Image above is a photo from one page of the original Aztec Theater blueprints from 1925. This is one of the fire exit surrounds in the balcony. The original drawings were not always built as drawn.

In the mid 1970s, the theatre was divided to accomodate three screens. The balcony was walled off at its nose, and then in half. Two screens there, and the original screen made three.

At this time, the fire exit surrounds were destroyed, except for about one quarter of the surround at the south wall (house right).

I have rebuilt the two surrounds (in my studio), and I am currently (August 2005) installing my work.

Below is the drawing I am working from.
Below, the install, as of Nov 26, 2005.

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fire curtain


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ticket lobby

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click on the images below to enlarge from August 2005....

original exit surround

part of organ screen
and surround



detail in studio



copyright 2005.
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