As one of the top cultural hotspots in Texas and in the United States, it is little wonder that swarms of tourists flock regularly to San Antonio. Things to do in this huge riverside city are so plenty that a weekend is not enough to visit this festive city. There are shops brimming with trinkets and small treasures to buy, local bars and restaurants to patronize, museums and theaters to enjoy, cultural activities to attend, and the list goes on. For the lover of theater, drama, and performing arts, San Antonio boasts of many of the best theaters in the country. Here are some of them.
224 E. Houston Street
San Antonio, Texas 78205
Located near the heart of the city, the Majestic Theatre is easily accessible to any tourist staying in a downtown San Antonio Bed and Breakfast. The theatre, housed in a building known as one of the most ornate, modern buildings in the United States, was fully constructed and opened to the public in 1929. What separates the Majestic Theatre apart from anything else, besides being home to the famed San Antonio Symphony and the Broadway shows that visit Texas regularly, is its vaulted ceiling designed like a sky. It comes complete with clouds drifting overhead and stars that twinkle in the night. Visiting this one-of-a-kind theater is a must if you plan to go to San Antonio.
Arneson River Theater
South Alamo at Nueva or Riverwalk
San Antonio, Texas 78205-2918
The Arneson River Theater is one of the most unique places to watch staged shows and performances. Located on the south side of the river, the open-air theater allows patrons to sit on the tiered, grass-covered seats on the north side to watch the performances. Up to 1,000 guests can be accommodated at one time. The river division between the stage and the audience is an excellent way to provide a relaxed theater atmosphere, complemented by great acoustics. Located right in the middle of the historical La Villita neighborhood, the Arneson River Theater is easily accessible to any San Antonio Inn of your choice.
Museo Alameda (Alameda Theater)
101 South Santa Rosa Street
San Antonio, Texas 78215b
Built after the Second World War, the Alameda Theater is one of the last grand movie palaces that showcased Spanish entertainment. The theater is the performing arts unit of the National Center for Latino Arts and Culture and it is being sponsored by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, as well as the Smithsonian Institute. Currently, the Alameda Theater is closed for rehabilitation so that visitors may get to enjoy its restored vintage atmosphere coupled with state-of-the-art facilities and the signature black-lighted murals as it reopens in September 2011. Some of the anticipated events include theater productions, films, operas, concerts, dances, and public performances.
All these San Antonio theaters are openly accessible to tourists and locals. It's quite easy to walk up to the ticket counters to purchase your tickets, right before the shows begin. If you are visiting with a large group, it's better to call ahead and make reservations.