Located on the campus of San Antonio College at San Pedro Avenue and Courtland, McAllister
Auditorium is a 1,000-seat venue that serves the Alamo Colleges and the San
Antonio community. This proscenium stage theater is divided into a lower
mezzanine and upper balcony.
McAllister Auditorium is used primarily by the Fine Arts Department,
which includes music, speech, drama, dance and visual arts. Opened in 1957,
McAllister Auditorium has served as a center for several district events,
concerts, and lectures for many years. New seats were installed in July 2012.
The auditorium is also available for rentals and hosts many
community organizations for everything from recitals to weekly meetings.
McAllister Auditorium opened in April 1957 was named in
honor of Walter Williams McAllister Sr. (1889-1984). McAllister Auditorium is
also named in honor of his son, Walter Jr., who carried on with much of the
work begun by his father.
Mr. McAllister Sr. attended the German-English School on
South Alamo Street (later the original location of San Antonio
College), and graduated from the University of Texas at Austin. He married
Lenore Elizabeth Alexander in 1913. They had two sons; Walter Jr. and Gerald.
the San Antonio Union Junior College District with James Otis Loftin in 1945.
Walter Sr. was also instrumental in the purchase of the first tract of land on
San Pedro Avenue for San Antonio College.
Walter Sr. founded the San Antonio Savings & Loan
Association, which later became San Antonio Savings. In 1953 President Dwight
Eisenhower appointed Walter Sr. to Chair the Board of the Federal Home Loan
Bank. He also served as mayor of San Antonio from
1961-71. During his tenure as mayor, he oversaw
the completion of Highway 281 North, which is named in his honor.
Walter Jr. attended UT-Austin and
St. Mary’s University in San Antonio. In 1940, he married Edith Scott. They had
Walter Jr. (1918-1988) was the President & CEO of San Antonio
Savings Association from 1953-76, and served as the Chair from 1976-86. He also
sat as Chair for American Founders Life Insurance Co. from 1966-80, and
Vice-Chair of the National Savings & Loan Foundation from 1976-80.
For Fine Arts events at the McAllister Auditorium (MCFAA) click this link:
Debra Coates, firstname.lastname@example.org
McAllister Fine Arts Building, Room 124A