Explore the sights and sounds that Crockett staffers consider among San Antonio's best. From music fests to city-wide celebrations to landmark attractions, these experiences just can't be beat.

They Just Don't Build 'Em Like This Anymore

Stepping inside the majestic is like stepping into another world: a beautiful, ornate past where every detail matters. New buildings just aren't designed with same level of detail.

The Majestic theatre is one of San Antonio's can't miss landmarks. It was built in 1929, with that "everything is bigger in Texas" attitude. It was for many years the largest theatre in Texas -- seating over two thousand -- and it was the first of its kind to be fully air conditioned.  

The single-story lobby is lit by copper lanterns. Tropical fish dart across aquariums. Replicas of Greek, Roman, and Renaissance sculptures abound. In the theatre hall, you'll look up to a vaulted "sky" ceiling on which clouds pass and stars twinkle. There are three balconies where stuffed birds perch. Even the basement corridors are covered in art -- autographed murals commemorating past performances.  

The theater has not always thrived as well as it does today. Much of the art, ornamentation, and sculpture required extensive cleaning and restoration. The Majestic has closed twice since opening in 1929. We can thank the Las Casas Foundation for its renovation.  

The theatre regularly hosts plays, live music, and stand-up comedy. At the end of May, The Wizard of Oz will be on stage for six nights, May 31st - June 5th. That is followed by the Whitesnake: The Greatest Hits Tour on June 6th. Which is followed by comedians Jane Lynch on June 12th and Whoopi Goldberg on June 24th.

In the past, comedians such as George Lopez, Chris Rock, and Jerry Seinfeld have taken the stage. Musical acts include Lyle Lovett, BB King, and Sting. And of course Broadway productions like Wicked, The Lion King, and Cabaret Toured here as well. Although live performance is now The Majestic's forte, the theatre does occasionally go back to its motion picture roots. In 2004, The Alamo, starring Dennis Quaid and Billy Bob Thornton, made its world premier at the Majestic.

After you've had your cinema escape, head back to the comfort of your room at the Crockett for some rest and relaxation.

Address: 224 E Houston St, San Antonio

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