819 W. Commerce Street,
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Showed Spanish language films and vaudeville acts from Mexico. Located at West Commerce Street and North Santa Rosa Avenue in San Antonio. The Teatro Nacional was opened in 1917 with 1,000 seats. It exterior was stucco with painted filigree details. I was taken to this theatre when I was 9 or 10 years old by my aunt in the 1930’s. The Teatro Nacional was closed for three months for renovations, reopening in December 1939. The renovations, which also increased the seating capacity, were carried out to the plans of architect N. Straus Nayfach.
Near the corner of the theatre was a ice cream parlor and across the street was a famous botanica with Mexican silver pesos inlayed on the floor. The botanica moved down to the Market Square at the Mercado and it still exists on a smaller scale.
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