LIGHTS, CAMERA , ACTION... THE MOVIE INDUSTRY IN HOUSTON TEXAS...

 

Over the decades of Houston’s past there have been various avenues of entertainment available to keep the locals amused. In the early years many were thrilled to experience the brand new concept of talking pictures showcased at several first class movie houses.

So much of Houston’s cinema architecture has been lost over the years with little effort made to record the existence or history of those demolished buildings. That was true until a local man by the name of David Welling set out to record the cinema industry of Houston. “Cinema Houston” – from Nickelodeon to megaplex is a wonderful breath of fresh air from our past. Mr. Welling not only addresses the outstanding architecture of these lost opulent movie houses but also captures the personalities of the people who built and operated them. A strong hand and a pocket of coins kept the nickelodeon humming in the early 1900’s. Talking pictures soon followed along with the added comfort of air conditioning. The progression of the single colossal movie screen as it was transformed into smaller multi screen complexes is covered in this publication. I was proud to contribute historic images from my collection that were used in this fantastic book.  “Cinema Houston” is a great time capsule that transports the reader back to the period of Mae West, Gary Cooper and revives the magic of film. Support historical preservation in Houston by buying a copy of this book! The images below illustrate what we have lost over the years.

TO NAVIGATE THIS SLIDE SHOW CLICK ON THE SMALL IMAGE TO VIEW IT IN A LARGER FORMAT. TO SEE MORE SMALL IMAGES (28 TOTAL) CLICK ON THE ARROWS ON THE RIGHT OR LEFT OF THE IMAGE BAR BELOW!

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The Loew's State on Main street - 1920's

 

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