Southwood Theatre

1423 W. Ben White Boulevard,
Austin, TX 78704

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rivest266 on March 11, 2018 at 8:38 am

became a twin cinema on September 30th, 1977. Another ad in the photo section.

trsctm on February 21, 2016 at 10:46 pm

I worked here for several years in the early 90s before moving on. I recall roof leaks always being an issue. And for some reason they had sump pumps down in the front behind the screen. Once when they broke we had to wet vac it out every night until it was replaced. Does anyone know the date when it finally shutdown as a theater?

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 15, 2015 at 3:34 pm

A brief history of Trans-Texas Theaters is part of the inventory of the company’s papers at the Austin History Center and can be read online at this link (the collection itself is not available online.) The history says that the Southwood Theatre opened on February 17, 1967, and was designed by architect Leon Chandler.

trailerjoh on October 11, 2013 at 8:38 pm

Pulled some booth shifts here in the early to mid 70’s. It was a great booth. Almost as good as the Americana. Trans-Texas was good to work for and had some good friends there.

sherihofmann on January 25, 2013 at 3:58 am

This theater was the home of my first job in 1990 when I was 17 years old and it still holds the best memories. I worked here for 4 years and miss the people I met there. It was a great place. I wish everyone could experience a place like this, but they don’t seem to still exist.

maurigandy on February 1, 2012 at 7:33 am

In November 1987 I met my husband here. He was the General Manager at Southwood Theater (AMC) and he was also serving as the division manager for National Cinema Network for the Austin Region. He won division and national promotion contests with AMC and promoted with many non-profit agencies and radio stations in this region. His promotions from 1987 included the first benefits for the Capital Area Food Bank and the Austin Animal Shelters as well as many other non-profits matched with radio stations to promote a special events. 1987 is still known as the most giving year in Austin and it started right inside the Southwood dollar theater. I was selling advertisements for my new “Just 4 Kids Magazine” and since working with him at Southwood in 1987 we have continued to promote entertainment in this region, state and throughout the world.

Bruce Calvert
Bruce Calvert on August 31, 2011 at 9:02 pm

The Southwood was an AMC theater in 1981-1982. It was a dollar movie house. I worked there as an assistant manager my last year of college.

I’m sure that the auditorium was magnificent when it was a single-screen, but it was a bit awkward split down the middle.

kencmcintyre on December 9, 2008 at 3:28 pm

Also, the chain should be unknown, and not AMC Theaters.

kencmcintyre on December 9, 2008 at 3:27 pm

I agree, but Blazer Tag is also what you see when you google the address, map-wise.

kencmcintyre on December 9, 2008 at 3:19 pm

This one is at 1701 W. Ben White. Are there a bunch of laser tag places on this street?

superdude480 on April 10, 2005 at 10:16 pm

This theater is still a lasertag i was just on their website.

Steven Rogers
Steven Rogers on April 9, 2005 at 9:24 am

One of the distinctive things about this theater is that the original seating was in curved rows so that all seats faced the center of the screen – but when it was split, the seating wasn’t changed. So you watched the movie with your seat facing the corner of the theater.

In the 80’s, this was a “dollar” theater for several years.