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Rainbow Theatre in Houston’s Freedmen’s Town

1940’s photo of the Rainbow Theater’s exterior / Unknown photographer

The Rainbow Theatre was a popular theater located in Houston’s Freedmen’s Town (Fourth Ward). At the time, like the rest of the South, Houston was heavily segregated and this was one of the few Houston-area theaters that Black Houstonians could patronize.

Like most of Freedmen’s Town, the Rainbow Theatre is no longer standing. Today, a Best Western Hotel occupies the former location @ 907 W Dallas.

Scroll down for a contemporary street view of the location and a few extra photos of the Rainbow Theater in its heyday.

Rainbow Theater lobby / 1940
Unknown photographer
Undated photo of an audience in the Rainbow Theater
Unknown Photographer
Photo of the Rainbow Theater’s Interior
Stage facing audience
April 1956 / Dixon Commercial Photography
Photo of the Rainbow Theater’s interior
Rear audience facing stage/screen
April 1956 / Dixon Commercial Photography
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