in the original blue prints as the "Degree Room", for decades
the El Paso Scottish Rite Theater was the unknown gem of El Paso
theaters. Designed specifically for the conferral of the Ancient
and Accepted Scottish Rite degrees, the theater has always
managed to attract a wider audience.
One story has it that in
the 1930's, a man tuning his car radio received a weak broadcast
from an amateur orchestra and was impressed enough to stop and
listen. From the announcers dedication, he heard the group was
performing in at the Scottish Rite Temple's theater, so he
turned his car around, headed there, and recruited those
musicians to play under his direction. Thus was founded the El
Paso Symphony Orchestra.
Predating the renowned El Paso Plaza Theater by seven years,
The El Paso Scottish Rite Theater is among the oldest active
theaters in the region and hosts a wide variety of events from
the performing arts to weddings and conferences.