2009 at 11:50 am

The Frog had croaked I believe.

pcortese on January 31, 2010 at 6:06 am

I work at TCU and this theater was demolished in order to build the new campus bookstore.

rivest266 on June 24, 2018 at 11:01 am

This opened on October 24th, 1946. Grand opening ad in the photo section.

rivest266 on June 26, 2018 at 4:13 am

Closed by Cinemark in 1979.

dallasmovietheaters on April 25, 2020 at 12:41 pm

Cinemark began showing X-Rated films on February 15, 1979 which wasn’t well received. It closed with X-rated films on March 31, 1979. It was reopened by Texas National Theaters Circuit on April 1, 1979 with the Spanish language films starring Cantinflas, “El Extra” and “Bajo el Imperio del Hampa.” In April of 1991, it became a live venue under the same name. On November 5, 1993, it became Stage West continuing as a live venue.

On April 8, 2005, it became the Frog Theatre as a live venue, second run movie house, and alcohol-free coffee shop showing the film, “Napoleon Dynamite.” It closed in May 2005 and was torn down in August of 2006. Because it was the TCU Theatre neighbor to Texas Christian University (TCU) from 1946 to 1993 (47 years) and was the Frog Theatre for one month, I would make a suggestion that the theater really should be the TCU Theatre (aka T.C.U. Theatre, Stage West Theatre, and Frog Theatre)

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