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The Historic Aztec Theatre

Built in 1926, the 1600-capacity Aztec Theatre is a notable example of the impressive exotic-theme motion picture palaces constructed in the United States during the economic boom of the 1920s. It is decorated with vibrantly-colored columns, sculptures, furnishings and murals, many of which are authentic reproductions of Meso-American artifacts. A massive two-ton chandelier dominates the theater lobby. The chandelier was installed the same day the stock market crashed in 1929. In the 1970s, the Aztec Theatre was divided into three screens and became known as the Aztec Triplex, which closed its doors in 1989. A quarter of a century later, the Aztec Theatre reopened as a live music venue, as it remains today.