The Dixie Theatre and Roller Skating Rink, owned by R. B. Rodgers opened at this location in 1908.
The name was changed to Star Theatre in the 1920s. It became the Lindell Theatre in the 1930s when E. N. Collins purchased it.
Collins sold it to the Long Theatre Circuit in 1947, who renamed it as the Long-Lindell Theatre. Also in 1947, the Jewel Theater in Texas City (also owned by the Long Theater Circuit) was damaged during the 1947 Texas City Disaster.
The circuit’s owner had the Jewel Theater sign moved to Humble. Once the Texas City Jewel Theater signed was moved to Humble, the Long-Lindell Theater was renamed as the “Jewel Theatre. “ The Jewel Theatre in Humble was an important place for people to watch movies and socialize.
It closed in 1980 after multiple theaters opened on Houston Avenue. On the night of February 4, 1981, a fire quickly destroyed the complete interior of the building.
It was eventually remodeled for use by businesses. Humble businesses and citizens worked to restore the original sign, and it was lighting up Main Street again in 2007. Lawyer Patricia Garcia Billings purchased the Jewel Theatre in February 2019.
Carl Sears of Sign Mart made a very beautiful replica of the iconic Jewel Theatre sign and donated it to the museum as part of its grand re-opening.