Hidden Treasures: Backstage Murals at The Majestic

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Page GrahamWhile backstage during the recent dress rehearsal of Ballet San Antonio‘s production of The Nutcracker, I ventured downstairs into the dressing room area of the Majestic Theatre. What I saw immediately grabbed my attention – the walls are covered with murals painted and drawn by traveling artists.

Bands, solo musicians, theatre productions and dance companies are all represented. Autographs can be found everywhere, on the murals themselves and tucked between them. Gordon Lightfoot, Sting, Robert Goulet, Jon Anderson, Carol Channing … from the stars themselves to the hardworking crew members, the list goes on and on.

The area below the Majestic Theatre's stage is fairly large, thanks to a back-of-house expansion in 1995. Photo by Page Graham.

The area below the Majestic Theatre’s stage is fairly large, thanks to a back-of-house expansion in 1995. Photo by Page Graham.

The Majestic was originally built in 1929 as a movie house, which was shuttered “forever” in 1974. However, it reopened a couple of years later as a performing arts venue. But it was old and tired by then.

The faded lady needed to get her sparkle back. In the late 1980s a $4.5 million restoration was undertaken by Las Casas Foundation. The Majestic officially reopened in 1989 as the home of the San Antonio Symphony and host to touring performance art shows.

Tucked into a back stairwell, this mural was created by the cast and crew of Phantom of the Opera. Photo by Page Graham.

Tucked into a back stairwell, this mural was created by the cast and crew of Phantom of the Opera. Photo by Page Graham.

The murals themselves seem to have started appearing around 1990, and although the area below the stage is fairly large, space is starting to run out.

But these murals are being done by creative types – they will not be deterred. Newer murals can be found in stairwells and other nooks and crannies throughout this underground labyrinth.

Do you recognize this autograph? Photo by Page Graham.

Do you recognize this autograph? Photo by Page Graham.

It is a veritable feast for the eyes — all hidden from public view. Here’s a photo gallery for you to enjoy:

 

Page Graham has been a resident of San Antonio – on and off – for over 30 years now. He has moved into the corporate world, making a living developing training materials and Powerpoint presentations and all that stuff we need to do in order to make a living. But now he’s back – aqui en el corazón de San Antonio – enjoying life to its fullest.  The Rivard Report is one place you can follow his trail, as is www.artblogsa.com.

 

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2 thoughts on “Hidden Treasures: Backstage Murals at The Majestic

  1. Bob I want to get a mural done for the San Antonio Symphony and have all the Musicians sign it before we leave the majestic, to our new home at the Tobin Center. Want to get it done before all the spaces run out since it has been our home for the last 25 years. Any ideas on who to contact that could draw one for us?

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