120 E San Antonio St
San Marcos, TX 78666
Hours: Tue-Sat 8pm-2am
Written by: Tara Smith
The Texas Music Theater is officially the new hotspot in downtown San Marcos; it reopened with a bang in March of 2011. Its original opening was in 1941 as the Plaza Theater, and in its transitions since, has acquired a rich history, atmosphere, and production portfolio. The beautiful wooden interior radiates a classy, yet cozy, atmosphere, and it is truly a musician-friendly venue, built “back to front.” It is no wonder that celebrated blues singer and pianist, Marcia Ball, claimed she was blessed to have played its stage.
Texas Music Theater (TMT) has quite the lineage and more than one story to tell. It has morphed from a music hall, remodeled as a movie theater, and then reverted back into a music hall. Of all the names and offerings of this establishment, however, none is more impressive than what emerged under the vision of Scott Gregson and partners in 2008: San Marcos had no large venues to serve the public and college communities, so it was decided that TMT could provide not only just that, but also a remarkable live music experience and an ideal contribution to the rising music scene.
Under Scott’s direction the seating was ripped out and revamped and an exquisite dance floor was designed. Elevated hawk’s-eye-views from the balconies, hotspots on the expansive dance floor, and all spaces in between provide a view with no obstruction. Camera screens help to support this, so no one misses a beat. The interior is noteworthy for patrons, and the full accommodations are dynamite for the bands; including well-choreographed load-in capabilities, a green room, and washer and dryers. The technical aspects are extensive including an in-house studio, and professional audio/video recording packages that are mastered and edited by an in-house tech specialist. TMT wants everyone who enters its doors, for any purpose, to have the absolute best experience possible.
“Live music transcends generations,” states Scott. There are no boundaries to be found here. There is something to be enjoyed by all, everything from dub electronic to country. The theater is also a multipurpose establishment for its community. It has been home to Broadway plays, pow-wows, private parties, and free community events including “Free Fridays”. Whether you are out to see Blue October, Los Lonely Boys, or dance the night away to ’80s retro, you will always find the atmosphere and fun you are looking for. Just 25 minutes from downtown Austin, it has the appeal of being the only 18 and up venue in the area, and offers plenty of free parking, great drink prices, and less traffic to battle.