Cine El Rey Theatre

311 S. 17th Street,
McAllen, TX 78501

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Cine El Rey (Official)

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Previously operated by: Interstate Theatres Inc. & Texas Consolidated Theaters Inc.

Architects: W.E. Crawford

Functions: Live Performances

Styles: Streamline Moderne

Phone Numbers: Box Office: 956.432.6765

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Cine El Rey Theatre

Built by Interstate Theatres Inc. and opened April 22, 1948, Cine El Rey served McAllen’s Hispanic community for 40 years before closing down. Many of Mexico’s greatest performers made personal appearances on its stage.

The Cine El Rey underwent restoration by its current owners in 2001 and now serves the newly revitalized Downtown Improvement District.

Contributed by Luis Munoz

Recent comments (view all 4 comments)

kencmcintyre on February 7, 2009 at 12:06 am

Here is a myspace page dedicated to the Cine El Rey:

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on April 24, 2009 at 12:35 am

The December 3, 1938, issue of Boxoffice Magazine carried an article about the opening of the Azteca Theatre in McAllen. To be operated by Interstate Theatres, the new house had been converted from an existing building on which Interstate had taken a five year lease, and was intended to serve the Spanish-speaking population of the region. Guests at the opening included the Mexican vice-consul.

My guess would be that the Azteca Theatre was a precursor of the Cine El Rey. It is not yet listed at Cinema Treasures. No address was given in the Boxoffice article.

rivest266 on September 22, 2017 at 10:34 pm

Esto se abrió el 22 de abril de 1948. Pequeño anuncio de periódico en la sección de fotos para este cine.

This opened on April 22nd, 1948. A small newspaper ad in the photo section for this cinema.

JimMitchell on January 10, 2019 at 9:51 pm

Cine El Rey made a Los Angeles Times story on President Trump’s visit to McAllen on January 10, 2019. The theatre had tweeted a picture of its marquee, describing McAllen as one of the safest cities in America. The Times story includes the marquee photo.

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