838 F Street,
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Functions: Movies, Special Events
Styles: Streamline Moderne
Previous Names: Teatro Azteca
The Azteca Theater opened in 1948 as a venue for both live and film entertainment, and once drew some of the most famous Mexican singers of the day. Before it closed years ago, the Azteca Theater was a dollar movie house showing kung-fu movies.
Closed as a movie theater now for many years, the Azteca Theater, located in Fresno’s Chinatown, was purchased by theater organ enthusiast David Owens who transformed its lobby into a gallery and gift shop. The Azteca Theater was reopened September 26, 2014.
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The facade is an art deco style even though it was built 1947-8.
I believe it was affiliated with Azteca Films from Mexico, thus the namesake.
Here is an April 1969 ad from the Fresno Bee:
Here is a 1982 photo:
The Azteca Theater is online at http://www.aztecatheater.com
“Arturo Tirado and the Teatro Azteca: Mexican popular culture in the central San Joaquin Valley"
An article by Dr. Guzman the role of Tirado and the Azteca Theater in Hispanic culture in Central California appeared in California History magazine.
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A couple new pictures
A 2011 photo can be seen here.
Yhis theater is fully reopened as of Sept. 26, 2014. See photos and events https://www.facebook.com/AztecaTheater