The Infamous Texas Theater
March 9, 2017
I took this photo with my iPhone recently when Bill and I were in the Oak Cliff neighborhood having dinner. Oak Cliff is a nearby southern suburb of Dallas, Texas. The Texas Theater became a household name in 1963 during the aftermath of the assassination of President Kennedy.
The Texas Theater is a Dallas Landmark. It gained historical significance on November 22, 1963 as the location of Lee Harvey Oswald's arrest for the assassination of U.S. President John F. Kennedy and the killing of Dallas police officer J. D. Tippit.
When first opened in 1931, the Texas Theater was the largest suburban movie theater in Dallas and was part of a chain of theaters financed by Howard Hughes. It was the first theater in Dallas with air conditioning and it featured many state-of-the-art luxuries.
It's had a checkered history over the years, and almost fell to the wrecking ball in 1993. Two years later it was nearly destroyed by a 5-alarm fire.. In 2001, the Oak Cliff Foundation acquired the structure and began renovations after receiving $1.6 million from the Dallas Neighborhood Renaissance Partnership. Since then, the board of the Oak Cliff Foundation has raised an additional $2 million of the estimated $9 million needed for the complete renovation of the theater.
In September 2010, Aviation Cinemas, Inc. (a reference to Howard Hughes, the theater's original owner), signed a lease to operate the theater as an independent and repertory cinema with hopes of presenting live theater and concerts in the future and preserve the life and history of this landmark. I'm so glad this historic theater still stands today.
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