The Deluxe Theater continuing to preserve Houston’s black history

Celebrating Black History with a cornerstone of cultural heritage in Houston’s Fifth Ward

The theater opened in April 1941 and after being shut down for decades, finally reopened in 2015 as a performing arts center.

HOUSTONThe Deluxe Theater opened it’s doors in April 1941 as one of Houston’s premiere movie theaters for blacks and has since been a significant treasure in the 5th ward.

The DeLuxe Theater - 2008.

Posted by The DeLUXE Theater on Thursday, September 17, 2015

The DeLuxe Theater is located at 3303 Lyons Avenue in the heart of Houston’s Fifth Ward. The Streamline Moderne structure joined the Roxy and Palace Theaters to provide neighborhood motion picture entertainment. In the early 20th-century, the 3300 block of Lyons Avenue was predominantly residential with a smattering of small commercial enterprises such as a blacksmith shop and drug stores.

After the Civil Rights Act passed in 1964, the days of segregated movie theaters came to an end and the DeLuxe closed in 1969. In 1998, the Fifth Ward Community Redevelopment Corporation purchased the theater (3301 Lyons) and adjacent furniture store (3305 Lyons) and began a master plan to reutilize the DeLuxe Theater as a community performing and visual arts facility. The DeLuxe will certainly offer educational programming and performance space for TSU.

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