WINNER: Woodlawn Theatre
1920 Fredericksburg Road • (210) 267-8388
> Designed by John Eberson (the architect behind the Majestic Theatre), the Woodlawn Theatre opened its doors in 1946, thrived as a cinema for decades and notably hosted the premiere of John Wayne's classic 1960 film The Alamo. Following periods of disrepair, closures and unsuccessful revivals, the venue found new life in 2012 with the creation of the nonprofit Woodlawn Theatre Inc. During a pivotal tenure that lasted three-and-a-half years, former artistic director Greg Hinojosa braved new territory by launching Mary Poppins into the sky with the help of ZFX Flying Illusions, stepping into the role of Zaza in the campy gay classic La Cage aux Folles and importing a bevy of RuPaul's Drag Race queens to star in irreverent incarnations of The Rocky Horror Show. Now under the direction of Christopher Rodriguez (who's been the Woodlawn Academy's youth program director for the past four years), the historic theater's latest chapter is taking shape in shows like Memphis (through May 8), The Little Mermaid (June 24-July 24) and Evita (August 12-September 11).
1203 Camden St. • (210) 557-7562
420 S. Alamo St. • (210) 227-2751