Details for Rio Theater

Historical Marker — Atlas Number 5215004272


Marker Number 4272
Atlas Number 5215004272
Marker Title Rio Theater
Index Entry Rio Theater
Address 516 Doherty
City Mission
County Hidalgo
UTM Zone 14
UTM Easting 567415
UTM Northing 2899256
Subject Codes buildings; opera houses and theatre
Marker Year 1982
Designations Recorded Texas Historic Landmark
Marker Location 516 Doherty, Mission
Marker Size 16" x 12"
Marker Text First known as Teatro La Paz (Peace Theatre), this cultural arts center was built about 1912 by Juan Bautista Barbera, a native of Spain who came to the United States in 1905. A bricklayer by profession, Barbera brought films, lecturers, actors, and musicians to his theatre. Enrique Flores bought the property and business in 1945 and changed its name to the Rio Theatre. The vernacular commercial structure continues to be a center for cultural events in Mission. Recorded Texas Historic Landmark - 1982.

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