Texas Public Radio announced last week that it has received a $2 million gift from Carlos Alvarez, chairman and CEO of The Gambrinus Company, a craft beer brewer and distributor that was founded in San Antonio.
The funds contribute to TPR’s $10 million capital campaign that funds its move into the stage house of the historic Alameda Theater complex, 318 W. Houston St., as well as expansion of its operations. The endeavor includes the addition of the Carlos and Malú Alvarez Theater, a black box theater, which will be used for town hall meetings and political forums, and cultural performances. For TPR, the move also means an expanded staff, outreach, and more equipment for its production studios.
It’s the largest gift in TPR’s 30-year history.
“It was Tom Frost who brought me to the table, and as he had done before with many causes, inspired me to contribute to help TPR keep our community informed,” Alvarez said in a press release.
Before his death in Aug. 10, retired San Antonio banker Frost had served as honorary chair of TPR’s $10 million fundraising campaign.
Last week, the Historic and Design Review Commission approved initial plans for the Alameda Theater and TPR project.
The theater, which opened in 1949, has been closed since the late 1980s. It’s scheduled to re-open Jan. 1, 2020.
Alameda Theater, TPR complex plans get first review