Aztec Theatre

104 N. St. Mary's Street,
San Antonio, TX 78205

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Paul Fortini
Paul Fortini on March 7, 2023 at 4:34 am

A great photo can be found here

Justwideman on August 3, 2021 at 2:49 pm

They have live music and stand-up shows there mostly now.

rivest266 on January 14, 2020 at 2:06 pm

Reopened as a 3-plex on July 2nd, 1971. Grand opening ad posted.

mujerado on January 11, 2020 at 4:18 pm

It’s too bad so many wonderful theaters have stopped showing movies. I saw Dr. Zhivago back in early 1967, while I was in combat medic training at Fort Sam. It was a memorable Sunday afternoon I still recall to this day.

rivest266 on January 11, 2020 at 11:41 am

Grand opening ads posted

mikehume on August 5, 2019 at 12:25 am

I spent a day photographing the Aztec in March 2019 courtesy of Live Nation. You can see all the photos, plus the historic documents and theatre history I pulled together, at

DavidZornig on May 14, 2015 at 6:17 pm

Wider, brighter version of the 1954 photo added. Courtesy of the AmeriCar The Beautiful Facebook page

Ripshin on March 4, 2015 at 4:46 pm

If you look at the current site, there is a photo of a large statue – more like an Aztec god, I think.

loveoldtheaters on March 3, 2015 at 6:20 pm

My Mom was from San Antonio and she spent many a happy Saturday watching movies at the Aztec. She talked about it’s spectacular interior. I thought she said it had a huge indian statue inside. Is that still there and is that true? I’ve seen a few old pics of the interior. I’m so glad it’s reopened. I wish I lived closer to come see it open!

Ripshin on February 7, 2015 at 9:43 am

The newspaper today, states that the company renting the theater, has bought it. Meaning more of the same performance/shows. Some acts are obscure. Apparently, it is doing well, or the renters wouldn’t have “gone for it.”

Ripshin on January 4, 2015 at 10:53 pm

Alamo Drafthouse could make it one of their flagships.

spectrum on January 4, 2015 at 7:09 pm

From their seating charts, it looks like a fair amount of the orchestra seating has been removed for standing room, tables and the bar.

Ripshin on October 8, 2014 at 12:56 pm

Frankly, they need to turn this back into a film theater. With the increasing number of locals moving downtown, I think there would be an audience. Catering to the tourists just won’t work. There is already an IMAX downtown, although I think that this theater is equipped to show large films.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on October 8, 2014 at 12:02 pm

Here is the official web site of the Aztec Theatre. There are a few music events scheduled this month, but fewer for November and December. At least the place is open.

Ripshin on September 5, 2013 at 11:40 am

New lessor will attempt to turn it into a House of Blues-style venue.

mobilesworking on March 31, 2013 at 8:17 pm

Just chiming in to say that many of us in the city continue to keep our fingers crossed that someone with vision will purchase this building and put it to proper use.

Ripshin on September 1, 2012 at 1:58 pm

No, the theater will never be demolished. San Antonio has a strict preservation mentality (for the most part). It’s only a matter of time until it’s sold, and put to use. As mentioned in my previous posts, I agree that the past few attempts at programming have been idiotic. It is currently owned by Drury Inns – a most unfortunate situation.

Luis Vazquez
Luis Vazquez on September 1, 2012 at 12:34 pm

The status of this theater needs to be changed to “Closed”. I just passed by the Aztec and the marquee says that it is available to lease. So sad as the theater has been completely and beautifully restored. This theater thrives on tourism yet their “programming” since restoration has been horrible. I’m not the least bit surprised that it failed. The good thing is that I have no fear that the theater has any chance at demolition as it is one the city’s true landmarks and one the country’s best and very few remaining theaters of this Indian style.

Ripshin on August 3, 2012 at 12:15 pm

Didn’t realize that they’d already converted the balcony to twin theaters that soon! Of course, it’s back to a single (empty) theater now – the restoration, however, removed a large percentage of the orchestra seats…

Ripshin on March 30, 2012 at 10:54 am

I walked by The Aztec last week, and they still had the musical country show poster in the window, but there was no sign of life. Everyone in the tourist industry knew that the special effects/IMAX-ish set-up wouldn’t work after restoration, and neither would the country show that followed. A Mexican musical show, minus gimmicks, MIGHT work for a while. Or, a venue for comedians…….The Majestic Theater books a lot of big-name comedians, but it seats more people, as The Aztec lost half (?) of its seating during the restoration. I was surprised to read that it originally had 3,000 seats – seems a lot smaller than The Majestic, even back then.

Actually, “gimmicks” sometimes work with the type of tourist who comes to SA – just not what anybody has tried. Ripley’s has enough of that stuff downtown, anyway. It would take Disney or Universal to pull it off successfully….

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 26, 2012 at 12:43 am

The official web site still exists, but has no shows of any sort listed at all. Instead, it touts the shops and restaurant in the building. When was the last time any events took place in this theater?

The history section of the web site says that the house opened on June 4, 1926, not 1924. An article about the takeover of the Aztec by Publix, in the January 7, 1930, issue of Motion Picture Times, gives the same date, as does every other print source I’ve found.

Ripshin on May 30, 2011 at 9:01 am

This site lists the Aztec as “showing movies”. It must not be a regular occurrence, as their web site makes no reference to films, of any type. The silent “Phantom” film showing, indicated in the photo above, must have been a one-shot deal. I think that the only way that the Aztec can actually make money, is to exhibit special films on a regular basis, and NOT “silent” pictures. San Antonio allowed Ripley’s to take over Alamo Plaza with a variety of questionable “venues”, and the last thing that the adjacent River Walk needs, is another gimmicky showcase. The nearby restored Majestic and Empire Theaters, are controlled by a single entity, and supported by the non-profit Las Casas Foundation. They host travelling shows, and various entertainment groups. The restored Aztec has never found “the proper footing,” and was initially promoted by the nearby flagship Drury Hotel property on the River Walk – for a while, anyway.

Luis Vazquez
Luis Vazquez on May 29, 2011 at 4:08 pm

I can confirm that the Aztec is still open as of today and it is still showing the Country Music showcase. I couldn’t bring myself to sit through something like that even though I would have loved to have seen the auditorium. At least this spectacular theater (which is in a relatively rare style) was saved.

Ripshin on January 22, 2011 at 1:28 pm

Actually, it was not completely restored to its former glory – in the theater section, quite a few liberties were taken, to shoe-horn in that ridiculous special-effects theater concept, and then the pseudo-Opryland thing that followed.

drivein2001 on January 21, 2011 at 8:22 pm

Here’s a photo I took some 11 years ago. So glad this Theatre was restored to its former glory..
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