Broadway Theatre

4940 Broadway,
San Antonio, TX 78209

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Broadway Theatre

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This was a very attractive theatre in the Art Deco style. The large front facade with the upper portion in a dark pink polished granite with the Art Deco lines down each side and two sections in the middle. Large vertical “Broadway” sign. Lower portion of the facade in a cream color polished granite that is rounded on each side leading into the entranace of the theatre. It had a fairly large triangular marquee with three rows for attraction listings. The box office was to the right side of the entrance.

A large lobby with a good sized balcony. Carpeting throughout the theatre was in a burgandy with abstract patterns. A rather plain auditorium. Total seating was 912. The theatre is located in the Alamo Heights area. A very impressive building and in great shape. With the aquisition of the adjoining property it would make a great multiplex using the existing theatre as the main auditorium much like the Esquire in St. Louis, Missouri.

Contributed by Chuck Van Bibber

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DonLewis on May 19, 2008 at 8:23 pm

A view from 1984 of the Broadway Theater in San Antonio.

kencmcintyre on May 19, 2008 at 9:30 pm

Why does it say 1982?

DonLewis on May 19, 2008 at 10:15 pm

Oops! Sorry for the typo. The photo was taken in 1982.


Lost Memory
Lost Memory on June 23, 2008 at 8:24 pm

Here is an undated photo of the Broadway.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on October 6, 2008 at 11:54 am

This site has some photos. Timeline given is 1939 to 1980.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on March 11, 2009 at 9:14 pm

Another photo can be seen here.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on May 1, 2009 at 12:16 am

Here are two photos from 1984:



Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on July 28, 2009 at 5:59 am

The Broadway opened in 1939, and was one of many theaters designed for the Interstate Circuit during that period by the Dallas firm of Pettigrew & Worley. H.F. Pettigrew and John A. Worley were members of the Advisory Board of Boxoffice Magazine’s Modern Theatre Planning Institute. The Broadway was featured in an illustrated article in Boxoffice’s issue of November 11, 1939.

kencmcintyre on March 16, 2010 at 11:40 pm

Here is the article to which Joe referred:

Tinseltoes on June 17, 2012 at 7:04 pm

Here’s a new link to the 11/11/39 trade journal article: boxofficemagazine

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