The Texas Theatre
The Texas Theatre
4.5
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The Historic Texas Theatre opened in 1931 by eccentric billionaire Howard Hughes as a Robb Rowley Theater and became infamous in 1963 as the place Lee Harvey Oswald was arrested. In 2011 it was reopened by Aviation Cinemas formed by Barak Epstein, Adam Donaghey, Eric Steele and Jason Reimer. It is open 7 days a week playing the new release independent as well as classic repertory films. "The Texas" has also put on staged events, comedians and live music. The beautiful restored bar is open every day of the week.
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Alejandra7369
Dallas, TX46 contributions
Aug 2023 • Couples
Interesting movies, great bar and a fun atmosphere. You an also rebt the place fur events. Parking is a little challenging .
Written 30 August 2023
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Louis F
Altus, OK999 contributions
May 2023
Neat theater playing some lesser known films. There are a few bars as well as a concession stand inside and prices are reasonable.
Written 27 May 2023
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blondie21dj
Gainesville, FL85 contributions
Dec 2020
Not much here to see but the outside of the theatre and it is off the beaten path. It is closed down due to COVID I guess. Was disappointed but neat to see the location where Oswald was arrested.
Written 22 December 2020
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kewlpapa
Dallas, TX4 contributions
Feb 2020 • Solo
We love the Texas theater for a host of reasons, not the least of which is the eclectic and creative choice of films they choose to offer, but also the inviting atmosphere of the place. There is a strange, almost anachronistic feeling about the theater. Maybe it's the building itself. Built in 1931 by Howard Hughes, the layout and architecture makes you feel like you are walking back in time to a smaller, more intimate world. To me, a senior who remembers attending Saturday afternoon matinees at similar theaters back in the fifties, there is a nostalgic flashback every time I enter the place. The lobby bar is usually packed on weekends with an eccentric mix of artists, millenials, goths, gays, geezers and goddesses all fully engaged with one another as if they were at a house party in Soho. We always have fun when we visit. You will to. Worth the drive.
Written 29 February 2020
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Sba
3 contributions
Aug 2019
The Texas Theatre is a very good place to see new releases as well as independent films! The bar is wonderful and you truly are stepping back in time when you walk in the door!
Written 17 September 2019
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2111tom
Dallas, TX30 contributions
Mar 2019 • Friends
great place to see live shows and first run movies, i like the idea of the lobby bar to enjoy a drink before and after the movie
Written 19 March 2019
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alexisrachelletx
Nashville, TN1,719 contributions
Dec 2018 • Family
This past holiday weekend, my family and I got tickets to see Potted Potter (a Harry Potter parody show) at the Texas Theatre! It was my first time visiting. The show was great, and I loved the theater itself. It's been renovated but without removing all the historic charm from this old theater (when the theater opened in 1931, it was the third largest theater in Dallas). It has a small bar and a small concessions area and is just very, very charming. (They also have a parking lot just one block from the theater). If I still lived in Dallas, I'd be back soon to take in an old, restored movie at the theater for sure. I can't wait to go back when I visit Dallas in 2019.
Written 26 December 2018
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Mr_Me_123
Manchester, UK31 contributions
Sep 2018 • Solo
I contacted the theatre in advance and was able to arrange a private tour with Mary Katherine. It was fantastic.

I felt a bit morbid asking for a private tour, but it was really enjoyable. We covered the events of 22nd November 1963, but also had a look backstage and learnt more about the history of the building and what the theatre is up to today. It was really interesting to hear how a small cinema opened up and shot to international fame in 1963. It's suffered since then but is getting a bit of a re-birth and the stories of how it was involved in the Oliver Stone JFK film is very interesting.

Well worth a visit, but contact the theatre in advance and they ask for a $10 dollar donation.
Written 19 September 2018
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Professor75206
Sells, AZ26 contributions
Aug 2018 • Solo
Poor sound system seems to necessitate turning audio up LOUD. Theater is overdue for basic maintenance. Surprised city inspectors haven’t closed it. Inventive programs are a rarity.
Written 16 August 2018
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Amy R
Houston, TX434 contributions
Aug 2018 • Couples
Did not get a chance to go in as it still a working theatre. The history is amazing. It’s up to you to figure out the truth. No one disagrees that he probably snuck in, but some claim that he was there at the beginning of the movie while others say he came in during the movie. If he came at the beginning....history is wrong. Another neat fact about this place is that the young family he was renting a room from for $8 a week actually had a photography business right accros the street. She watched as he was being arrested for the killing of officer Tippet not Kennedy.
Written 15 August 2018
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