Waco: Iconic theater sign comes down

The vertical sign on Waco's 25th Street Theatre (left) posed a safety hazard and was removed (right). (Staff photos)
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WACO, Texas (KWTX) Crews Thursday removed an iconic sign from a long vacant North Waco theater.

The sign, which stretched from the marquee to the top of the tower in the front of the nearly 75-year-old 25th Street Theatre had “deteriorated to a level that creates potential safety concerns,” the City of Waco said in a press release.

Representatives of a local sign company and a structural engineer inspected the sign and agreed it needed to come down, the city said.

“Given the age, size and location of the sign over a sidewalk and traffic intersection, both evaluation firms (recommended) that immediate steps should be taken to safely remove and store the sign in a safe place,” the city said.

In May 2018, the Waco City Council approved the purchase of the theater for no more than $88,000 as the site for a $5.1 million fire station.

The initial plan was to remodel the existing building, but city staff members have advised the council that the structure isn’t structurally sound, although discussions over the theater’s fate continue.

“As plans for the new fire station at that location continue to develop, meetings will be held with architects and developers to receive input from the public,” the city said.