The Texas Theatre in Oak Cliff has a long and lively history. It opened in 1931 with a screening of a Mickey Mouse cartoon and Buster Keaton’s Parlor-Bedroom & Bath. For a brief stint, it was owned by famed billionaire, film producer and aviator Howard Hughes. However, the theater’s real claim to fame comes from a November day in 1963 when 15 Dallas police officers stormed into the building, looking for a man who had walked in without buying a ticket. That man, Lee Harvey Oswald, was suspected of shooting President John F. Kennedy. The theater was renovated to cover the memory, and later it closed for several years. However, today the Texas sign lights the sky again, and movies play in the single-screen theater, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Free parking is available on the street after 4 pm or in the neighboring Bank of Texas parking lot.