Alpha Theatre

221 Clifton Street,
Waco, TX 76704

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Styles: Streamline Moderne

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The Alpha Theatre was opened in 1947 and operated to around 1970. Opened in Waco (still semi-called historically ‘Six Shooter Junction’ at the time) by residents; Heyward Weaver Jr.(1921-2005), Edward D. Bonner Jr.(1919-1986) and George L. Pryor(1918-1963), ex-GI’s returning home from World War II.

The Alpha Theatre was predominately the only African-American theatre in Waco other than the Gem Theatre (but, only for a period of time until the Gem Theatre closed).

Contributed by Randy A Carlisle - RAC Photography

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CSWalczak on October 10, 2012 at 9:33 am

Some additional historical detail about the the Alpha and a picture of it when was operating can be read and seen here.

dallasmovietheaters on June 21, 2015 at 6:05 am

The $35,000 Alpa Theatre opened in 1947 and got its name from a nearly twenty year old restaurant called the Alpha Café which moved from Austin Avenue to the 219 Clifton next to the Alpha Theater. The east-side Alphas served locals in the African American business district and marketed to the nearby Paul Quinn College student population. The area was served by the last-remaining electrified streetcar line upon opening.

The theater closed during what was likely a 20 year lease and was vacant for a period. The Alpha Café became the Alpha Grill which out survived its neighbor with live jazz music until the early 1970s. The theater became a hair products factory in 1976 when the building was renovated and received a slight extension. Its longest period was vacant with stored junk for a lengthy period. Cleaned up in 2015 for potential renovation as children’s theater and community center. It can be listed as renovating.

Jake Bottero
Jake Bottero on May 13, 2021 at 3:22 am

As of 2019, it was still disused for anything at all.

rivest266 on June 23, 2023 at 10:06 am

Closed or placed its last listings in 1962. It has been recently taken over by the Just as I am ministries to be used as an “Musical & Theatrical Arts Center for Youth”

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