25th Street Theatre

1006 N. 25th Street,
Waco, TX 76707

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

Functions: Office Space

Styles: Streamline Moderne

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News About This Theater

Nighttime shot of the building and neon vertical sign!

The 25th Street Theatre was opened on November 29, 1945 with Van Johnson in “Thrill of a Romance”. It served as a single screen theatre until it closed on July 4, 1982.

It was renovated and reopened in 1986 as a nightclub name 25th Street, and closed again in 1992.

It then stood vacant and I believe condemned. “If anyone has any old photos of this theatre or has any plans for it let me know. It’s a treasure that shouldn’t be forgotten.” The auditorium was demolished in October 2019 to build a firehouse and parking space. The front and foyer of the building have been retained and restored, now in use by the fire department administration.

Contributed by Jake Vanek

Recent comments (view all 164 comments)

JVanek72
JVanek72 on December 6, 2018 at 2:02 pm

Theatre to be demolished. Demolition date not know at this time. https://www.wacotrib.com/news/fire/th-street-theatre-will-be-razed-for-new-fire-facility/article_27d417c5-d14b-5254-b2fc-c9742b9d907e.html?utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook&utm_campaign=user-share&fbclid=IwAR2JPl03LY-KRbLZZVZGKiwYZcc2CiLk5w_0ENHFeopiBmnqHio34S9BO3w

Randy A Carlisle
Randy A Carlisle on August 11, 2019 at 5:59 pm

Drove by today (Aug 11 2019) & this structure still stands. The 25th St Theatre part of the marquee has been removed. Safety reasons I’m guessing. In such sad shape.. RAC Photography †

JVanek72
JVanek72 on October 14, 2019 at 4:47 pm

Demolition of this theatre has begun! A sad day for Waco, TX.

JVanek72
JVanek72 on October 15, 2019 at 8:05 am

https://www.wacotrib.com/news/local/th-street-theatre-demolition-begins/article_8f2fdefa-9cc7-5abd-b76d-5afddcf821b0.html#1

Mike Robertson
Mike Robertson on June 10, 2022 at 9:41 am

Visited this week (June 2022) and found that the building still resembles the old theater and retains the vertical blade, but now reads “25th Street STATION” as befits its current role as part of Waco Fire Department.

Jake Bottero
Jake Bottero on September 8, 2022 at 6:46 am

It HAS NOT been demolished.

rivest266
rivest266 on June 16, 2023 at 8:32 am

Opened November 29th, 1945.

MSC77
MSC77 on September 8, 2023 at 3:37 pm

This venue’s 70mm presentations history is included in the recently-published article “70mm Presentations in Waco: A Chronology of 70mm Large Format Exhibition, 1962-Present”.

JVanek72
JVanek72 on January 30, 2024 at 7:40 pm

YES this theatre has been demolished. The City of Waco rebuilt a replica to house the Waco Fire Department Administration offices.
The neon vertical sign is the original, just restored to say “25th St. Station”. The nightclub was NEVER called “Premier Dance Club”…..it was called “25th Street”. One of the ad campaigns used “Wacos Premier Dance Club”, but that was NEVER it’s name. I don’t know why my original post and description keeps getting altered.

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