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Club Blu closed a few months ago. I can’t brag about my prediction since it was obvious to anyone who knows the history of most downtown clubs. I drove by the old theater 4 days ago and took a picture. Unfortunately I have nowhere to post it, but it does look nice except for the big yellow sign advertising the vacant building as FOR LEASE.
If I’m not mistaken, the theater was also once known as the Capri. I believe it was in the area that is now the parking lot for the Chase bank building downtown. This was the theater that held the locally publicized premiere to the ill-fated movie “Manos: The Hands of Fate”. The movie was a total turkey and everyone hated it. Around 25 years later it would be featured on Mystery Science Theater 3000 on Comedy Central and would go on to become a cult favorite. Go figure.
Wow, it’s hard to believe the street in that area is completely clear of both cars and pedestrians. I passed by there this past Saturday and it’s always swamped. To be fair, it is very close to a major border crossing.
I passed by the old Palace on Monday. It’s no longer called The Zone anymore. Now it’s some club called Blu. That’s the fourth club to open there in about ten years. I bet this one doesn’t last another year.
Club Xscape closed down a few months ago and the building was sold and it now ANOTHER club. It is now called The Zone. The building is in very good condition last I saw and looks to remain standing.
Okay, so I can’t spell “Stanton” correctly. :P
My mistake. Colon Theater is not a shoestore, it is now called Abelito’s Toys (though whoever runs this store spells it “Toy’s”).
The CURRENT website for the Plaza Theater is http://plazatheater.statonstreetgroup.com
The site has a virtual tour, teachers' guide and a listing of the theater’s history.
The theater is still being renovated. Go downtown in El Paso and you’ll see the area clearly from Santa Fe near city hall and the Insights Museaum.
The Palace Theater was actually the Palace nightclub in the 90s before it was reopened as Club Xscape sometime later. The balcony is still up and has been renovated. The dance area is where the stage and screen once were. Since a one-screen movie theater would never be able to stay in business these days I’m glad that the building is still in use and in good condition.
The Colon Theater was NOT demolished in the 1960s. In fact I passed by it this morning. It may now be a shoestore, but even the sign is still there!