The producers shot in San Antonio, Texas to cover one of Interstate's most ornate movie palaces as well as conducting a series of interviews.
The theatre documented was the atmospheric Aztec, opened in 1926.
This theatre was one of a group of Interstate movie houses in downtown San Antonio that made up a virtual theatre row: The Majestic, Empire, and Aztec, all of which still operate and the Texas, (which remains as a facade only). The Aztec went through several iterations over its history: tri-plexed, redeveloped as an Omnimax theatre, and now fully restored by Rick Drury of the Drury Hotel chain as a Bronson-style venue for C&W acts called San Antonio Rose.
Our interviews included local plaster artisan Tom Battersby who has worked on preservation projects for all of the San Antonio Interstate theatres, Killis Almond who is a local architect specializing in rehabs of motion pictures theatres (Interstate: Galveston Opera House [called the State by Interstate], Abilene Paramount), and finally UTSA professor of architecture and author of The Show Starts on the Sidewalk about the history of movie theatres and their architecture, Maggie Valentine.
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