Aztec On The River

Aztec On The River

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caption = Aztec On The River Theater
location= San Antonio, Texas
lat_degrees = 29
lat_minutes = 25
lat_seconds = 28
lat_direction = N
long_degrees = 98
long_minutes = 29
long_seconds = 27
long_direction = W
locmapin = Texas
area =
built =1926
architect= Kelly,Robert B.; Pianta,Hannibal
architecture= Other
added = October 22, 1992
governing_body = Private
refnum=92001403cite web|url=|title=National Register Information System|date=2008-04-15|work=National Register of Historic Places|publisher=National Park Service]

104 N. St. Mary's Street - San Antonio, Texas 78205
On the Riverwalk at E.Commerce & N.St.Mary's


Built in 1926, the Aztec Theater is a notable example of the impressive exotic-theme motion picture palaces constructed in the United States during the economic boom of the 1920s. It is the only surviving exotic-themed movie palace in Texas, and is one of the most impressive such buildings in the U.S.

Though the theater remained highly popular for many decades, by the 70s, it was in decline. It was cut into three auditoriums as the Aztec Triplex, but this only slowed the eventual. In 1989, the Aztec closed. Since October 1992, the theatre is listed in the National Register of Historic Places, which helped save it from demolition. Based on San Antonio’s Riverwalk, the second most popular tourist attraction in Texas, the new Aztec On The River re-opened in May 2006.

The first 18 months of its reopening, the theatre struggled to bring in customers and low attendance "brought in new management and new strategies for the Aztec" (|date=June 2008

The theater closed on 17 December 2007 for refurbishment, with a reopening date initially set for the end of 2008 (, with Drury Hotels planning to spend $4 million to convert the facility into a concert venue (

Architectural Features

The Aztec was designed by the firm of Meyer & Holler.Listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 1989 , it is decorated with vibrantly-colored columns, sculptures, furnishings and murals, many of which are authentic reproductions of Meso-American artifacts. Hanging in front of the stage is the original fire screen, a painting depicting the meeting of the Aztec ruler Montezuma II and Spanish conquistador Hernan Cortes in 1519.The interior of the theater is embellished with fixtures, furnishings, relief carvings, sculpture, plaques, painted symbols and architectural elements inspired by the Aztec, Mixtec, Zapotec, Toltec, and Mayan cultures. The theater is housed in a six-story office building.

A massive two-ton chandelier dominates the theater lobby. Added to the theatre in 1929, the chandelier has been completely restored by the grandson of the original designer.

The Aztec Theatre is quoted in Patricia Schultz's travel book 1,000 Places to See Before You Die.

Retail shops

The Riverwalk level of the Aztec Theater features retail outlets, a restaurant and a bar :
* The Concession and Ticket Shop of the theater itself.
* It's Aglow - selling candles holders and ornaments made from a rock sourced from Utah.
* A Taste of Texas Wine - Offering a portfolio of wines from vintners across Texas.
* Iron Cactus Mexican Grill: Tex Mex restaurant
* Agave Bar: named one of the top ten tequila bars in the country, it feature over 80 selections of tequila from Mexico and specialize in a variety of margaritas and tequila drinks unique to Texas.



External links

* [ Cinema Treasures]
* [ San Antonio Conservation Society]

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