Texas Theatre – Dallas, Texas - Atlas Obscura

Texas Theatre

This theatre was made famous after Lee Harvey Oswald was captured inside watching a film.  

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The Texas Theatre was financed by film producer and aviator Howard Hughes. It was unveiled in Dallas’s Oak Cliff neighborhood in 1931. The theatre is better known as the site where Lee Harvey Oswald was captured not long after assassinating President John F. Kennedy and a local police officer. 

Following the incident, the theatre underwent massive renovations as the owners attempted to distance themselves from the incident. The gorgeous Venetian design was covered over by a mid-century, Spanish-style stucco. In 2001, the Oak Cliff Foundation purchased the building. It was then renovated and later added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2003. The top floor of the theatre now often hosts art gallery showings.

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