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Simon Theatre
U.S. Historic district
Contributing property
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View of the upper story of the Simon Theatre in 2010
Location 109 W. Main St.,
Brenham, Texas
Area less than one acre
Built 1925 (1925)
Built by R.P. Ball
Architect Alfred Finn
Part of Brenham Downtown Historic District (ID04000154)
Designated CP March 10, 2004

The Simon Theatre is a theater in Brenham, Texas. It was built by James Simon, designed by Houston architect Alfred C. Finn, and constructed in 1925. For many decades the Simon Theatre provided the community with a setting for theatrical performances, vaudeville acts, ballroom dances, special events and movies.

Recognition

The Simon Theatre is recognized by The League of Historic American Theatres as a Texas Historic Theatre,

Simon Center

The Simon Theatre is currently under renovations and will be renamed the Simon Center. "Save our Simon" is an organization dedicated to the preservation of the Simon Theatre. On September 28, 2007, the organization raised $1.2 million for the renovation of the Simon Theatre. On February 22, 2007, the chairman of the Texas Historical Commission, John Nau, stated that the Simon Center in downtown Brenham would restore a historic building and be, "a tremendous economic development investment for the community." The plans include refurbishing the 83-year-old theater and ballroom so that it may be used as a convention center and visitors center. The "Save Our Simon reached the $2 million mark at the end of 2008 and has raised $2.3 million so far."

"Dallas architecture ArchiTexas is overseeing the design of the theater. The company has done restorations of courthouses and other old theaters in Texas." Donna Cummins - Save Our Simon administrator stated.

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