Cine El Rey Theatre

311 South 17th Street,
McAllen, TX 78501

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Built by Interstate in 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

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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on October 29, 2006 at 6:28 pm

Added to the National Register of Historical Places in 2002:

Cine El Rey (added 2002 – Building – #02000402)
311 S. 17th St., McAllen
Historic Significance: Event, Architecture/Engineering
Architect, builder, or engineer: Texas Consolidated Theaters, Crawford, W.E.
Architectural Style: Moderne
Area of Significance: Architecture, Entertainment/Recreation, Hispanic
Cultural Affiliation:
Period of Significance: 1925-1949, 1950-1974
Owner: Private
Historic Function: Recreation And Culture
Historic Sub-function: Theater
Current Function: Recreation And Culture, Work In Progress
Current Sub-function: Theater

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on November 28, 2006 at 11:37 am

This is a recent night view of the Cine El Rey.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on April 7, 2008 at 3:27 am

Here is another photo of the Cine El Rey.

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.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on July 24, 2009 at 6:01 pm

Here is a recent night photo.

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