SAN ANTONIO -- Built in 1926, the amazing Aztec Theater downtown on N. St. Mary's Street is reopening as an incomparable events venue. In its heyday, it featured numerous movie premieres.Maybe it's been a long time since you were there. In its heyday, it featured numerous movie premieres. Maybe you missed the years it was used for the San Antonio Rose Live show.
In 1988 the San Antonio Conservation Society salvaged the site and in 1992 it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
The theater, listed in Patricia Shultz's "1,000 Places to See Before You Die", is, indeed, something awesome to behold. Standing below the giant replicas of Mayan sculptures, tablets and masks, you might think you are in an Indiana Jones film. But, no, you are in the heart of downtown San Antonio, on the banks of the San Antonio River in a historic theater that a Belgium baron spent $25 million to restore. Owner Theodor Bracht, is offering this Meso-American masterpiece for gatherings of 450 to 1,000 people. With its elaborate sound system its a perfect venue for film screenings, smaller concerts or stage productions.
Wendy Welsh with Outside the Box Events, says several inquiries have already been made into booking the Aztec on the River, including one from "American Idol". But, considering this its incredible decor, you might want to book now for December 21, 2012 - the apocalyptic end of the Mayan calendar. I can't think of a place more apropos for toasting the beginning of the next calender cycle.