No fewer than 11 pairs of scissors reached to cut the ribbon in front of Fifth Ward’s DeLuxe Theater at 3303 Lyons Ave. as it formally reopened yesterday. The 1941 movie-theater-briefly-turned-art-gallery, which has sat empty since 1973, will now host plays, classes, and other community and art events put on by Texas Southern University; TSU jazz students performed at the ribbon-cutting ceremony.
The original facade and marquee have been restored and updated:
The new theater stage comes with seating for 125:
The refurbished space contains a mural featuring Malcolm X and Marco Polo, painted in 1985 by Bert E. Samples for the original East End location of the Lawndale Art Center:
The snippers included representatives of the Fifth Ward Community Redevelopment Corporation, religious leaders, and local and state government reps, among others:
A former furniture store next door has been incorporated into the complex and converted to classroom space.
- Fifth Ward Celebrates Reopening Of Historic DeLuxe Theatre [Houston Public Media]
- DeLuxe Theater reborn in Fifth Ward [Houston Chronicle]
- Previously on Swamplot: The Grand Opening of the Fifth Ward’s DeLuxe Theater; The DeLuxe Theater’s Next Act: Fifth Ward Zydeco Library; DeLuxe Theater Breakaway Sculptors: All They Want for Christmas Is Some 117 Siding
Standalone photo of facade: Bayou City History; other photos: City of Houston Housing and Community Development Deparment via Facebook