Woodlawn Theatre

1920 Fredericksburg Road,
San Antonio, TX 78201

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Architects: John Adolph Emil Eberson

Functions: Performing Arts

Styles: Streamline Moderne

Phone Numbers: Box Office: 210.738.1117

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Woodlawn Theatre

This theatre sits on the northwest side of San Antonio. The Woodlawn Theatre opened on August 17, 1945 with Elizabeth Taylor in “National Velvet”. The world premiere of “The Alamo” starring John Wayne was held here in 1960.

It is now used for the performing arts in the area. The neon sign, which was not turned on for many years, has been restored and illuminated in 2012.

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Jim Miller
Jim Miller on July 24, 2006 at 7:17 pm

The Woodlawn is being renovated. I was there a few days ago. It has been completely gutted. The stage has been greatly enlarged. The balcony theatre which was built in 1975 has been removed and it is now a wonderful balcony again! The “satellite projection booth” that was hanging from the ceiling for the big downstairs auditorium has been demolished. The new owner is going to have plays on stage, and occasionally run film. When the big screen gets lit up again, it will be from the original projection room! Nice seats are to be installed, as well as some top notch projection equpment. The wonderful glass bricks that were covered up with the “renovation” in 1975 have been uncovered, and are once again giving the Woodlawn an elegant flair.

Kyleray2001 on September 2, 2006 at 11:18 am

The Woodlawn Theatre is now under the operation of Amphisphere Theatre Productions and will be reopening September 30, 2006. We have reduced the theatre seating to install some dinner theatre seating and increase the size of the stage. The theatre will show classic movies, independent film, artshows, musical theatre, live music, live comedy. The origional architecture is being restored and will preserve the 1950’s Art Deco Style for many more generations to enjoy. For more information go to www.amphisphere.com

AMPHISPHERE on September 3, 2006 at 1:47 pm

GREETINGS SAN ANTONIO! I am JONATHAN PENNINGTON the EXECUTIVE ARTISTIC DIRECTOR for AMPHISPHERE THEATRE PRODUCTIONS. My team is vastly restoring the amazing art-deco WOODLAWN THEATRE. Our passion is to meet your entertainment needs and expectations. Our first musical theatre production is “LITTLE SHOP of HORRORS!” The all-star cast will literally “knock your socks off!” The WOODLAWN THEATRE will not only be the home for live theatre, but also the home for classic movies.


mgvisit on January 3, 2008 at 10:42 pm

2007 Update. Amphisphere Productions at the WOODLAWN Theatre had NINE live performances! There are plans for another awesome year…starting off the year is TAMING OF THE SHREW, which is the only non-musical show. GREASE is the word! Coming to the Woodlawn February – April 2008!

Amphisphere is now a non-profit organization and in need of sponsors. Please contact the theatre to help keep this historic theatre alive.

In addition to performances, classes are offered in the evening and day (for homeschoolers).
Theatre 210-738-1117.

Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on May 25, 2009 at 1:58 am

Any chance anyone can add present day photos of the exterior and interior of what seems to have turned out to be a nicely fixed up theater?

Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on May 25, 2009 at 2:14 am

The address does not work because the street is spelled wrong. When the street is spelled correct the address works and a photo shows up, which if it is scanned will show the theater.

1920 FredEricksburg Rd, San Antonio TX 78201

SanAnMan on October 22, 2012 at 6:01 am

Very pleased to report that the Woodlawn Theatre is alive and kicking as a thriving community theater. Just recently, the neon marquee was repaired and re-lit for the first time in nearly 40 years. It is very much well on the way back to its former glory.

rivest266 on January 11, 2020 at 4:07 pm

The Woodlawn theatre opened on August 17th, 1945 with “National Velvet”. Grand opening ad posted.

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