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Cinema Treasures members have probably already noticed the site has two separate pages for the Cameo…this one, and one showing the address at 619 E. Commerce. First, it’s safe to say the two are one and the same. San Antonio certainly didn’t have two Cameos five blocks apart in the 1940s. The 600 block of east Commerce starts at Alamo St., and the cross streets back west to the river are the same as they were in 1940. Thus, I believe the 600 block now is the same 600 block that existed when the Cameo was built. This leads to the conclusion that the 619 address is simply wrong. Does anyone have anything different?
Even though I was born and raised here in S.A., I was away for many years. Sorry, but I don’t remember the lobby you describe. I’m not even sure I was ever in the Uptown. It was not the Josephine, at least in 1953, because I worked there that year. While the Josephine is not in the Cinema Treasures database, it is in current use as a home for Musical Theatre productions.
The Cameo has been used recently for legitimate theatre by the Actor’s Theatre of San Antonio (ATSA). The theatre is in good condition, and is (as far as I know), available for rent.
I worked for Interstate Theaters in the early 1950s, at the Texas, Majestic, Empire, Laurel, and Woodlawn. I was at the Laurel in 1951, so I know it predates that. At the time, it seemed fairly new, so I suspect (but am not sure) that it went up shortly after WWII.