Clear Lake Theatre

16602 El Camino Real,
Houston, TX 77062

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Previously operated by: Interstate Theatres Inc. & Texas Consolidated Theaters Inc.

Firms: Irving R. Klein & Associates

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April 20, 1966 Suburban Journal image via elmorovivo.

The Clear Lake Theatre opened April 20, 1966 with 900 seats. Actor Chuck Conners appeared ‘in person’ on opening night. It was twinned in the late-1970’s but was closed around 1983. It became a nightclub, then a restaurant. It was demolished in August 2019.

Contributed by Paul Smith / Don Lewis / Billy Smith

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on July 25, 2009 at 11:57 pm

The Clear Lake was opened by the Interstate circuit on April 20, 1966, according to Boxoffice of April 26. The May 9 issue of Boxoffice that year said that the Clear Lake Theatre would have 900 seats. It was the fourth of nine new indoor theaters Interstate expected to open in 1966.

I suspect that most or all of these theaters were designed by Irving R. Klein & Associates of Houston, but the only two I’ve been able to confirm in Boxoffice are the Parkview in Pasadena, Texas, and the Northshore in Houston. A photo of the lounge of the Clear Lake accompanied an article on the Parkview in the February 20, 1967, issue of Boxoffice, with a caption saying that it was a near twin of the Parkview’s lounge area. That suggests, but does not confirm, Klein’s participation in the Clear Lake project.

RSM3853 on December 27, 2012 at 1:53 pm

This theater must have lasted longer than 1969, as I show “Diamonds are Forever” as the Christmas film there in 1971.

dkstall on January 2, 2013 at 2:46 pm

This theater did not close in 1969. In an attempt to compete in the late 1970’s they put a partition wall down the center of the theater to create two screens. A couple years later it did close and became a night club.

DJRage70 on November 18, 2014 at 4:14 pm

Is this the place that became the new J Larkins location when it moved from Nasa Rd 1?

plastic96 on July 30, 2016 at 9:42 am

The theater was open as late as 1976, I saw Star Wars for the first time there (No line at all).

crazycris29 on April 25, 2018 at 1:17 pm

This theater was open into the 80s though i think it was closed by 83? 84? The last movie i saw here was Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. Other 80s movies i saw here was Urban Cowboy and 9-5.

JosephFotinos on May 14, 2018 at 7:10 am

The North Shore (also designed by Klein) was also divided into a two-screener and became a dollar theatre. Been searching everywhere for a photo of the old North Shore. The designs of all the theatres are VERY similar.

dkstall on August 10, 2019 at 1:35 pm

This theater was demolished in August 2019 after having been a movie theater, night club, and restaurant.

rivest266 on July 4, 2023 at 2:51 pm

Grand opening ad posted.

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