San Antonio Theatres:
Now & Then
Past & Present
Larry Ratliff, Movie Critic for the San Antonio Express-News got in touch with me on April 30, 2008 and is going to feature our page on the Larry Ratliff Blog Page of Here is a link to his blog.

From time to time, Mr. Ratliff will be contributing to our site. Thank you Larry, and nice to have you on board.

Hi Gary,
Sorry it's taken so long to get this info to you.  Our tech guys are working to add your site's link to my blog page.  Hopefully, it'll happen today.
Here are some memories,
I wasn't born in San Antonio, but I got here as soon as I could.  That would be 1983, long after the golden years of the downtown theaters. 
I actually saw a movie in San Antonio before I relocated to the Alamo City.  On a fluke, I exited I-35 when I was passing through in 1979 and paid my first visit to the Galaxy Theater.  I've always been a big Steve Martin fan, so my first movie viewed in San Antonio turned out to be Martin's wacky comedy "The Jerk."
My fondest early memory, however, took place a little further west on Loop 410.  I'll never forget seeing Robert Duvall as down-and-out country singer Mac Sledge in "Tender Mercies" in 1983 at the North Star Mall Cinema I-III. 
The theater itself was on its last legs, and, in fact, gone the next year.  For me, though, it's usually what's up on the screen that matters most.  That was Duvall's Academy Award-winning performance.  I've interviewed Duvall several times over the years.  Every time I talk to him that memory of sitting in the darkened North Park theater watching dramatic magic unfold on the screen fills my head with glorious memories.
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