San Antonio Theaters and Concert Venues

Arneson River Theater

Tel. 210.207.8610
Next to La Villita (the original San Antonio settlement meaning "Little Town"), the Arneson River Theatre is an enchanting San Antonio theater where tiered grass seating and an open patio stage are separated by a narrow stretch of the San Antonio River. On summer nights, folk dances, opera, flamenco and other musical events grace the moated stage.

AT&T Center

AT&T Center Pkwy., San Antonio, TX; Tel. 210.444.5000
Formerly the SBC Center, this $186 million indoor arena is home to the NBA San Antonio Spurs and AHL Rampage, except when the San Antonio Livestock Show and Rodeo comes to town. Imposing and grand, the AT&T Center has plenty of parking in addition to many concession stands and a Terrace restaurant for hungry sports fans or concert goers. Diehard Spurs fans must pay a visit to the FANShop located on the Plaza Level.

Blue Star Arts Complex

108 Blue Star, San Antonio TX; Tel. 201.227.JUMP
In the King William's district, the eccentris Blue Star Arts complex, right next to the San Antonio river, is a hot bed for San Antonio's artsy set with performance companies, galleries, craft spaces and a brewery. The Jump-Start Theater Company calls Blue Star home.

Convention Center Arena

Alamo and Market Streets, San Antonio TY; Tel. 210.207.8500
The San Antonio concert venue for large scale pop, rock and jazz acts.

Empire Theatre

226 N Marys St., San Antonio TX; Tel. 210.224.9600
This downtown San Antonio theatre was good enough for vaudeville, now it's even better for music and theater events set in an intimate auditorium.

Freeman Coliseum

3201 E. Houston, San Antonio TX; Tel. 210.226.1177
Technically, Texas still is the south and country music still reigns. San Antonio's Freeman Coliseum is the San Antonio venue for country music performances.

Guadalupe Theater

1300 Guadalupe Street, San Antonio TX; Tel. 210.271.3480
Guadalupe Theater is the San Antonio theater to see premiers of original works by emerging Chicano and Mexican-American playwrights.

Harlequin Dinner Theater

Fort Sam Houston; Building 2652 Harney Road, San Antonio TX; Tel. 210.222.9694
Dinner and theatre for San Antonio's civilian and military community.

Instituto Cultural de México

600 Hemisphere Plaza, San Antonio TX; Tel. 210.227.0123
The Instituto Cultural de México hosts the International Theatre Festival every October to celebrate performing arts from around the world. San Antonio's Instituto Cultural de México hosts different events throughout the year to promote Mexican culture and arts. The Instituto has 4 galleries and an auditorium.

Josephine Theater

339 West Josephine, San Antonio TX; Tel. 210.734.4646
A San Antonio play house and company that produces Broadway-esque musicals (for San Antonio rates).

Laurie Auditorium

715 Stadium Drive, San Antonio TX; Tel. 210.224.9600
Located on Trinity University Campus, halfway between downtown San Antonio and the airport, Laurie Auditorium serves the San Antonio community as well as Trinity College students. In recent years, Laurie Auditorium has entertained the likes of Bill Cosby, Jay Leno, Anne Murray, Patti Labelle, B.B. King and the urban musical, "Stomp."

Lila Cockrell Theatre

200 E Market St., San Antonio TX; Tel. 210.207.8500
Named after a former San Antonio Mayor, the Lila Cockrell Theatre is located on the east bank of the famous Riverwalk at the Convention Center Complex. Although it is designed for performing arts such as ballet, symphony, and drama, it is also ideal for large general assemblies with multi-media presentations. Seating is divided among three levels with a total of 2,521 seats. Wider than average space between rows and plush theatre seating create a more comfortable auditorium. A large 65 foot by 55 foot stage proportion, and easy accessibility provides flexibility in staging and audio visual presentations.

Majestic Theatre of San Antonio

226 E Houston St., San Antonio TX; Tel. 210.226.3333
A downtown San Antonio theatre with an utilitarian entrance that doesn't adequately hint at the grandeur inside with its faux sky set at the perpetual dusk with twinkling stars just visible overhead.

San Antonio Little Theater

San Pedro Playhouse; San Pedro Avenue, San Antonio TX; Tel. 210.735.8324
San Antonio's San Pedro Playhouse is the country's oldest city-built playhouse (finished in 1929), and is located on San Antonio's San Pedro Park, the first city park in the country. A non-profit organization, the San Pedro Playhouse produces professional-quality community theater productions.

San Antonio Symphony

212 E. Houston Street, San Antonio TX; Tel. 210.554.1010
Aside from symphony music, the San Antonio Symphony also hosts chamber music and opera.

Verizon Wireless Amphitheater

16765 Lookout Rd., Selma, TX; Tel. 210.657.8300
It doesn't matter what genre - musical headliners love the two outdoor stages just outside San Antonio in Selma, near Retama Park racetrack. With a state of the art sound system and gently rolling green views, the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater easily attracts big names to audiences of 20,000. Hamburgers and hot dogs available. Parking included in ticket price.
--San Antonio theater reviews by Sonja Pecavar.