The Aztec Theatre is a historic theater in Downtown San Antonio, Texas, USA.
The Aztec was designed by the firm of Meyer & Holler. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 1992, it is decorated with vibrantly-colored columns, sculptures, furnishings and murals, many of which are authentic reproductions of Meso-American artifacts.
Hanging in front of the stage is the original fire screen, a painting depicting the meeting of the Aztec ruler Montezuma II and Spanish conquistador Hernan Cortes in 1519. The interior of the theater is embellished with fixtures, furnishings, relief carvings, sculpture, plaques, painted symbols and architectural elements inspired by the Aztec, Mixtec, Zapotec, Toltec, and Mayan cultures. The theater is housed in a six-story office building.
A massive two-ton chandelier dominates the theater lobby. Added to the theatre in 1929, the chandelier has been completely restored by the grandson of the original designer.The Aztec Theatre is quoted in Patricia Schultz's travel book 1,000 Places to See Before You Die.
The Riverwalk level of the Aztec Theatre features retail outlets, a restaurant and a bar :
- Iron Cactus Mexican Grill: Tex Mex restaurant.
- Rio San Antonio Cruises: River cruises with entertaining narratives of the rich history of the San Antonio River.
- It's Aglow: selling candles holders and ornaments made from a rock sourced from Utah.
- A Taste of Texas Wine: Offering a portfolio of wines from vintners across Texas.
- Roosters: Men's Grooming Center.
- Agave Bar: named one of the top ten tequila bars in the country, it feature over 80 selections of tequila from Mexico and specialize in a variety of margaritas and tequila drinks unique to Texas.
- San Antonio Rose Live.
- Aztec Ice Cream Shop.