Texas Theatre

200 W. Main Street,
Bronte, TX 76933

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This was the 2nd Texas Theatre to open in Bronte, TX. Both were built and operated by the Wojtek brothers, who also had the Alamo Theatre in Robert Lee, TX. This Texas Theatre was opened on September 14, 1948 and operated until the mid-1970’s.

This small theatre is actually cinder block with a tin roof. The street level has some nice use of glass blocks, and the marquee is a nice red and yellow with no neon.

Contributed by Seth Gaines

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Silicon Sam
Silicon Sam on December 2, 2009 at 9:53 pm

According to the Bronte C of C site, the Texas Theater is open occasionally for stage uses, but they are looking for a projector so they can start show movies again. Population of the town is less than a thousand however.

Don Lewis
Don Lewis on January 5, 2012 at 11:07 pm

A photo of the Texas Theater in Bronte.

dorstar on October 14, 2022 at 7:31 am

According to the Bronte Enterprise newspaper, there were two Texas Theatres in Bronte, Texas. The first Texas Theatre building which was owned and managed by the Wojtek brothers opened in Bronte, Texas on November 16, 1936. The two brothers built a “new” Texas Theatre which is the photo shown on this page. The newspaper describes the building as being a new structure, 36 feet wide by 110 feet long built of concrete tile. The carpet covers the concrete floors in the lobby and rubber aisle carpets lead to the seats. The new building has been painted white. Frank, Victor, and Otto Wojtek are the owners of the new theatre. They operated the “old” Texas Theatre in Bronte for 12 years. In the “New” Texas Theatre, there are 68 seats on the balcony and 332 on the main floor. The brothers opened the “new” Texas Theatre in Bronte on September 14, 1948.

dorstar on October 14, 2022 at 7:58 am

According to the Bronte newspapers, the Bronte landmark, the Texas Theatre was placed for sale on the real estate market in January of 1991. The Texas Theatre, at that time, was one of the remaining landmark buildings left in Bronte. The Bronte Chamber of Commerce led the effort to save the theatre building. According to the newspaper article, the photo shown on this page was the Texas Theatre construction that began in 1947. The Texas Theater was built by the Wojtek Brothers of Robert Lee. They acted as designers, architects, and builders. The Texas Theatre in Bronte photo was used as the logo for the Texas Film Commission and was on the cover of Texas Monthly in November 1990. Luis Charles owned the theatre in 1991 and he closed the theatre in the mid-1970s. Bids have been contracted to tear down the Texas Theatre in Bronte in 1991 to salvage materials. Price for the building, equipment, and lot in 1991 was $25,000. In 1985, a metal screwed-down roof was put on the Texas Theatre. The building has the original projection equipment and the popcorn machine was still there.

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