Two old photographs
Main Street and Lamar Avenue, 1941. You don't have to look very hard to find similar photos of this theater district. In addition to the Loew's State and Metropolitan on the left, the Kirby is on the right. The neon sign on the far right belongs to a "feminine apparel" store. This picture was apparently taken before Woolworth's opened at McKinney Avenue and Main Street.
Travis Street and Capitol Avenue, 1913. Contrary to the note on the photograph, I think the photographer was looking north or northeast rather than east. Anyway, this picture was taken just before renovations began on the old Rice Hotel. Farther up Travis, we see the Southern Pacific Building under construction along with the Union National Bank Building just right of center.
(Photographs used with kind permission.)