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FAQ

WHAT ARE YOU DOING IN RESPONSE TO COVID-19?

The Texas Theatre voluntarily closed the inside of the theatre in Mid March and as of Mid October have re-opened for a hand full of limited attendance screenings with 100 people capacity. (16% of the main auditorium).

The Texas Theatre is following the CinemaSafe Guidelines that all movie houses across the country have adopted for indoor screenings. This includes plexiglass, sand sanitizer stations, touch less concession and box office transactions. In addition we have invested in a Atmos Air Bi-Polar Ionization System and Merv13 filtration for our HVAC Systems.

In addition, The Texas Theatre started ‘The Sunset Drive-in” on weekends in the parking lot behind the theatre at 210 Sunset. Screenings are announced weekly. Watch movies from the comfort of your own car and car radio!

I’M COMING TO THE DRIVE-IN! DO I NEED ONE TICKET PER CAR OR PER PERSON?

Each ticket covers a car and all its occupants.

WHEN ARE YOU OPEN?

Our normal drive-in and curbside operations are Thursday to Sunday with the lot opening 45 min before the 1st showtime. We may also open for special screenings and events – at the drive-in, online, and sometimes at off-site locations, other days of the week. Please check our calendar for details.

HOW MUCH ARE MOVIE TICKETS?

The price varies somewhat, but most repertory screenings at the drive-in cost $20 per car.

CAN I PURCHASE CONCESSIONS AND BAR ITEMS AT THE DRIVE-IN?

Yes! We have snacks, soft drinks, beer, wine, and merchandise available for you to purchase using at texastheatre.square.site. Items purchased for consumption at the drive-in will be brought to your car by a masked Texas Theatre team member. Please wear your mask when they bring you your items. If you have ordered alcoholic beverages, you will need to present ID.

HOW MANY SPACES DO YOU HAVE AT THE DRIVE-IN?

The drive-in can accommodate 35 vehicles.

HOW ARE SPACES RESERVED?

A Texas Theatre parking attendant will direct you where to park when you arrive at the drive-in. Larger vehicles (big trucks and SUV’s, for example) will be directed towards the back so that smaller vehicles (mini’s and Fiat’s, for example) will be able to see the screen.

WHAT IF I NEED TO USE THE BATHROOM WHILE ATTENDING THE DRIVE-IN?

The bathrooms will be available through the back door of the building. Masks are required for entry to the building.

THE BATHROOMS ARE LABELED “MEN” AND “WOMEN”. NEITHER LABEL FITS ME. WHAT ARE MY OPTIONS?

Health code requires the bathrooms to be labeled along those lines, but please use whichever restroom is most comfortable for you.

CAN I SHOW A MOVIE OR HOLD A PRIVATE EVENT AT THE THEATER?

Yes. Attendance is capped in accordance with the current guidance from local, county, and national health officials. Please see our Booking page for more information on rentals and private screenings.

WHAT ARE THE HANDICAP SEATING OPTIONS INSIDE THE AUDITORIUM?

The auditorium has several seats removed to provide spaces for wheelchairs, scooters, etc. These are located back of house right, front of house left, and about 2/3 of the way down the right-center aisle. Sprinkled along both of the center aisles are seats with movable armrests, to facilitate sliding or pivoting into them.

Three of the four aisles are raked, but the left-centre aisle does have a stair.

CAN I BRING MY BEER/WINE 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, bottle, or can to the bar after you are done.

DO YOU HAVE A LOST AND FOUND?

Yes, we maintain a lost and found as a courtesy. The Texas Theatre is neither responsible nor liable for items left on the premises. Items found in the Theatre will be held for 30 days, after which they will be donated or discarded.

WHAT IS THE THEATRE’S POLICY ON OPEN CARRY OR CONCEALED CARRY?

The Texas Theatre does not allow weapons of any kind. 30.06 and 30.07 signs are posted out front.

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 a small group.

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. They can be paid by coins or mobile app.
Please refer to the map available by clicking “Directions/Parking” in the upper right-hand corner.

WHERE IS OSWALD’S SEAT?

There were at least two. The police first spotted him sitting in the third row from from the rear, five seats in from the south-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?

No. That is, the specific seats in which Oswald sat have reportedly been removed; the seats in the auditorium do date to a 1953 update to the theatre.

IS THE THEATER HAUNTED?

Probably not.

A SHOW’S TICKET PAGE SAYS “SOLD OUT” OR “OFF SALE.” HOW DO I GET TICKETS?

Once a show is sold out, it is sold out.

I CLICKED ON THE “BUY TICKETS” LINK FOR A SHOW AND IT TOOK ME TO THE FACEBOOK PAGE. HOW DO I GET TICKETS?

When the “Buy Tickets” link directs you to Facebook, usually this means we don’t have an exact screening time set for a film quite yet. Check back in a few days and you should be able to buy tickets. Occasionally, that links takes you to Facebook for a free show.

I BOUGHT TICKETS TO A SHOW BUT CAN’T FIND MY CONFIRMATION EMAIL. CAN I STILL PICK UP MY TICKETS AT WILL-CALL?

For tickets purchased via Diamond or Fandango Ticketing Services (tickets to regular screenings sold via the Texas Theatre website), if you provided your name at check-out, yes. For tickets purchased via Prekindle or Eventbrite, yes.

I BOUGHT TICKETS TO A SCREENING BUT CANNOT MAKE IT OR HAVE CHANGED MY MIND. CAN I GET A REFUND?

Tickets sold for Texas Theatre-produced events – screenings, concerts, etc – are all final sale. If you purchased tickets to a movie with multiple scheduled screenings, you are welcome to email us about attending a different screening; we will re-accommodate you if possible. If you have a special consideration request or issue, please email us at info@aviationcinemas.com.

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 claimed 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 SCHEDULED TO PLAY ON NOVEMBER 22, 1963?

“Cry of Battle” and “War is Hell”. “War is Hell” is the feature that was playing when Oswald was apprehended. “Cry of Battle” was scheduled to play later, but after Oswald’s arrest, the theatre was closed for the day.

WHAT MOVIE PLAYED ON APRIL 21, 1931, ON THE GRAND OPENING?

A Mickey Mouse cartoon and a newsreel 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 from Mr. Robb, creating Rowley United; United Artists 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.