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Austin in Travis County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Cactus Theater

521 E. Sixth Street

 
 
Cactus Theater Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jamie Cox, October 25, 2013
1. Cactus Theater Marker
Inscription. In the 1930's and 40's, the Cactus Theater was owned by legendary vaudeville performer Richard “Skinny” Pryor, and featured cowboy and Spanish language movies. His son, Cactus Pryor, would sell patrons their tickets, pop the popcorn, and run the projector, all the while spouting stories and jokes, perfect training ground for his future as Austin journalist, TV-radio personality, and Texas' favorite political humorist. Cactus finished every radio broadcast with his favorite sign-off phrase, a series of nonsense words, “thermostrockermortimer.”
 
Location. 30° 15.988′ N, 97° 44.248′ W. Marker is in Austin, Texas, in Travis County. Marker is at the intersection of East 6th Street and Red River Street, on the left when traveling west on East 6th Street. Touch for map. Located in front of the Velveeta Room. Marker is at or near this postal address: 521 East 6th Street, Austin TX 78701, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. J. L. Buaas Building (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Randerson-Lundell Building (about 500 feet away); O. Henry (about 500 feet away); Platt-Simpson Building (approx.
The Velveeta Room Comedy Club image. Click for full size.
By Jamie Cox, October 25, 2013
2. The Velveeta Room Comedy Club
0.2 miles away); Saint David’s Episcopal Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); Driskill Hotel (approx. ¼ mile away); Site of John Bremond & Company (approx. ¼ mile away); Sixth Street (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Austin.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 27, 2013, by Jamie Cox of Melbourne, Florida. This page has been viewed 287 times since then and 64 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 27, 2013, by Jamie Cox of Melbourne, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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