Crescent Theater

920 N. Congress Avenue,
Austin, TX 78701

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Previous Names: Unique Theater

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The newly opened Crescent Theatre, Austin, TX in 1914

The Unique Theater had opened by March 30, 1913. It was renamed Crescent Theater on September 7, 1913. In 1925 it was equipped with a Reproduco pipe organ. It closed in 1931. The retail building at the site may have housed the former theater.

Contributed by Christopher Walczak

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CSWalczak on July 15, 2012 at 8:39 am

This article includes a picture of the Crescent Theater: View link

DavidAndrews on June 10, 2020 at 5:27 pm

According to Film Daily Yearbook this theater had 325 seats. By 1926 J M Hegman was operating the theater.

Will Dunklin
Will Dunklin on July 12, 2022 at 7:57 pm

Article transcribed from The Austin American, Sunday, July 5, 1925

BETTER MUSIC AT CRESCENT New Reproduco Organ Has Been Installed.

A new special Reproduco pipe organ has been installed in the Crescent Theatre, it was announced by the management recently. The Reproduco is the newest thing in theatre music, it was said, and it will play during the entire performance at the Crescent in the future. It is the first of its type ever brought to Austin. The instrument is reported to reproduce the organ music of the original artist with all the shadings of tone and volume, and it fills the wants of theatres playing pictures at popular prices where no orchestras are used.

(Note: Reproduco was an automated musical instrument company that built some 200-odd small pipe organs/photoplayers during the silent movie era. Though few survive today, they are in retrospect, seen to be of exceptional quality and the music recorded on their paper rolls is of quite good quality.)

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