San Antonio Performing Arts Venues
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San Antonio Performing Arts: Opera, Ballet, Symphony & more . . .
San Antonio has many performing arts theaters and venues where visitors and residents can enjoy plays, concerts, comedy shows, special events and other performances. The Fairmount Hotel, with its convenient downtown location, provides information on some of San Antonio's performing arts venues, many of which are very close to the hotel.
The San Antonio Symphony is the city's only resident performing arts company of national stature, but smaller, less professional groups keep the local arts scene lively, and cultural organizations draw world-renowned artists. The city provides them with some unique venues -- everything from standout historic structures such as the Majestic, Empire, Arneson, and Sunken Garden theaters to the state-of-the-art AT&T Center.
San Antonio performing arts venues listed by distance from The Fairmount Hotel:
The Magik Theatre 0.3 mi
420 S. Alamo o San Antonio o TX 78205, (210) 227-2751
The Magik Theatre was created as a voice for young people and families throughout the region. It began in 1994 as an offshoot of The Commerce Street Stage, a professional theatre for both adults and youth. As a top-flight children's theater, this group focuses on producing classic children's tales with an occasional twist. If you're visiting around Christmas, be sure to check out perennial favorite The Grinch . The downtown location makes this theater a perfect diversion for travel-weary kids and their parents.
Arneson River Theatre 0.4 mi
418 Villita St, San Antonio, TX 78205, 210-207-8610
Arneson River Theater, built in 1939, is an outdoor performance theater located in the San Antonio River Walk, next to La Vallita. No visit to San Antonio is complete without a stop at Arneson River Theatre. Located in historic La Villita, there are no bad seats here. You are never more than 13 rows from the entertainment stage on the opposite side of the river. The sound that crosses the water from the stage makes for great acoustics in an intimate setting. On summer nights, folk dances, opera, flamenco and other musical events grace the moated stage. This historic San Antonio theatre is the perfect outdoor venue to watch a dance or musical performance.
Lila Cockrell Theatre 0.4 mi
200 E. Market, San Antonio, TX 78205
The Lila Cockrell Theatre, opened in 1968, is a performing arts venue that hosts ballet, opera, theater and individual concert events. Named after a former San Antonio Mayor, the Lila Cockrell Theatre is located on the east bank of the famous Riverwalk at the Convention Center Complex. A unique feature of the building is the Juan O'Gorman mosaic mural located on the exterior fašade.The mural symbolizes the progress made by the confluence of civilizations in the Western Hemisphere starting with Adam and Eve in the center, with European civilization depicted to the right, and indigenous meso-American civilization to the left. The 2,521-seat theater is divided into three levels. It is a very comfortable auditorium with plenty of space between the rows and plush seating. The large stage provides easy viewing and accessibility.
San Antonio Symphony 0.8 mi
212 E. Houston Street, San Antonio TX; Tel. 210.554.1010
Aside from symphony music, the San Antonio Symphony also hosts chamber music and opera. Located in the heart of downtown San Antonio, the Majestic Theatre is the performance home of the San Antonio Symphony.
The Majestic Theatre 0.8 mi
208 E. Houston o San Antonio o TX 78205, (210) 226-5700
On of the most ornate theatres in the country, the 2311-seat Majestic Theatre is home to the San Antonio Symphony, plays, operas, musical concerts, comedy performances, and much more. The Majestic is a Recorded Texas Historic Landmark and was listed on the National Register of Historical Places in 1975.
Empire Theatre 0.9 mi
226 N. St. Mary's Street, San Antonio, Texas 78205, (210) 226-5700
The Empire Theatre is host to productions, banquets, cabaret, chamber orchestras and touring plays. The historical theater is the sister property to San Antonio's Majestic Theatre. The Charline McCombs Empire Theatre was built in 1913, and was renovated and re-opened in 1998. The 60-foot high, four-story building is now home to a state-of-the-art lighting and sound system and is considered ideal for live productions. The Empire was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1999.
San Antonio Municipal Auditorium 1.1 mi
100 Auditorium Circle, San Antonio, TX 78205, (210) 207-8511
Opulence and attention to architectural detail are characteristic of this San Antonio meeting venues. Built in 1926 as a memorial to World War I veterans, a fire in 1979 completely gutted the auditorium's interior. In 1985, the renovated and modernized building was re-dedicated. Although the building was modernized, the stately elegance and grandeur of a by-gone era was retained. The beautiful stage proscenium and decorative organ grills that are on either side of it, make any stage presentation a first class production. The stage boasts of the 45 foot by 75 foot stage, with a 37 and a half foot high proscenium arch. The stage is complete with a full complement of curtains, theatrical lighting and a concert quality sound system. The main auditorium seats nearly five thousand.
The Alameda Theater 1.3 mi
318 W. Houston Street, San Antonio, Texas 78205, 210.299.4300
The Alameda Theater is one of the last grand movie palaces built in the U.S. (opening in 1949) and was the largest theater in the U.S. dedicated to Spanish-language entertainment. The theater is often referred to as the "Apollo Theater for Latinos" and is known for the house's extensive black lighted murals. Today the theater, in association with the Smithsonian Institution and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, is the performing arts component of the National Center for Latino Arts and Culture, which was formally organized in 2001. Upon completion of the theater's renovation, it will be a state-of-the-art facility capable of housing performing arts mediums such as television and full Broadway productions, theater, opera, dance, concerts and film.
Carver Community Cultural Center 1.9 mi
226 N. Hackberry, San Antonio TX, 78202 210.207.7211
The Carver Cultural Center is primarily focused on the artistic achievements of African Americans. The facility consists of a 650-seat theater, a 12,000 square-foot production facility and a 10,000 square-foot garden. In addition to putting on a variety of performances, the center also offers classes in music, dance and theatre.
San Pedro Playhouse - San Antonio Little Theater 4.1 mi
800 West Ashby, San Antonio, TX 78212, 210-733-7258
San Antonio's San Pedro Playhouse is the country's oldest city-built playhouse (finished in 1929), and is located on San Antonio's San Pedro Park, the first city park in the country. A non-profit organization, the San Pedro Playhouse produces professional-quality community theater productions. Majestically rising through the trees of San Pedro Park, the elegant, Greek Revival-style San Pedro Playhouse holds tales as dramatic and colorful as the plays that have graced its stages over the past 75 years.
Sunken Garden Theater 4.3 mi
3975 N. St. Mary's St., San Antonio, TX 78212, 210-207-3050
Historic Sunken Garden Theater is an open air amphitheater used for both commercial functions and City co-sponsored events. Programs presented at the theater on a regular basis include comedy, Shakespearean drama and concerts ranging from jazz to hard rock. The seating currently comprises 872 permanently installed seats and the promotor has the option of adding folding chairs for a total general admittance of 2,700. The general admittance to the fenced grounds of the theater is 4,800 spectators. Lcated next to the Japanese Tea Gardens.
AT&T Center 6.3 mi
AT&T Center Pkwy., San Antonio, TX; Tel. 210.444.5000
Formerly the SBC Center, this $186 million indoor arena is home to the NBA San Antonio Spurs and AHL Rampage, except when the San Antonio Livestock Show and Rodeo comes to town. Imposing and grand, the AT&T Center has plenty of parking in addition to many concession stands and a Terrace restaurant for hungry sports fans or concert goers. Diehard Spurs fans must pay a visit to the FANShop located on the Plaza Level.