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Published on Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Alameda Theater Open House: November 3; Alameda Theater Conservancy selects construction management firm

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SAN ANTONIO (Oct. 30, 2018) — Alameda Theater Open House: November 3: The Alameda Theater Conservancy (ATC) invites the community to join a Revival in the Making: An Open House on Saturday, November 3, 2018 from 1-3 p.m. at the Henry Ford Academy: Alameda School for Art + Design, 318 W. Houston St. Advancing a revival whose future hinges on the public’s involvement, the design asks attendees the question, “what will happen here?”


Co-hosted with the Alameda School and the American Institute of Architects (AIA) San Antonio Chapter of Latinos in Architecture, the afternoon will feature design exhibits, an opportunity to interact with the theater design team, as well as creative proposals by Alameda School students. The free event will feature special theater tours, a design workshop, free empanadas and coffee, and Día de los Muertos art and a community altar from the students of the Henry Ford Academy. Free parking is available in the Rosa Verde Tower Lot, across the street from the Alameda Theater. For more information, click here.


Alameda Theater Conservancy selects construction management firm:


The ATC has selected Guido Construction for construction management services for the Alameda Theater renovation project. Guido Construction is based in San Antonio, and is a family-owned and minority-owned business that got its start in restoration projects.


A Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for construction management services for the Alameda Theater renovation project was issued by the ATC in July 2018. The ATC board made the selection based on the criteria in the RFQ.


The Alameda was completed in 1949 as a Mexican-American entertainment venue. The theater featured performances by major artists from throughout the United States, Spain, Mexico and other Latin American countries. At the time, it was the largest movie palace dedicated to Spanish language films and performing arts. In 1994, the City of San Antonio acquired the property, and in 2017, it entered into a long-term lease with the ATC.


The City of San Antonio, in partnership with Bexar County, Texas Public Radio (TPR) and La Familia Cortez created a conceptual plan to restore and reopen the historic theater as a multi-media live performing arts and film center featuring the American Latino-Multicultural story. TPR will relocate its headquarters to the newly constructed stage house behind the theater and construct a new black box theater within the TPR facility. The renovation and restoration of the entire complex is expected to take approximately two years.


The project is funded by the City, County, and TPR.  The City and County will provide $9 million each for the capital project through the Houston Street Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone and TPR will provide $5 million.  ATC is committed to covering additional construction costs through fundraising efforts.


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