WHAT ARE YOU DOING IN RESPONSE TO COVID-19?
While there are no known cases of COVID-19 at The Texas Theatre or in our neighborhood of Oak Cliff, out of caution and based on recommendations from the CDC, The Texas Theatre will be temporarily closed for indoor screenings.
All scheduled interior programming during this time is canceled. We are operating as a drive-in at the weekends in the parking lot behind the theatre at 210 Sunset.
By voluntarily closing, The Texas Theatre is prioritizing the health and safety of customers, staff, and the community at large, including vulnerable populations.
The Texas Theatre appreciates your support and understanding during this time. The Theatre looks forward to resuming business and welcoming movie fans back to the theater upon reopening.
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– Team Texas Theatre
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 theater and bar operations are Thursday to Sunday with doors opening 45 min before the 1st showtime. If we have a special event, such as a concert or comedy show, doors are typically open an hour before showtime but may be adjusted by the promoter of the event. 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. They can be paid by coins or mobile app.
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 available by clicking “Directions/Parking” in the upper right-hand corner.
HOW MUCH ARE MOVIE TICKETS?
Regular Indie Movie Screening Admission – $10.00
Discount admission (film club member, student, senior, child, matinee, bicycle rider) – $9.00
Repertory 35mm prints, 4K Restorations, and first run Hollywood releases – $10.75 reg admission, $9.75 discount
We have various other events and screenings that may have different ticket rates, including events produced by third party promoters. Check the calendar page for special event pricing and free show info! (Yes, we have free shows sometimes.)
HOW MANY SEATS DO YOU HAVE?
There are 645 seats, all downstairs. The balcony is not currently in use.
HOW ARE SEATS RESERVED?
Most regular events and programs are general admission. Some events have an “early entry” or a VIP seating section area blocked off.
WHAT ARE THE HANDICAP SEATING OPTIONS?
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/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, bottle, or can to the bar after you are done.
THE BATHROOMS ARE LABELED “MEN” AND “WOMEN”. I FIT NEITHER LABEL. 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 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?
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 email@example.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.
CAN I SHOW A MOVIE AT THE THEATER?
Yes. Please see our Booking page for more information on rentals and private 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). Periodically we screen a film 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.
The application process is now administered by the Austin Film Society. If you would like to apply please see this link.