J. Frank Dobie Theatre

413 Houston Street,
George West, TX 78022

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Architects: Beverly W. Spillman Sr.

Firms: Spillman & Spillman

Styles: Streamline Moderne

Previous Names: West Theatre

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J. Frank Dobie Theatre

The West Theatre opened on December 31, 1946, with 900 seats.

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Silicon Sam
Silicon Sam on March 1, 2009 at 2:02 am

A Feb 2009 Shot HERE Notice the front entry way has changed. Looks like some work going on inside.

Truck parked right in front the first day I went by, was much more crowded the 2nd time I went through a few days later.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on June 16, 2009 at 9:28 pm

This large house was originally called the West Theatre (see the official website), which was described (but not illustrated, unfortunately) in Boxoffice Magazine, January 4, 1947. The Art Moderne house was designed for Mr. W.D. Glasscock by the San Antonio architectural and engineering firm Spillman & Spillman, with Beverly W. Spillman lead architect. The West originally had 650 seats on the main floor and a balcony seating 250.

A different page of the same issue of Boxoffice said the West Theatre had opened on New Year’s Eve, and that the project had cost $75,000.

The January 25, 1960, issue of Boxoffice said that the West Theatre had been closed, and the March 13, 1967, issue of Boxoffice said that the equipment of the West Theatre had been sold to a theater in Mexico City.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on November 2, 2010 at 4:04 am

There’s a misspelling in the architect field above. Mr. Spillman’s first name is spelled Beverly, not Beverley. Apparently there’s no differentiation between male and female forms of the name in America.

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