Heading out for an evening of live entertainment? In San Antonio, the experience begins as soon as you enter the lobbies of any of our beautiful performing arts centers. The Aztec Theatre is no exception. This venue opened on June 4, 1926, as one of the most decorative movie theaters in the country. And the lobby centerpiece – a three-ton chandelier, two stories tall and 12 feet wide – was the largest in Texas at the time.

The chandelier and the rest of the building are just as breathtaking today. Located in the heart of downtown, the Aztec Theatre is one of our most cherished architectural and historical landmarks. It’s decorated with vibrantly colored columns, sculptures, furnishings, fixtures and murals, many of which are inspired by the Aztec, Mixtec, Zapotec, Toltec and Mayan cultures. The theater made the National Register of Historic Places list in 1992. It’s even included in Patricia Schultz’s travel book 1,000 Places to See Before You Die.

So if you’re planning a special night out, have a look at the Aztec Theatre’s upcoming shows. I love the diversity of the performers, and I’m especially looking forward to Ottmar Liebert on Nov. 21, one of my favorites!

For all these reasons and more, I’m ranking the Aztec Theatre Lobby No. 38 in my 300 Reasons to Love San Antonio list.

There’s no better place to live, work, buy a home and retire than our beautiful city of San Antonio!