April 10 in San Antonio history…

The War Department announced that nine chapels will be built on military bases here: six for Fort Sam Houston and one each for Kelly Field, Brooks Field and Normoyle Quartermaster Depot.  They will have the appearance of the typical American small town church—a slant-roofed frame building with steeple in front. Each one will cost $21,220 and will have seats for 400 soldiers. An electric organ will be installed in every chapel. A movie theater will also be built at Fort Sam Houston.  The theater, of wood construction, will have 1,038 seats and is being built as part of the program to assure adequate facilities for the entertainment of troops.  When completed, it will begin showing regular feature films.

Photo courtesy of the UTSA Special Collections

Rev. Bob Harrington, “The Chaplain of Bourbon Street,” preaches a sermon at halftime of a critical playoff game between the Spurs and the Indiana Pacers (below).  “You’re going for your Pearl [beer] and I am talking about the pearly gates,” said Harrington.  The Spurs won, 102 -86.  “Bring Harrington to Indiana,” said one Spur as he left the court.  Harrington resumed preaching after the game and about 3,000 of the 12,304 spectators stayed to listen.

The San Antonio Express reports that a demolition permit is being sought to raze the art deco-style Laurel Theater at 2310 San Pedro Avenue in the Monte Vista Historical District. City staff said the owner, Barshop Enterprises, wants to clear the land and has no other site plans. The request will go to the Historic Review Board.



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