The Alameda Theater Conservancy will begin construction on the initial phase of a redevelopment plan that includes renovations to the more than 70-year-old venue and a new headquarters for Texas Public Radio next door.
Once completed, the Alameda will serve as a performing arts and film center featuring American-Latino history and diverse programming.
“The Alameda Theatre has been a bastion of Latino Arts for generations,” City Councilman Roberto Treviño said. “The ‘¡Volver a la Alameda!’ movie festival District 1 organized in 2017 illustrated that people of all ages want to see this iconic, historical and cultural space returned this to its former glory.”
The nonprofit conservancy was created in May 2017 by the city of San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas Public Radio and La Familia Cortez. Stakeholders sought considerable public input for the project.
Phase one of the project will include environmental remediation, monitoring and oversight during site preparation work. The next phase of construction is set for May.
“It is my hope that restoration of the theater will help recapture some of the culture and rich heritage of our past,” Bexar County Commissioner Justin Rodriguez said.
As a result of the construction work inside the theater, the Henry Ford Academy and Alameda School for Art+Design have temporarily moved to UTSA’s downtown campus.
The theater redevelopment has a fall 2021 completion date.