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Howard Theatre

2017 Photo from the Adam Martin collection.
308 N Main St
Taylor TX 76574
(512) 365-2995

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Record #15190  
 Opened: 1925
Capacity: 468 seats
Architectural Style(s):
National Register:
Current Organ: none
 Also Known As: Rita
 Previously operated by: Robb & Rowley United Theatres, Rowley United Theatres, United Artists Theatres

Information for this tour was contributed by William T. Parr.

The Howard Theatre was originally built in 1925 or 26 by Howard Bland. This theatre, however is not the original Howard. The Original Howard was directly across the street from this Howard. Originally, the name of this theatre was the Rita and showed all the B-run movies in town. The original Howard was the first run theatre. In the 1950s, the Blands moved the sign off of the original Howard and closed that theatre, over to the newly refurbished Rita/New Howard. Sometime during the late 1950s or early 1960s, the theatre was sold to the Rowley United division of United Artists Theatres. In 1972, the theatre was twinned into its present configuration by adding a stage and wall at the end of the balcony creating an upstairs and downstairs auditorium. In 1990, United Artists sold the theatre back to F. Rhea Cromwell, a descendant of Howard Bland. In turn, the Cromwells have leased the theatre out to several different individuals until 1999, when the current owner purchased the building outright from the Cromwells.

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October 2017 photos from the Adam Martin collection.

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June 2013 photos from the John Stewart collection.

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2002 photos from the William T Parr collection.

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Last featured 3/8/2005. Last edited 4/6/2023.

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