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Iconic Leon Springs Dancehall Closing, Relocating

Operator Richard Ojeda says the decision to close had to do with a decline in business and loss of parking.

LEON SPRINGS -- After nearly 30 years of music and memories, an iconic San Antonio area dance hall is closing its doors.

The Leon Springs Dancehall will close at the end of April and will most likely be relocated somewhere else, although at this time it’s still unknown exactly where.

Over the decades, the dance hall has been a little bit county and a little bit rock ‘n roll, but it’s always been a good time.

“So many memories here… So many people have learned how to dance here and had their weddings here… So a lot of memories are leaving with this place,” said operator Richard Ojeda.

Ojeda remembers how at one time there wasn't much development surrounding the dance hall, but over the years that changed.

The building became landlocked and began to lose business.

“It wasn't viable to keep it as a dance hall when you try to get 400--600 people here and the parking lot is good for about 80,” said Ojeda.

Ojeda says the decision is pure economics and that the land owner has some new ideas for the property.

“I just hate to see it go. It's a sad thing,” said musician and singer Lanette Pennell. “It just seems like maybe the city has swallowed it up.”

Pennell has been playing at the dance hall for over 20 years, most recently with the Almost Patsy Cline Band.

“I wish that dance floor could talk,” said Pennell. “It would have a lot to say.”

The operator is planning one last hurrah for the dance hall on April 30 starting at noon and going until after midnight.

There will be food and of course lots of live music and dancing.

It will also be a fundraiser for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

Admission is $25 per person.

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