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Plans To Revive Alameda Theater Move Forward With Council Approval

The San Antonio City Council has formally authorized an agreement among the City of San Antonio, Bexar County, the Alameda Theater Conservancy, and Texas Public Radio to renovate the historic Alameda Theater in downtown San Antonio.

The partners created the Alameda Theater Conservancy in May 2017 to operate and program the Alameda Theater. The initial board includes representatives from the City, County, TPR, and La Familia Cortez.

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. 

Of the radio station's role in the project, TPR President and CEO Joyce Slocum said, “We want to continue to enhance community engagement and increase local programing that celebrates the history and culture of our city and region.”

In a news release provided by the City of San Antonio, District 1 councilman Roberto Treviño said, “I cannot stress enough how critical it is to preserve culturally significant spaces like the Alameda as they help tell the rich story of our city and serve as reminders and inspiration to future generations.”

“This joint investment would not be possible without the partnership between the La Familia Cortez, the City, the County, and Texas Public Radio.”

Texas Public Radio's new headquarters will occupy the stage house behind the historic Alameda Theater. Plans for the facility include broadcasting and performance studios, and a black box theater designed to host community events such as forums, town hall meetings, concerts, and live broadcasts.

An outdoor amphitheater will be located adjacent to the updated Alameda Theater.