Houston Deco: Houston's Modernistic Architecture
1018 Main St.
Completed: 1926
Demolished: 1973
Architect: Alfred C. Finn

The discovery of King Tutankhamen's tomb in 1922 sparked a nationwide craze that resulted in the construction of several Egyptian-themed movie theaters across the country. The Egyptian Deco Metropolitan Theater was Houston's most elaborate downtown movie palace. Behind its traditional Main Street façade, the Metropolitan’s ornate interior was covered in Art Deco zigzags and stylized interpretations of ancient motifs.

above | auditorium, 1926
detail (top) | lobby, 1926
detail (upper center) | staircase, 1926
detail (lower center) | mezzanine lobby, 1926
detail (bottom) | drinking fountains, 1926

Photo courtesy Houston Metropolitan Research Center, Houston Public Library
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