Austin’s Classical Revival-style Paramount Theater, completed in 1915, hosted stage greats like Harry Houdini, perhaps the largest draw in vaudeville history before his untimely death from a ruptured appendix. But with the dawn of cinema, movies eclipsed an entire generation of stage entertainers, spurring an era of elaborate movie theater design. San Antonio’s Majestic Theater, considered one of the most ornate theatrical venues in the nation, is a stunning example with its fantasy villa surround inspired by Mission, Baroque, and Mediterranean architectural traditions. As the lights dim and the curtain rises, its vaulted "sky" comes to life with twinkling stars and drifting clouds overhead.
Ornate or simple, first run films or live performances, historic theaters touch an emotional note for Texans. That’s why citizens in Wellington, Seguin, Sweetwater, or Paris, just to name a few communities with active, restored theaters, are happy to invite you to the show.