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Liberty Hall collection

Identifier: MS 0658
Finding aid note: Stored off-site at the Library Service Center. Please request this material via or call 713-348-2586.

Content Description

This collection consists of the photographs, news clippings, posters, realia and a scrapbook documenting the history of the music venue Liberty Hall. Materials from co-owner Michael Condray's later music venture Showbar is also included.


  • Creation: 1971-2016

Conditions Governing Access

This material is open for research.

Stored offsite at the Library Service Center and require 24-hour notice for retrieval. Please contact the Woodson Research Center at 713-348-2586 or for more information.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish from this material must be obtained from the Woodson Research Center.

Biographical / Historical

Liberty Hall was a music venue located in downtown Houston, Texas from 1971 to 1978. It was originally owned and operated by Michael Condray, Lynda Herrera, and Ryan Trimble. Hosting a wide variety of performers, including Bruce Springsteen, ZZ Top, The Velvet Underground, The Ramones, Lightnin' Hopkins, Big Mama Thornton, and many more, it was known for its low admittance prices of sometimes only two dollars for nationally known entertainers.

Before Liberty Hall, Condray and George Banks, the future graphic illustrator of Liberty Hall posters, opened Jubilee Hall which became the Family Hand, a restaurant and entertainment venue. The restaurant was known for its red beans and rice, prepared by Thera Neumann, the African-American female chef. When Condray began looking for a new location to open with Herrera and Trimble, Neumann found the building that would become Liberty Hall. The building was originally a church built in the 1940s and later became the American Legion Post 391. On March 4, 1971, it opened as Liberty Hall.

Besides the many musicians that performed at Liberty Hall, the venue hosted plays and comedy performances. Cheech and Chong performed for a completely sold out four-night stand for two dollars a ticket. Cheech and Chong credit Liberty Hall for their success. Liberty Hall also hosted rock opera director C. C. Courtney's play "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" from March 23 to April 22, 1972. At the time, it was the longest running play in the history of Houston.

In 1974, Herrera left Liberty Hall with Condray following in 1975. Trimble stayed on until the venue closed in 1978. The building that was once Liberty Hall was soon demolished after its closing. Today, a parking lot near the Toyota Center sits where Liberty Hall once was.

Text borrowed from the "Liberty Hall (Houston, Texas)" Wikipedia page written by Woodson staff member Claire Weddle.


9.5 Linear Feet (7 boxes)

6.89 Gigabytes (Nearline access: MS0658aip_001 (6.89 GB))

17.2 Gigabytes (Nearline access: MS0658aip_003 (17.2 GB))

2.60 Gigabytes (Nearline access: MS0658aip_002 (2.60 GB))

Language of Materials



This collection mainly consists of memorabilia and ephemera from the music venue Liberty Hall.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Gerry Ebel, Lynda Herrera, Ryan Trimble, and Bruce Bryant on behalf of Richard "Ace" Brooks in 2016.


Additional materials are expected for this collection.

Guide to the Liberty Hall collection, 1971-2016
Norie Guthrie
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Repository Details

Part of the Woodson Research Center, Rice University, Houston, Texas Repository

Fondren Library MS-44, Rice University
6100 Main St.
Houston Texas 77005 USA