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Rio Theater (Teatro La Paz)

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Teatro La Paz
1915, 1933 additions, Juan Bautista Barbéra. 514–518 Doherty Ave.

The theater served as the cultural anchor for the tightly knit south-side Hispanic community, also known as “Mexiquito,” or Little Mexico. Barbéra, a Spanish-born bricklayer, built the symmetrical two-story theater with segmental-arched windows, pendant cornice, and shallow pilasters. This hybrid version of the Border Brick style may be the result of the designer's seven-year residence in Brownsville. In 1933, Barbéra added one-story rental spaces on each side of the theater in the Spanish Mediterranean style. Renamed the Rio Theater in 1945, the 250-seat facility continues to showcase Hispanic arts, as intended by its original builder.

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Gerald Moorhead et al.
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Gerald Moorhead et al., "Rio Theater (Teatro La Paz)", [Mission, Texas], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—, http://sah-archipedia.org/buildings/TX-01-SM35.

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Cover: Buildings of Texas

Buildings of Texas, Gerald Moorhead and contributors. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2013, 291-291.

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