Azteca Theatre

708 N. Mount Vernon Avenue,
San Bernardino, CA 92411

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Azteca Theatre

Opened around 1922 as the Columbus Theatre. Over the years it operated as a Spanish language movie theatre, and was showing Mexican movies from 1943 when it was operated by Feldstein & Dietrich. By 1981 it was named Azteca Theatre.

Contributed by Ken McIntyre

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kencmcintyre on June 14, 2007 at 7:03 pm

Advertised as a Spanish language theater in the LA Times on 3/15/81.

MagicLantern on June 19, 2010 at 12:28 am

Theatre building is still standing.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on November 12, 2016 at 6:59 pm

This PDF from the San Bernardino Historical and Pioneer Society has two photos, one depicting the Teatro Azteca dated 1988, and a much older but undated photo showing the same building when it housed a theater called the Columbus.

As near as I can discover, the Columbus Theatre opened around 1922 or 1923, and originally served an Italian-American community. That population must not have been large enough to support the theater for long, though, as an item in The San Bernardino County Sun of May 15, 1930, about a real estate deal involving the building, referred to the Columbus as a Mexican movie theater.

The Columbus had its entrance in the first bay of the building, at the corner of 7th Street. I’ve been unable to discover when the house was remodeled and the entrance moved to the center bay, or when it was renamed the Azteca.

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