207 W. 18th
Built in 1871 as a German opera house, the Scottish Rite Theater is Austin’s oldest. The building became home to the Scottish Rite Masons in 1914, and rarely hosted public performances until the Masons launched a nonprofit to run it in 2004. Most shows are geared toward children, but the 400-seat hall with its detailed, hand-painted backdrops has featured everything from Houston-based iconoclast Jandek’s first American show in 2005 to a surprise “ninja gig” by Amanda Palmer during SXSW 2013. Local artists like Mother Falcon and East Cameron Folklore have also used SRT to stage memorably ambitious performances.