Cowboy Plays the Granada


Granada Theatre
207 E. Holland Avenue
Alpine, Texas

Photographer: Russell Lee
May 1939

United States Farm Security Administration

Original Description:
Children in front of movie theatre, Alpine, Texas

Alpine by David W. Keller:
“The Granada Theatre, built in 1929, was Alpine’s introduction to motion pictures. Eventually closed down and boarded up for decades, in 2009 the Granada was renovated and reopened as a modern performance and event center complete with an upstairs yoga studio.”



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Since 1997 theatre historian,  Cezar Del Valle, has conducted a popular series of  theatre talks and walks, available for  historical societies, libraries, senior centers, etc.

Walks also available at Local Expeditions

Del Valle is the author of the Brooklyn Theatre Index, a three-volume history of borough theatres.

The first two chosen 2010 OUTSTANDING BOOK OF THE YEAR by the Theatre Historical Society. Final volume published in September 2014.

Editing and updating the third edition of the Brooklyn Theatre Index, Volume I.






Aztec Theatre 104 N. St. Mary’s Street, San Antonio, TX

Motion Picture News, March 4, 1927:

“Art of the Aztecs honored in atmospheric theatre.”

“Recreating in a luxurious modern amusement palace the ancient Mayan style of architecture and sculpture, the Aztec Theatre in San Antonio is one of the most interesting innovations in theatre design and decoration.”

Aztec2 “Above is shown the impressive foyer of the Aztec, its massive walls and huge columns, topped with Aztec idols, expressing the atmospheric note which predominates.”

Aztec4“Spacious halls and stairways add to the note of richness of the theatre, as indicated by the mezzanine landing.”

Aztec3“Aztec designs are carried into all furnishings, even to the comfortable lounges provided in the foyer and mezzanine.”

Aztec1“The auditorium, striking in its ornamentation and color.”

“At a price of just under $2 million and with a capacity of 3,000, the Aztec officially opened on June 4, 1926 as one of the most decorative movie theaters in the country” (from the Aztec Theatre website).