El Nacional Theatre
West Commerce Street and North Santa Rosa Avenue in San Antonio.
Photographer: Russell Lee, March 1939 United States Farm Security Administration
Boxoffice, March 3, 1945:
"In this progressive southern city, El Nacional Theatre was designed by architect N. Straus Nayfach and erected in 1940 to fit a unique locale and patronage.
"El Nacional is distinctly Latin-American in flavor yet outstandingly modern in conception, a combination of qualities designed to appeal to and win the patronage of San Antonio's large Latin-American population.
"It is a large house, seating approximately 2,000, showing Mexican and other Spanish language pictures as well as American product."
The above photograph, taken in 1939 would dispute Boxoffice's opening date of 1940.