The Aztec Theatre
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Long-running events space showcasing concerts & more amid ornate Aztec-style décor.
Waaaaaaay back in 1926, when MGM and Warner Brothers and Paramount and 20th Century Fox not only made movies, they distributed them, too, ginormous picture palaces, like the Aztec, sprung-up in cities across the United States so that the studios were guaranteed exhibition spaces for their products. No expense was spared to make the venues the poshest and the most glamorous in an effort to lure movie-goers into their gilded portals. Through the years, anti-trust legislation and television changed the film industry, and the great and ornate palaces became second-rate movie theaters, some even showing adult films in an effort to fill the seats. But, everything has a season and, once again, these oracles of opulence are back in fashion. In its early years, the Aztec Theatre featured stage shows (including chorus girls, a 26-piece orchestra and an 11-rank Robert Morton theatre pipe organ), red carpet events and numerous motion picture premiers. Though the theater remained extremely popular for many decades, by the 1970's it was falling on hard times. Later on, the theatre was cut into three auditoriums and billed as the Aztec Triplex, but that only slowed the eventual decline. By 1984, the years of neglect and urban decay led to the theatre's closure. The San Antonio Conservation Society rescued the Aztec from demolition in 1989 and the theatre was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1992. Considered by many as a Meso-American architectural work of art, the Aztec boasts a dramatic combination of authentic columns, reliefs and artifacts. From its stunning lobby and mezzanine to the glorious theatre and balcony, the Aztec Theatre is an experience unlike any other. After an extensive and costly remodeling by PHH Entertainment Ventures that included the construction of a tiered platform structure and the introduction of a state-of-the-art sound system, the Aztec has returned to its place of prominence in San Antonio's entertainment scene as the ultimate concert experience, with as many as 15 musical events booked each month
Waaaaaaay back in 1926, when MGM and Warner Brothers and Paramount and 20th Century Fox not only made movies, they distributed them, too, ginormous picture palaces, like the Aztec, sprung-up in cities across the United States so that the studios were guaranteed exhibition spaces for their products.…
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