Showboat Theatre

217 W. 2nd Street,
Freeport, TX 77541

Unfavorite No one has favorited this theater yet

Additional Info

Previously operated by: Long Theaters

Architects: Ernest L. Shult

Styles: Art Deco

Nearby Theaters

Showboat Theatre

The Showboat Theatre opened in 1942, and closed around 1970 and went into retail use. It was demolished in March 2016.

Contributed by Lost Memory

Recent comments (view all 5 comments)

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 21, 2014 at 3:19 pm

A Google Books snippet view of the listing of architect Ernest Shult in the 1949-50 theatre catalog confirms that Shult designed the Showboat Theatres in Freeport (1942) and Texas City (1941.)

The partial list visible in the snippet also includes the following Shult designs: Palm, Sugarland, Texas (1949); Leon, Pleasanton, Texas (1948); Cole, Richmond, Texas (1947); Palacios, Palacios, Texas (1942); and Plaza, Wharton, Texas, (1941).

Also, a snippet of a March, 1939, issue of Daily Bulletin of the Manufacturers Record shows an item saying that Ernest Shult had drawn the plans for a $25,000 theater and store building at West Columbia, Texas, for Alex Sanbourne.

marmer on March 21, 2014 at 6:40 pm

Thanks! My daughter goes to Texas Tech University, and Worldcat tells me that they have a copy in reference. I’m going to have her check for me. But thanks so much for the tip about the Freeport Showboat.

marmer on March 21, 2016 at 7:00 pm

Well, high wind and rain finally weakened the old girl to the point where the roof and east wall fell on the neighboring building below. As of Monday, March 21, 2016, the Showboat Theatre is being demolished.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 21, 2016 at 7:22 pm

Another theater building lost to neglect. Googling for news reports about the event (but finding none) I came across this page at a site called (apparently not related to which features three photos of the closed Showboat and a 1943 Sanborn map showing its site. Judging from the first photo, the birds of Freeport have lost a splendid communal perch.

marmer on August 5, 2016 at 6:02 pm

Yes, is run by a good friend of mine. Those are her photos from a trip to Freeport.

You must login before making a comment.

New Comment

Subscribe Want to be emailed when a new comment is posted about this theater?
Just login to your account and subscribe to this theater.