When are you open?

Our normal theater and bar operations are Thursday to Sunday starting at 5.30pm. If, as is often the case, we have an earlier screening at the weekend, we open one hour prior to the first screening.  We may also open for special screenings and events other days of the week. Please check our calendar for details.

Where can you park at the theater?

The theatre’s free parking lot is located at the southeast corner of Centre St. and Madison Ave., adjacent to the Bank of Texas.

Additional, metered parking is available long Jefferson Blvd. Meters are active from 7am-4pm, seven days a week, at 25 cents an hour. Jefferson Blvd. is currently part of a City of Dallas pilot program testing new ways to pay for street parking. Some spaces have traditional meters, others share a meter box, and some can be paid by phone.

There is also a City of Dallas parking lot behind the theatre and the cultural center at 210 Sunset between Madison and Zang.

Please refer to the map.

How much are movie tickets?

Regular Screening Admission (35mm and Digital) – $10.00

Discount admission (film club member, student, senior, child, matinee, Bicycle riders ) – $8.50

35mm Repertory prints – $10.50 reg admission,  $9.50 -Discount

We have various other events and screenings that may have different costs. Check the calendar page for special event pricing and free show info! (Yes, we have free shows sometimes.)

How many seats do you have?

645 seats downstairs.

How are seats reserved?

We adhere to the traditional model for reserving seats at the movies: jackets.

Can I bring my beer/cocktail into the auditorium?

Yes, you can bring alcohol purchased at the Texas Theatre bar inside the auditorium; please bus your area and bring back glassware to the bar after you are done.

Can I get a tour of the building?

If we are able to, we’ll be happy to show you the theatre! Contact us at info@aviationcinemas.com and we’ll do our best to set it up. We recommend a $10 donation for individual tours or $20 for group.

Where is Oswald’s seat?

There were at least two. The police first spotted him sitting in the third from from the rear, five seats in from the center aisle. By the time Officer McDonald reached him, Oswald had moved to the second seat off the aisle in that same row. Technically speaking the original seats are long gone. In addition, since he didn’t pay for a ticket, neither was his seat to begin with.

Is that the original seat?


Is the theater haunted?


Was anyone injured at the theater on November 22, 1963?

Yes. Multiple police officers were invalided out for weeks following; scrambling around and through a theatre in the dark can be a dangerous undertaking! Although Oswald claims to have received a walloping by Dallas authorities, no one was shot in or at the theater that day. Officer Tippit was shot and killed a few blocks away, at 10th and Crawford, before Oswald sought to hide in the theatre.

What movies were playing on November 22, 1963?

“Cry of Battle” and “War is Hell”. “War is Hell” is the feature that was playing when Oswald was apprehended.

What movie played on April 21, 1931, on the grand opening?

A Mickey Mouse cartoon followed by “Parlor, Bedroom & Bath” starring Buster Keaton.

Did Howard Hughes “build” The Texas Theatre?

Howard Hughes and Harold B. Franklin purchased the Robb & Rowley Movie theater chain about ten weeks before the theater opened in 1931 (almost a year after construction began) and sold the chain back to them less than a year later.

What about RKO? Didn’t Hughes own that and didn’t they own movie theaters?

Yes and yes. However Hughes didn’t purchase RKO until 1948. RKO was never involved with the Texas Theatre. United Artists acquired half of the Robb & Rowley stock when Mr. Robb passed away, creating Rowley United; United Artists later purchased the balance of the stock from Mr. Rowley several years later and absorbed the Rowley United circuit into the larger United Artists portfolio of the cinemas. United Artists operated the theatre until 1989. Hughes’s film, The Outlaw, starring Jane Russell, did play at the Texas Theatre in 1947.

Who owns the Texas Theatre building now?

The Texas Theatre was purchased by the 501(c)3 Oak Cliff Foundation in 2001. In 2010, the foundation leased the building to Aviation Cinemas.

Can I show a movie at the theater?

Yes.  Please see our Booking page for more information on rentals and screenings.

What is this I hear about the “Texas Theatre Rough Cut Lab”?

Glad you asked! The Texas Theatre Rough Cut Lab is available exclusively to our Members (filmmakers and audience). Once monthly, we will have a filmed screened in its rough cut form (before the final edit is complete) with the filmmaker present. The purpose of this is two-fold: for the filmmaker, it’s an opportunity to receive feedback on her film during the editing process. For the audience, it is a chance to influence the final product and be a part of the creative process. The goal of these screenings is simple: to help filmmakers make excellent films.