Theatres >Empire Theatre
226 E Houston St, San Antonio, TX | Directions 7820529.426491 -98.490398
Neighborhoods: Downtown, Central San Antonio
A simply magical place – I love going to the theatre and have been to several venues, most of them much newer than the Majestic. I would not trade those comfortable chairs in the newer theatres for one second of sitting in that magical theatre. It reminded me so much of the theatre I went to in Prague, Czech Republic. Beautiful and the acostics are fabulous. I will go back many times.
The elaborate decor sets the stage for a magical evening, even before the curtains open. – The Experience
The utilitarian entrance for the Majestic doesn't hint at the grandeur inside. A faux sky sets the stage at perpetual dusk, just as the stars become visible. A facade of mission architecture frames the stage and repeats throughout the building, even in the upper balcony light fixtures.
The jewel of the Houston Street Revival, the Majestic was built in 1928 as a vaudeville movie palace. Like much of the city, the theatre fell into disrepair for a while. Las Casas, the Foundation for Cultural Arts in San Antonio, spent $4.5 million to restore the theatre to its former beauty. Now the Theatre is home to the San Antonio Symphony performances and Broadway touring shows.
Could be better – Good locale for shows, but could be better with more comfortable chairs and more current shows.
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