Only on Jefferson Blvd: The Texas Theatre turns 85

The Texas Theatre celebrated its 85th anniversary April 21. Festivities included the cracking of a safe supposedly once owned by Howard Hughes. Artist Bryan Campbell, channeling 1980s Geraldo Rivera, emceed the event, which was streamed online. Much like the anticlimactic ending to Rivera’s 1986 opening of Al Capone’s vault, the safe at Texas Theatre was empty. At the end of his performance, Campbell was struck by a folding chair, a staged event reminiscent of Rivera having had his nose broken by a thrown chair during a 1988 brawl on his talk show.

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