Court House Stage has been a staple of the park's Texas area theming since the beginning. A bit has changed from the 1960s as the porch and building signage have been modified. There is no longer a grassy area with a lamp post and the court house also now has a different paint scheme. It is also safe to say that the surrounding building fronts have been remodeled/modified since the "then" photo. One thing does remain the same: guests can still enjoy a great gunfight and comedy show when they visit the park during the summer months.
Southern Palace Theatre is the park's prime indoor location to catch live entertainment throughout the season. Prior to 1969, Southern Palace Theatre was an outdoor venue. Brutal summer Texas heat led Six Flags in the direction of enclosing the performance space. Not much has changed since the 1969 season when it comes to the theatre. The doorways, pillars, gardens, and lighting fixtures remain in tact. Though the signage at the top has changed, it still resembles the original. Guests enjoying live productions here are sitting on the original outdoor Amphitheater benches. One prime difference, besides the maturing trees, is the support post sticking out of the top of the building. This was support for the park's AstroLift.
The comparisons between Good Time Square and Gotham city are perhaps the most extreme out of any we've done up to this point. The "then" photo shows off a view of Good Time Square from the 1970s. The bumper cars structure is to the left and the Roto Disco building is to the right. Throughout the years, this area changed quite a bit. The late 1980s brought in the Flashback! roller coaster and the 1950s-themed transformation into Goodtimes Square. In 2016, the park's Gotham City section was quickly expanded and Goodtimes Square essentially disappeared. Today, you can see the yellow, red, and black ride, Catwoman Whip. This took over the location of the bumper cars. The green structure to the right is The Riddler Revenge, which took over the previous Roto Disco/Flashback! location. The winding purple and green roller coaster, The Joker, now sits in an area that would have been behind bumper cars. The only thing that remains the same from this shot is the tree that sits in the flower bed in both photos.
In 1969, Chevrolet came into Six Flags Over Texas and built the Cinesphere Chevy Show. This advanced technology gave guests an IMAX-like experience in which they enjoyed a video feature that played on a 180-degree curved screen. While outside, guests could catch shade under the shown gazebo structure and view current cars from Chevrolet. Much of this location is still the same. The Cinesphere is now known as the Lone Star Theatre and shows much of the same characteristics as it did from the 1970s. Even the covered area still exists, though it looks to have been remodeled since the original construction. Unfortunately, Lone Star Theatre is not utilized often by the park and mainly serves as a relic of the past.
The entrance to Old South is one of the largely unchanged features found inside the park today. Pictured on the left is a man named Randall Duell. Duell was responsible for much of the original design of Six Flags and had quite a resume to back it up. Besides his three Academy Award nominations, Randall Duell also designed for films such as Romeo & Juliet and Singin' in the Rain. As we look at both images you can see that much of the original buildings, though slightly remodeled, are left mostly to their original theme. To the left is the ice cream parlor (now Cold Stone) and to the right is the original Historical Press Bookshop (now Primo's Pizzeria). And, of course, the pillars still signify the entrance into Old South.