By David Welling
Cinema Houston celebrates a colourful century of motion picture theatres and moviegoing in Texas's greatest urban. Illustrated with greater than 2 hundred ancient images, newspaper clippings, and ads, it strains the heritage of Houston motion picture theatres from their early twentieth-century beginnings in vaudeville and nickelodeon homes to the opulent downtown theatres inbuilt the Twenties (the Majestic, Metropolitan, Kirby, and Loew's State). It additionally captures the thrill of the local theatres of the Nineteen Thirties and Nineteen Forties, together with the Alabama, Tower, and River Oaks; the theatres of the Nineteen Fifties and early Sixties, together with the Windsor and its Cinerama roadshows; and the multicinemas and megaplexes that experience come to dominate the motion picture scene because the overdue 1960s.
While holding the glories of Houston's misplaced motion picture palaces—only some of these old theatres nonetheless survive—Cinema Houston additionally vividly re-creates the moviegoing adventure, chronicling hour of darkness motion picture insanity, summer season nights on the drive-in, and, after all, all these tasty snacks on the concession stand. certain to entice a large viewers, from motion picture lovers to devotees of Houston's architectural historical past, Cinema Houston captures the bygone period of the city's motion picture homes, from the lowbrow to the elegant, the hi-tech sound of 70mm Dolby and THX to the crackle of a drive-in speaker on a funky spring night.
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The afterlife of the isis In 1998, the structure was given a chance for renewal. The downtown area had recently experienced a surge of redevelopment, including a new baseball stadium and the conversion of the Albert Thomas Convention Center into Bayou Place (including two theatres—the Angelica Film Center & Cafe and the Aerial Theatre). A number of older buildings were being converted into residential lofts, the most notable being the Rice Hotel. Across the street from the Rice side entrance was the Isis building.
Courtesy of the Houston Metropolitan Research Center, Houston Public Library, MSS 145-159. Dixie, at 603 Main. It would entertain patrons throughout the twenties, eventually changing its name to the Feature #2. H. Hulsey, and at one time employed Fred Cannata as a combination doorman and usher for three dollars a week. In his spare time, he played the clarinet in the orchestra pit. Cannata would go on to become Will Horwitz’s right-hand man in later years. The Dixie was one of four theatres that would be controlled by Moye Wicks, the others being the Star, at 507 Main; the Vaudette (“The little house with the big program”), next to Sweeney’s at 417 Main; and the Gem, at 505 Main, across from the Rice Hotel.
He would also be instrumental in the construction of the Bellaire Theatre in 1949. ” Barraco also owned the property at Grant and Welch that eventually became Anderson Fair. He died in December 1990 at the age of ninety-seven. Houstonian Denney Strad, in a 1941 interview, recalled performing there with the Pete Pate Musical Comedy Company during its heyday: “The Cozy was one of the best small theatres in Texas in those days and presented some of the country’s best entertainers in one-night stands.