Austin Street, Seguin Texas
The Texas Theater opened in 1931. Architect Scott Dunne designed the Texas Theater for A.P. Mueller. Marvin Eickenroht drew the architectural plans and local contractor, Albert Nolte, local contractor started construction in 1929.
The Texas Theatre has been seen in several major motion pictures as a classic of its time. In addition to period films such as The Great Waldo Pepper (1975), Raggedy Man (1981), and The Ballad of the Sad Cafe (1991), The Texas has been in countless commercial advertisements and featured in Texas Monthly’s “The Last Picture Show” by Anne Dingus, December 1995.
Unlike many historical theatres that have undergone modernization attempts, The Texas remains nearly as it was in 1931, with horsehair batting behind its Mediterranean murals, gilded hand-made mica lamps, original seats, and large-reel projectors.
In 1996, The Seguin Conservation Society acquired The Texas Theatre and began to restore the treasure to past glory. The cost to renovate The Texas into a state-of-the-art, multi-media theatre is $2,500,000. Renowned architect Milton Babbitt, A.I.A, lead architect for restoring the historic Majestic and Empire theatres in San Antonio, developed the original construction and expansion plans that maintain the historic integrity of The Texas while enlarging the rehearsal, backstage, and reception areas to meet modern needs.
The Stephen and Mary Birch Texas Theatre held a grand re-opening in March, 2011.