Music - Houston by Dean Martin
Photographed in 1990 and 1994 using film. Photographed in September of 2016 using digital.
There are VERY few photos of the old Sam Houston Coliseum. Mainly exterior shots. I have seen maybe 1 interior shot. These photos are RARE so enjoy!
Sam Houston Coliseum - Opened in 1937, closed and demolished in 1998. The Hobby Center for the Performing Arts was built on the site of the old Coliseum, and opened in 2003.
Location - 801 Bagby Street Houston, Texas The Coliseum was located at the southwest corner of the intersection of Bagby Street and Rusk Street, on the western outskirts of downtown Houston.
The site where the Coliseum stood has been a meeting place for Houstonians since 1928. Before the Coliseum was built in 1937, Sam Houston Hall occupied the site. The Hall was built in 1928 for the Democratic National Convention of that same year. The wooden building went up in 2 months. Sam Houston Hall stood for only 9 years before being torn down. Up went the Sam Houston Coliseum, which was built together with the Houston Music hall. The Music Hall sat right next to the Coliseum. The Coliseum hosted its share of rock concerts from the 60's thru the 90's. Elvis, the Beatles and the Eagles were just a few to play here. Jimi Hendrix gave his last concert in Houston here 3 months before he died in 1970.
Sam Houston Coliseum was built for sports. Most notably basketball and hockey. In 1946, the building was fitted for permanent ice making and Houston's first hockey team, the Houston Skippers of the USHL, called it home. The Coliseum had the Houston Apollos of the CPHL there from 1965-1969. The Houston Mavericks of the old ABA used the Coliseum as a home floor from 1967-1969. In 1971 when the San Diego Rockets of the NBA moved to Houston, they refused to play at the now outdated and decrepit Coliseum. That basically sealed the fate for the Coliseum. It was further doomed when the Houston Summit opened in 1975, and became the home for the Houston Rockets.
Last but not least, probably the most famous tenant was the Houston Aeros of the old WHA. Houston had the three Howe's. Marty, Mark, and some old guy named Gordie. Gordie, aka "Mr. Hockey" once told me, the old Coliseum had rats the size of cats running around. He also said the locker rooms were less than adequate. The Aeros, with Gordie, played here from 1972-1975. They were by far the biggest sports draw at the old Coliseum.
Being way outdated and lacking any sort of permanent team, the old Coliseum and Houston Music Hall were finally demolished in 1998. The former Coliseum and Music Hall site have now been transformed into the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts.
The Coliseum from Bagby and Rusk Streets, circa 1990.
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The cramped concourse of the Coliseum.
The Coliseum front in 1994. My blue Toyota pick up truck photobomed!
And the Coliseum 4 years later in 1994.
The former coliseum has now been rebuilt as the Hobby center for the performing arts. Photographed in September of 2016.