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Address: 231 W Jefferson Blvd, Dallas, TX 75208
Phone Number: +1 214-948-1546

The Historic Texas Theatre opened in 1931 by eccentric billionaire Howard...

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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I actually really enjoyed visiting this little theatre. It's a bit of a throwback to the Sixties and unashamedely so! The association with JFK assasin Lee Harvey Oswald is well... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 8 October 2016
Cardiff, United Kingdom
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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2016

I actually really enjoyed visiting this little theatre. It's a bit of a throwback to the Sixties and unashamedely so! The association with JFK assasin Lee Harvey Oswald is well known as this was the place he was taken into custody. Don't expect mod cons but it is vibrant and interesting.

Thank teebee1984
Arlington, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 September 2016

This isn't your average movie theatre. Established in 1931 it has a rich history in Oak Cliff. It has great sound but not updated seats or cup holders. You can catch films here not in other local theaters or you can show up and just hang out in the lounge area and have a few drinks. If you are going... More 

Thank Williamsland
Dallas, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 September 2016

Our youngest daughter introduced us to Bishop Arts District, while eating at one of the many rest., we discussed " going by the theatre where Lee Harvey Oswald was captured". The assasination of JFK was the 9-11 of our era. We had thoughts of going to Texas Theatre for many years now. It's spooky how the area hasn't really changed... More 

Thank GalapogasJim
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 June 2016 via mobile

The Texas Theater is hands down my favorite place to watch movies in Dallas. From documentaries to cult films, silent pictures and everything in between, they're always showing films that pique my interests. They also do themed events post-movie from time to time on the weekends where they may bring in a band or DJ and these are always a... More 

Thank Sammiches
Dallas, Texas, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 June 2016

I've been here many, many times. The cocktails and the atmosphere are fantastics, and they have a great selection of indie and foreign films that they place. Great place to hang out even if you're not catching a film.

Thank Adam S
Dallas, Texas, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2015

I wanted to take my Kids to see the New Star Wars Movie and saw that it was playing at the Texas Theater and Thought Historic Movie in a historic Theater how cool would that be. It was even better than I thought. When you take four boys 2 12 year old a 15 year old and an 18 year... More 

Thank Roger J
Dallas, Texas
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2015

Want your movie with a bit of history? Big screen and old fashioned seats are perfect for a vintage film.

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Wichita Falls, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 August 2015

This historic and old-fashioned theater is like stepping back in time. The set up is like the "old days" with velvet seats and a stage. They even had a vintage Pac-Man game in the lobby. We didn't see a movie but Kevin Smith live, and it was overall a wonderful place to spend the evening.

Thank Lisa W
Joshua, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 July 2015

Nice vintage theater with a funky vibe. We watched the Dirk Nowitzki movie here and it was good too! Plan to visit and you'll be glad you did! There is a bar and lounge area to wait for your movie. One screen.

Thank Robin L
Waxahachie, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 March 2015

A classic venue in which to take in a film while also stepping into history. Lee Harvy Oswald was captured at this location and a historical marker outside the theater will fill you in on the history. Beautiful inside and a great spot to hang out and enjoy the scene of Oak Cliff.

Thank Sully9821

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