Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center
1301 Guadalupe Street,
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Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center (Official)
Architects: N. Straus Nayfach
Previous Names: Teatro Guadalupe, Aztlan Theatre
The Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center presents a seaon of events and develops the arts and culture of the Chicano and Latino people. A single story building but a good job was done on the color scheme when it was restored.
When it opened July 3, 1942 as the Teatro Guadalupe, it screened the US premiere of the Mexican film “Aguila roja” starring Victor Manuel Mendoza, a short subject “Un Corto del Genial” featuring Cantinflas and a Mexican cartoon. It had 862 seats. It succumbed to the economics of the 1960’s like many other stand alone theatres. In early-1972 it reopened as the Aztlan Theatre screening American feature films. It was closed in 1973. It later became a flea market.
With the assistance of the mayor of San Antonio and council members loans were obtained for over a million dollars for renovation. The renovation started in 1983. It had its grand reopening in 1984 and is going strong today serving the community.
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