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History and cinema converge in one theater just south of downtown Dallas. The Texas Theatre may be more well-known for one dark November day 50 years ago, but that doesn’t stop this gem in the heart of Oak Cliff from continuing to spread a love for film as it has since it opened on April 21st, 1931.

The Texas Theatre has a fascinating history apart from being the place where 15 Dallas police officers arrested Lee Harvey Oswald just after President John F. Kennedy’s assassination. It was the first theater in Dallas to have air-conditioning. Howard Hughes, billionaire film producer and renowned aviator, briefly owned the movie chain that helped in the planning and construction of the Texas Theater.

After falling into disrepair, the historic Texas Theater is back and better than ever! Film lovers can still see 35mm prints of classic movies and enjoy drinks from the bar along with classic concession stand fare.

Texas Theatre is located at 231 W. Jefferson Blvd in Oak Cliff. There is limited metered parking along the street, but they have a parking lot that is just a short walk away. Find out more about this jewel of a theater by visiting thetexastheatre.com.

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