The Majestic Theatre: A Historic Landmark in Downtown San Antonio
The Majestic Theatre was built in 1929 and is a beloved historic landmark in downtown San Antonio. No trip to the Alamo City is complete without a visit to the Majestic, its oldest and largest theater. The theater is home to the San Antonio Symphony and hosts concerts, plays, and musicals three to five times a week. Be sure to check out the event lineup when you're planning a trip to San Antonio. The interior is magnificent and seats up to 2,300 people. The entertainment is always impressive, too. Past acts have included the Gipsy Kings, Diana Krall, Lyle Lovett, and Loretta Lynn in addition to Broadway hits like "The Book of Mormon" and "Wicked."
By Rey Madolora, AFAR Local Expert
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Going for Baroque
San Antonio's National Historic Landmark Majestic Theatre was designed by John Eberson and built in 1929. It was one of the first theaters in the U.S. to be air-conditioned, prompting the matrons of the city to come to the movies in their full length mink coats. Luxury and excess still seem to drip from the Baroque blue "cloudscape" ceiling, where the light bulbs were positioned to mimic the lights in the Texas sky on the night of the theatre's opening (with help for the National Geographic Society). Today, those lights compete with the performing artists that still light up the Majestic's 2,264-seat performing space.
224 E Houston St, San Antonio, TX 78205, USA