The Kessler Theater

1230 W. Davis St.
Dallas, TX 75208
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  • Thu 6pm-11pm, Fri-Sat 6pm-2am
Known simply as "The Kessler" to insiders who frequent the recently remodeled theater, this Oak Cliff establishment has remained a fixture on the corner of Davis Street and Clinton Avenue since 1942. Over the years, it's been a movie theater and a revival tabernacle, but sat dormant from 1978 until 2009. With Oak Cliff's recent cultural resurgence, The Kessler has been renovated and reopened. Now, it functions as a dance studio, concert venue, an art gallery with a frequently changing gallery space and a bar that offers a much wider variety of drinks than your typical music venue. Locally brewed beers and well-priced spirits stream from the art deco designed bar, which has a 1930s New York feel--but according to the owner, The Kessler's vibe is "exclusively Oak Cliff."

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