Aztec 3 Theatre - San Antonio Tx *OPEN! - Photo #2
*Aztec 3 Theatre, located at 104 N. St. Mary's St in San Antonio Texas. Open. [Closed at the time of this photo].
Opening on June 4 1926, this beautiful theatre could seat an estimated 3000 people. The Aztec Theatre featured stage shows, including chorus girls, a 26-piece orchestra, an 11-rank Robert Morton (restored by Ed Gaida in 1958), and motion picutres (not long after the theater opened, it switched to sound, starting with John Barrymore’s "Don Juan" in 1927.) Sometime during the 1970's, as business had fallen off, the theatre was divided into 3 auditoriums. The name was changed to the Aztec Triplex. Two things happened in 1989. The Aztec closed but it was also added to the National Register of Historic Places, which helped save it from demolition. It sat vacant for several years but by the mid 1990's, the city of San Antonio acquired the theatre. Now known as Aztec on the River, a mixed entertainment venue and retail/restaurant area, the theater was restored to its 1920’s appearance, the auditorium re-converted into a single screen. Aztec on the River opened to the public in 2007, however it closed on December 18, 2007, for construction work and anticipated reopening in Spring 2008. This date was put back to Spring 2009, and was further delayed, with a reopening in late-2009 with the San Antonio Rose Show, featuring Country music. This show was still playing in March 2010. The Aztec Theatre was closed by the summer of 2012, but had reopened by 2014.*
*The above information (& some direct quotes) is from the website:. cinematreasures.org/theaters/3160, (Contributed by Bryan Krefft, Ed Gaida)..
The Structure was built Circa:. 1926..
Photo Taken: April 2000 (Film)
Photo Taken By: Randy A. Carlisle
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