Texas Spirit Theater

Multi-sensory theater that delivers crackling lightning, pounding rain, and other surprises

Enjoy one of the most beautiful film experiences in Austin, the Bullock Museum's Texas Spirit Theater, a special-effects space that immerses visitors in the film with crackling lightning, pounding rain, and a few other surprises. Texas is a part of film history and continues to be a hub of talent and creativity. The Bullock Museum film program includes daily screenings, film premieres, special features, and signature programs, including the Texas Focus Series and B Movies & Bad History.

The 200-seat Texas Spirit Theater is Austin's only multi-sensory special-effects theater. In a cinema for the senses, films showing here have great stories and beautiful scenery, but they also have a variety of weather effects and other seat-rumbling surprises.

Star of Destiny

The Bullock Museum's 16-min. family friendly film Star of Destiny is an epic journey through Texas history. Historic events such as the Galveston Hurricane of 1900 come to life with sets, special lighting, and amazing sound effects. Feel the seats shake as a gusher explodes from an East Texas oil derrick. Experience the takeoff of Saturn V as if you were seated at Mission Control at the Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center in Houston. Sound and sensory effects such as wind and smoke help make The Star of Destiny a truly memorable experience for all ages.

Shipwrecked

In the Bullock Museum's latest original production, Shipwrecked, visitors can experience the story of La Belle, one of the ships that was part of French explorer Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle's doomed Texas expedition, told by one of its few survivors. In this 26-min. film, learn about the ill-fated voyage as told by Pierre Talon, a young French boy who set sail for North America in 1684 as part of La Salle's colonization effort. Discover how this thrilling, dangerous, and moving adventure changed the course of history. Recommended for ages 10+.

Special Events

The Texas Spirit Theater is used by the Museum to host film premieres, lectures, panel discussions and other programs and is available for private events. It features a proscenium stage in front of three screens, comfortable seating, and is equipped with multi-sensory technology.

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'Middle of Nowhere' to screen May 5 as part of Femme Film Fridays

April 19, 2017 (Austin, Texas) -- Writer and director Ava DuVernay’s film, Middle of Nowhere, is the May selection for the Bullock Museum’s Femme Film Fridays, a series highlighting the cinematic works of women, in front of and behind the camera. DuVernay won Best Director at Sundance 2012 for the film the The New York Times called “A soul-stirring drama….” View Press Release