Azteca Theater

838 F Street,
Fresno, CA 93706

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Functions: Movies, Special Events

Styles: Streamline Moderne

Previous Names: Teatro Azteca

Phone Numbers: Box Office: 559.776.9163

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Azteca Theater entry

The Azteca Theater opened in 1948 as a venue for both live and film entertainment, and once drew some of the most famous Mexican singers of the day. Before it closed years ago, the Azteca Theater was a dollar movie house showing kung-fu movies.

Closed as a movie theater now for many years, the Azteca Theater, located in Fresno’s Chinatown, was purchased by theater organ enthusiast David Owens who transformed its lobby into a gallery and gift shop. The Azteca Theater was reopened September 26, 2014.

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Impressaria Maria
Impressaria Maria on June 22, 2005 at 11:44 am

The facade is an art deco style even though it was built 1947-8.
I believe it was affiliated with Azteca Films from Mexico, thus the namesake.

kencmcintyre on April 4, 2009 at 6:10 pm

Here is an April 1969 ad from the Fresno Bee:

Impressaria Maria
Impressaria Maria on November 15, 2009 at 8:51 pm

“Arturo Tirado and the Teatro Azteca: Mexican popular culture in the central San Joaquin Valley"
An article by Dr. Guzman the role of Tirado and the Azteca Theater in Hispanic culture in Central California appeared in California History magazine.
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Mikeyisirish on June 26, 2012 at 1:21 pm

A 2011 photo can be seen here.

Impressaria Maria
Impressaria Maria on December 27, 2014 at 1:25 pm

Yhis theater is fully reopened as of Sept. 26, 2014. See photos and events

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