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city. Childcare, heated and non-heated classes, showers, an outdoor space and locally sourced retail will be available at the new location. 830-643-9216.
13 On May 15, the Veterans of For- eign Wars Post 7110 celebrated its 75th anniversary. The organization, located at 600 Peace Ave., New Braunfels, provides support for veterans and their families, hosts community events, raises money for local charities and more. 830-625-9961. www.vfwpost7110.com NEWOWNERSHIP 14 San Antonio-based movie theater chain Santikos Entertainment has taken over the former Alamo Drafthouse, located at 651 I-35 Business Loop, Ste. 1010, New Braunfels. The company plans to open later this summer. In 1911, Louis Santikos purchased his first theater in San Antonio, and the company has expanded to nine locations in Central Texas. The Alamo Drafthouse closed in March 2020 due to coronavirus pandemic restrictions before closing permanently in March 2021 and being purchased by Santikos. 210-496-1300. www.santikos.com IN THE NEWS 15 Construction is underway on a 215,000-square-foot automotive manufacturing facility located at 440 Kohlenberg Road, New Braunfels. Continental Automotive Systems Inc. will own and operate the facility, which will manufacture products for Advanced Driver Assistance Systems. Operations are anticipated to begin in the second half of 2022. The facility will be a long-term investment of approximately $110 million into the New Braunfels area and is antic- ipated to create 130 new jobs in the city. 248-393-5509. www.continental.com
The Brauntex Performing Arts Theatre provides a stage for live performances downtown.
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FEATURED IMPACT RENOVATIONS For nearly 80 years, the Brauntex Theatre has been a landmark in downtown New Braunfels, where it has played host to movie showings and live performances. Originally built in 1942, the theater was purchased in 1999 by the Brauntex Performing Arts Theatre Association. The theater is located at 290 W. San Antonio St., New Braunfels. In 2015, the nonprofit began a long-term capital improvements project called the Plan Forward Campaign aimed at upgrading and renovating the facility. The campaign consists of six phases, and the first three phases are already complete, said Delia Milam, capital campaign coordinator for the theater. The current phase, phase four, is focused on retrofitting infrastructure and upgrading technology in the theater. “The stage that we’re in right now is probably the most important because what it’s doing is upgrading all of the technology and infrastructure inside of the building,” Milam said. “It is going to allow us to attract higher-quality artists and bring them downtown.” Phase four comprises the installation of an upgraded public address system, an intelligent lighting system, a 20-foot LED video wall and a new audio system.
In total, the nonprofit theater association will need to raise $3 million for this phase alone through local support and funding from area foundations, Milam said. When the coronavirus pandemic caused the theater to close temporarily, Milam said board members for the theater decided to use their own funds to install necessary infrastructure and the new public address system without the need to postpone shows. Once this portion of the campaign is complete, phases five and six will begin and will focus on Americans with Disabilities Act-compliant enhancements, building a semi-outdoor lounge and bar on the second floor, installing a digital marquee and additional refurbishments. The entire project is anticipated to be completed in the winter of 2023. 830-627-0808 www.brauntex.org
10 Local clothing boutique, Blue- bonnet Beautique , opened at its new location at 477 S. Castell Ave., New Braunfels, on June 25. The shop was pre- viously located at 219 E. San Antonio St. and moved after the building was sold. Shoppers can find apparel for men, wom- en and children, as well as accessories, toys and vintage clothing. 830-351-8727. www.bluebonnetbeautique.com EXPANSIONS 11 On June 1, 1HOPE for Kids celebrated the opening of a new foster care office lo- cated at 1115 W. Bridge St., New Braunfels. The faith-based foster and adoption nonprofit organization is based in San Antonio and serves children and families in South Texas through training, licensing and family support. 210-910-6533. www.1hopeforkids.org ANNIVERSARIES 12 The Watering Hole Saloon & Dance- hall hosted an anniversary celebration from June 18-20 to celebrate 35 years in business in New Braunfels. The music venue, which opened at 1390 McQueeney Road in June of 1986, features live per- formances, drinks and food from Zach’s Snack Shack Food Truck. 830-625-0045. www.wateringholesaloon.com
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