In 1949, the Brunson Theater opened its doors, becoming the vibrant heart of Baytown's historic Texas Avenue. For 34 memorable years, it delighted audiences with Saturday Kiddie Shows, signature pickle juice, Hollywood-style premieres, and fun candy counter displays. Today, the Brunson Theater has been transformed into the Baytown Visitor Information Center, playing a pivotal role in revitalizing the city's downtown. Recently awarded the prestigious 2023 Texas Travel Award for the top mid-market city visitor center in Texas, it stands as a testament to Baytown's rich heritage. Step inside to be greeted by friendly faces, surrounded by historic photos from the theater's golden days. Knowledgeable staff members are on hand to share Brunson stories and provide visitor information for Baytown, the Gulf Coast region, and the state.
During the grand opening, a moving 45-minute documentary about the Brunson Theater was unveiled, and visitors can now watch this emotional tribute from the iconic round red couch. Conveniently located in the heart of the Downtown Arts District, the Visitor Center serves as a gateway to the city's vibrant event spaces.
Moreover, art enthusiasts can stroll the Baytown Sculpture Trail, conveniently located near the Visitor Center. Trail maps and voting sheets are available in the Brunson lobby, allowing visitors to engage with the thriving local art community.
Discover the past, embrace the present, and plan your Baytown adventures at the award-winning Baytown Visitor Information Center. Open Monday-Friday and during most major downtown events.