Killis Almond Architects

Building 2270 – Main Theatre

Construction of the Fort Sam Houston Post began in 1876 and it has more historic structures than any active military installation in the United States. One in particular is the 75-year old movie theater, the Spanish Colonial Revival style theater built in 1935. The original 14,700 square foot theater is now home to the Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Command’s Army Entertainment Division. The renovation includes an additional 18,000 square foot addition for a 50-foot deep stage, office space, recording studios and storage.

The architectural design embraces the historic nature of the structure while incorporating new design techniques and energy uses to meet today’s needs. The plan for the design is in accordance with the Secretary of the Interior Guidelines for Rehabilitation. With an extensive background in design for historic structures, we integrated the historical elements and the original intent of the building into the new expansion, which allowed it to seamlessly blend with the existing theater. The design concept for the theatre was influenced by the existing conditions of the building, its adaptability to contemporary safety standards and functional requirements, its tenant company needs, and the efficiencies required for back stage support space. Having studied the existing building’s historical elements, new requirements for programming and function, and the impact of the new addition on the overall structure, the architects created a new theatre space that will protect and preserve the historic aspect of the structure while meeting all of the requirements of a new theatre space. The theatre fully complies with all building and life safety codes which include, but are not limited to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), International Building Code (IBC), Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Uniform Federal Accessibility Standards (UFAS), Unified Facilities Criteria (UFC) 4-01-01 and the DOD Anti-Terrorism Standards for Buildings.

This theatre won the 2012 US Air Force Design Merit Award presented by the Department of the Air Force, Air Force, DCS/Logistics, Installations & Mission Support.

Building 2270 – Main Theatre




December 29, 2015


U.S. Corps of Engineers

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