The Stephen and Mary Birch Texas Theatre (1931)
425 N. Austin St.
Conservator: Steve Tschoepe 401-1971
For more information about the Texas Theatre, visit http://www.thetexas.org.
A capital campaign to raise $2.5 million to restore The Texas Theatre is the next major project of the Seguin Conservation Society. Built in 1931 as a glamorous, atmospheric movie palace, The Texas is an intimate gem in an ornate style, complete with a sky-dome ceiling with twinkling stars. A true classic, it has been the setting for such movies as The Great Waldo Pepper, Raggedy Man, and The Ballad of the Sad Café. In 1996 the Seguin Conservation Society purchased the theater in full, and re-roofed it. Two years ago more than 30 local and regional arts, cultural and civic organizations participated in developing multi-cultural arts programming ideas for all ages and interests. From their ideas, the Texas Theatre Task Force wrote an operating plan for the theater, projecting an annual attendance of 23,500 with live music performances, children's theatre, community rentals, university theater productions, film festivals, chamber music and dinner theatre. The Conservation Society is grateful for the cooperation of Texas Lutheran University, the Mid-Texas Symphony, the Seguin Arts Center (for community theatre productions), Teatro de Artes de Juan Seguin and others for sharing our vision for a 350-seat performing arts venue in downtown Seguin.
Renowned architect Milton Babbitt A.I.A. of 3DI Inc., the lead architect for restoring the Majestic and Empire theaters in San Antonio, has developed the renovation and expansion plans that maintain the historic integrity of The Texas while enlarging the rehearsal, backstage and reception areas to meet modern needs. Plans include a multi-purpose stage and variable seating for a spectrum of events in downtown Seguin; theatre, music, dances, receptions, lectures, recitals, comedy, film, fashion shows, dinner theatre and more. The fundraising campaign to restore The Texas is quietly underway. When a member of the Texas Theatre Restoration Committee calls on you to support The Texas-A Rising Star campaign, please give generously.