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River Oaks Shopping Center Demolition

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Is this guy b.s. or what? I haven't heard anything about it:

"Dudes and Ladies,

I was very upset when I heard from a business owner in River Oaks Plaza that later this year, early next, they are getting rid of the theater to put in a 30 story high-rise.

word is, they are axing black eyed pea too, for a multi-level parking garage."

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Anyone know anything?

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If I remember correctly, River Oaks Theatre and Black Eyed Pea are on opposite sides of W. Gray. Wouldn't make a lot of sense to put the garage across a busy street from the residences. Given the phenomonal rents garnered by Weingarten for this 75 year old property, I'd be surprised if they would gut it in that manner.

But, stranger things have happened.

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I would protest this with all my heart. The River Oaks theatre is so old and beautiful and truely a piece of history. Not only the theatre, but the entire shopping center! It's the second oldest in the world! (I think). But I won't start crying just yet, it's only a rumor. I doubt a high-rise would go up so easily without River Oaks NIMBY's, and everyone who loves the strip center.

As Redscare said, the Theatre & Black Eyed Peas are on complete opposite sides of West Gray.

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That would be weird for them to put a highrise in that spot, instead of further down westgray. And (as said before) very strange to put the parking garage on the black eyed peas spot...

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Dudes and ladies,

This sounds sooo bogus.

I mean come on - someone is going to plop a 30 story condo in the middle of a strip center? Yeah, right.

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Is this guy b.s. or what? I haven't heard anything about it:

"Dudes and Ladies,

I was very upset when I heard from a business owner in River Oaks Plaza that later this year, early next, they are getting rid of the theater to put in a 30 story high-rise.

word is, they are axing black eyed pea too, for a multi-level parking garage."

You can read the rest here: http://members.boardhost.com/hands_up/msg/1151627265.html

Anyone know anything?

I have just been told that this is true and a Crate and Barrel will go where Jos A. Banks is now. Pretty reliable source. Time to leave . . .

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I have just been told that this is true and a Crate and Barrel will go where Jos A. Banks is now. Pretty reliable source. Time to leave . . .

I can believe the Crate and Barrel rumors but a 30 story condo-and is the garage intended for the "new" condo or is it just there for the Sunglass Hut? :wacko:

B)

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Considering we have one crate and barrel in all of houston, i don't know if i believe there would be a need for another one that is 5 miles from the one in highland village.

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I can believe the Crate and Barrel rumors but a 30 story condo-and is the garage intended for the "new" condo or is it just there for the Sunglass Hut? :wacko:

B)

Are they gonna close the Crate and Barrel on Westhiemer ? This makes no sense. I don't think the area could support 2 C&Bs that close.

Edited by TJones

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I would protest this with all my heart. The River Oaks theatre is so old and beautiful and truely a piece of history. Not only the theatre, but the entire shopping center! It's the second oldest in the world! (I think). But I won't start crying just yet, it's only a rumor. I doubt a high-rise would go up so easily without River Oaks NIMBY's, and everyone who loves the strip center.

As Redscare said, the Theatre & Black Eyed Peas are on complete opposite sides of West Gray.

That would be weird for them to put a highrise in that spot, instead of further down westgray. And (as said before) very strange to put the parking garage on the black eyed peas spot...

This seems odd to me as well. I believe Weingarten owns the entire River Oaks Shopping Area. This includes the Black Eye Pea, The Theatre and extends all the way to the Kroger center. They are not in the condo development game at all. I had heard rumors of the enitre center where the Black Eye Pea being demolished and a new center going up in its place, but I would be amazed if this Condo plan is for real. I guess Weingarten could sell the area to a condo developer, but this seems remote at best.

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I was told that the land where the theater sits is owned by Sears and Weingarten only manages it.

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the river oaks center is perfect as it is. i will be completely pissed if they lose the theater. no more kissey kissey at marfrelas. a houston landmark will be erased. damn, you real estate people! ;)

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While I don't think it's true, I wouldn't put it in the fantasy section yet, but it could be possible if they find a bigger footprint. The theater doesn't have a big enough of a "footprint" to put one there. If anything, I would have to agree it would be further down on Gray.

It would be interesting if it was done, though. You'd have a built-in nightlife for people liveing in the hirise.

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Everything west of Epicure will go. Mafreless is east.

Marfreless shares at least one wall with the theatre if I recall correctly (been at least a year since I've been there). Doesnt that put it in harms way?

(It could only have been cooler if it had no name)

Edited by Lowbrow

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I wouldn't get my undies in a bundle over the word of a couple of people with very low post counts. Also, anyone who starts an announcement with "Dudes and ladies" is circumspect in my book.

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Everything west of Epicure will go. Mafreless is east.

It is spelled "Marfreless"-not "Mafreless" and it occupies space in the same building the theatre is in.

Now what's going where again?

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this is true. the credit card bill reads "marfreless". ;)

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I just call it "Marf's" hasn't been the same since they "brightened" it up a bit.

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I have heard that Black Eyed Pea and that entire strip on the North side is going to be a Barnes and Noble bookstore.

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I have heard that Black Eyed Pea and that entire strip on the North side is going to be a Barnes and Noble bookstore.

I have heard the exact same... and have total faith in my source. The question of the high-rise condo project on the theater site brought on a hearty chuckle from that same source.... :lol:

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Isn't the BookStop on Alabama/Sheperd technically a Barnes & Noble as well? Wouldn't a new Barnes & Noble cut into the business at Bookstop? What would happen with the existing retailers at that location where the B&N is going to go? Last time I was in town I noticed quite a few vacancies in the River Oaks Shopping Center. Maybe some of those retailers can relocate further up the street. The former Birraporetti's space under Sherlock's has been vacant for such a long time, anything new coming into the area?

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Is the theatre still open and used as a theatre ?

Edited by Highway6

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the bookstop on shepherd is owned by barnes and noble.

river oaks is very much still in business as a theater

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Yes it is still open, I go to see movies there all the time including recently:

Capote

Brokeback Mountain

Keeping up with the Steins

An Inconvenient Truth

I love this theatre, especially the bar upstairs. If the teardown rumor is true, I will personally chain myself to the front door in the front of the bulldozer.

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i believe the idea being tossed around isn't a teardown, but a reuse.

So i guess you might lose your theatre, without losing the theatre.

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