Texas Theatre

231 W. Jefferson Boulevard,
Dallas, TX 75208

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yanksali on March 3, 2021 at 6:29 am

Does anyone know how to obtain building or architectural plans for the Texas theater

dallasmovietheaters on December 11, 2020 at 11:26 am

Worked with Corgan Architects to add an second screen upstairs in 2021.

DavidZornig on December 24, 2019 at 10:40 pm

Per Jim Foster, accompanied a 1937 photo I just added:

“Television was still in its infancy in 1932, so neighborhood theaters like the Texas Theatre on Jefferson Street in Oak Cliff, which opened in 1931, were commonplace. It was the first theater in Dallas to feature air conditioning and being built later than most of the movie houses of the 1920s boom, had the latest projection facilities.

The original owner was a company belonging to Howard Hughes. A nickel would buy an afternoon or an evening’s entertainment in a comfortable, air-conditioned environment."

freebornjohn on May 28, 2016 at 7:34 am

Who (person), or what (company) owned Texas Theatre on November 22, 1963? I cannot find any information anywhere on the Internet.

Deana Ernst
Deana Ernst on March 29, 2016 at 2:37 am

I was born in dallas,texas when i was little girl i use to watch movies there.

ronzom on December 6, 2015 at 12:23 am

Do any photographs exist of the inside of this theater from before its was stuccoed over?

DavidZornig on July 3, 2015 at 10:29 pm

Article about a current fundraising effort. Copy & paste to view.


runusmc on June 28, 2014 at 12:22 am
 In accordance with the rules of the comment section:  The ALLEGED assassin Lee H. Oswald was found and arrested in the Texas Theatre.  He was never found guilty or plead guilty in any Court.  
moviebuff82 on November 22, 2013 at 3:03 pm

yes they did according to the website.

RSM3853 on November 22, 2013 at 1:40 pm

I had to visit this page today. I wonder if they are showing the double bill of “Cry of Battle” and “War is Hell” today.

rivest266 on October 23, 2013 at 5:30 pm

1931 grand opening ad in the photo section has been uploaded.

John P Keating Jr
John P Keating Jr on March 23, 2013 at 12:34 pm

Just took a tour of the Kennedy sites in Dallas, and the Texas Theater was a highlight. Lee Harvey Oswald was captured here.

dfwcre8tive on June 14, 2012 at 10:55 am

A history of the Texas (plus recent photos from inside the building) can be found here: http://www.unvisiteddallas.com/archives/2217

barakepstein on October 12, 2011 at 11:51 pm

a changeover 35mm system was installed in June of 2011 in the original projection booth

Bruce Calvert
Bruce Calvert on March 6, 2011 at 5:45 pm

I visited this theater for the first time today for an Our Gang program. The theater is pretty neat because my parents lived near there and attended it frequently when they were young. They currently can only show digital films and 16mm.

The balcony does not have any seats and the 35mm projectors in the booth may not be usable. It’s definitely a work in progress, but it still has a 1930s-1940s atmosphere. The neighborhood is a Hispanic area, but the neighborhood is still an OK place to visit. I hope that they can keep up the work with restoring the theater.

HowardBHaas on January 5, 2011 at 7:35 am

Jan 3, 2011 article & Youtube video of its reopening
View link

CSWalczak on December 10, 2010 at 9:59 pm

This theater has had its official reopening: View link

adamdonaghey on September 19, 2010 at 5:32 pm

Hey Don, I do hope you took a look at our press release. We’re hoping for big things with this. I realize that the Texas has been through quite a lot and remained basically dormant for many years but we’re here to change that. We’ll be semi-operational in October and fully operational by the first of the year. Our mission is to maintain the history of the Texas Theatre while improving the movie-goer experience. All of us involved are award-winning filmmakers first. We’re also all big fans of historic theaters and care about what happens to them. We’re seriously a good fit.

You’ve obviously been following the Texas for some time, so if you feel like pinging me directly, I’m happy to discuss further. That goes for anyone else as well.

matt54 on September 14, 2010 at 7:37 pm

Opening day ad states “2000 seats, none reserved.”

CSWalczak on September 3, 2010 at 1:34 am

A news item about the leasing of the Texas to Aviation Cinemas and the plans for it; it is scheduled to reopen at the end of October, 2010: View link

barakepstein on August 31, 2010 at 12:11 am

my company Aviation Cinemas has taken over the lease at the Texas Theatre. We will be doing some upgrades to the lobby and house and then showing movies!
keep up with us at

zombiefreak on June 9, 2010 at 1:39 am

I went to see one of the movies at the Texas Theatre a couple weeks ago and found the experience both awesome and frustrating. If you wish, you may read my thoughts on the trip RIGHT HERE!

matt54 on February 20, 2010 at 11:11 am

Hello, Mark W! I remember your father fondly! He took me with him on two seperate occassions to both the Palace and the Circle to see how films were projected. I remember having to climb up a narrow ladder on the wall to crawl through a hatch of some sort in the wall of the Palace projection room – if I recall correctly, that was the only way in or out – and looking out the viewing port at that incredible, cavernous auditorium! I had never seen anything so big or lovely as that theater with that huge chandelier! Can’t recall what the Palace was playing, but the Circle, while not so impressive, was certainly easier getting into! Girl Trouble/Afica Texas Style played at Circle.

TLSLOEWS on December 10, 2009 at 5:38 pm

The Texas Theatre should never be known as “Oswalds Theatre” he never owned or leased it.Lee Harvey “maybe” killed our President he should not be honored for it if he did of did not!He was arrested there, that all.