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Karl St. John Hoblitzelle

(October 22, 1879 - March 8, 1967)

 
 
Karl St. John Hoblitzelle Texas Historical Marker image. Click for full size.
By QuesterMark, February 23, 2019
1. Karl St. John Hoblitzelle Texas Historical Marker
Inscription.  A young Missourian, Karl Hoblitzelle in 1904 helped produce the St. Louis World's Fair, where he gained respect for vaudeville. In 1905 he founded Interstate Amusement Company and opened theatres in Dallas, Fort Worth, Waco, and San Antonio. Soon he had theatres from Texas to Alabama. The Majestic Theatre was his headquarters for many years. About 1920 he began showing motion pictures. A pioneer in wiring for sound and in air-conditioning his theatres, he set national trends as an exhibitor.

Prominent in planning the 1936 Centennial of Texas Independence, he also headed the 1945-46 celebration of a Century of Texas Statehood. Later he organized a foundation for promoting knowledge of Texas history. In 1942 he and his wife, Esther (Thomas), chartered a philanthropic foundation and channeled funds to schools, hospitals, agriculture, and other endeavors.

Seeking to improve entertainment, he collected widely on topics as diverse as circus, cinema, opera and puppetry. In 1956 he gave his archives to the University of Texas at Austin as the nucleus for the Hoblitzelle Theatre Arts Library. The Medal of Good Merit was awarded to him by

All The World's A Stage, And All The Men And Women Merely Players. image. Click for full size.
By QuesterMark, February 23, 2019
2. All The World's A Stage, And All The Men And Women Merely Players.
--Shakespeare Dedicated to Art, Music and Wholesome Entertainment in grateful recognition of the support always given me by the people of Dallas. --Karl Hoblitzelle October 18, 1820
Pope Pius XII for his works in education and charity.
 
Erected 1979 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 6740.)
 
Location. 32° 46.948′ N, 96° 47.694′ W. Marker is in Dallas, Texas, in Dallas County. Marker is on Elm Street, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1925 Elm Street, Dallas TX 75201, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Majestic Theatre (here, next to this marker); Hilton Hotel (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); First United Methodist Church of Dallas (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Dallas Symphony (approx. half a mile away); St. Paul United Methodist Church (approx. 0.7 miles away); Moorland YMCA Building (approx. 0.7 miles away); Central National Road (approx. 0.7 miles away); John F. Kennedy Memorial Plaza (approx. 0.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Dallas.
 
More about this marker. This marker is on the far right of the Majestic Theatre's facade, at the very edge of the building.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 25, 2019. This page originally submitted on June 25, 2019, by QuesterMark of Fort Worth, Texas. This page has been viewed 51 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on June 25, 2019, by QuesterMark of Fort Worth, Texas. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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