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  1. I was browsing the newspaper The Southwest Citizen dated August 15, 1947 and discovered, yet again, another South Main Drive-In Theater! This one is brought to you by Weber's Root Beer Stand. Combined Movie, Drive In To Be established: A new idea in entertainment, drive-in drink service with free motion pictures, is soon to be inaugurated in Southwest Houston. Establishing the new enterprise in the 10,100 block of South Main will be a Weber's Root Beer Stands, which were popular in Houston a decade ago and now are making a return with the new stand, the only one of its kind in Texas and perhaps the nation. One five acres of ground about midway between Playland Park and South Main Drive-In Theater, adjoining Prince's yacht, the drive-in setup will accommodate 250 cars. The opening date probably will be between Sept. 1, and Set. 15, Ray Jelinek, who will be manager of the stand said. "This will be the largest drive-in drink stand in Texas." Mr. Jelinek said "It will be a paradise for teen-agers free movies, and a mug of root beer for a nickel." "And those teen-agers who don't remember Weber's root beer should ask their mothers and dads if they recall how good Weber's root beer was when they were younger and it was sold in Houston." At that time Weber's was located at the end of Main Street, which was Main and Bellaire Boulevard, and now Weber's will establish a new "end of Main Street" stand. Another feature in a newspaper dated 1940s. May 26, 1948. Looking at the addresses of the boat restaurants, the only one that would make sense is Angelo's Fisherman's Wharf since it's located at 10200 South Main. If the Weber's Superior Drive-In Theater is located at 10,100 South Main then it's a match! I also read "adjoining Prince's yacht.” Do they mean one of the seafood restaurants made out of a boat? There were four that I know of: Angelo's Fisherman's Wharf At 10200 South Main St. Captain Benny's Oyster Bar At 7409 South Main St. George Dentler's Pier 21 Restaurant At 7001 Fannin St. The Yacht Restaurant At 10200 South Main St. Awesome find. A very obscure drive-in theater!
  2. I was browsing the newspaper The Bellaire & Southwestern Texan dated June 16, 1965 and came across an ad for Mobas Carpets located at 8300 South Main St. The carpet store was ran by two brothers. Bill and Bob Sabom. Service since 1910. Does anyone remember this place? Was it in a shopping center or stand a lone building? Better yet, did anyone ever buy their carpet from here? I'd love to see pictures!
  3. I was browsing the newspaper The Southwest Citizen dated November 24, 1949 and came across this business ad for Mickie's Bakery with several locations in the Houston area. Anyone recall this bakery? They had locations at: 905 Richmond 2616 Blodgett 6606 South Main 5100 Almeda 421 Fannin 5314 Scott 3306 Dixie Drive
  4. I was browsing the newspaper Texas Jewish Herald dated October 25, 1934 and came across a business ad for South Main Roller Rink located at Bellaire (now Holcombe) and Main. Phone number: had, 0251. Is this a new skating rink that we never knew about? There are other South Main skating rinks: Gateway Roller Rink At 8370 South Main St. Gateway Swim And Skate At 8510 South Main St. Rolls-Away Roller Rink On South Main St.
  5. I was looking at old The Bellaire Texan magazines and in an issue dated September 23, 1964 there was a business listing for a place called The Yum Yum Tree located at So. Main & Holcombe. Anyone recall this place? Houston's most unusual imports - gifts - gourmet foods.
  6. I remember going to the bottom of the Crystal Pool and entering the air dome made by a B17 plastic canopy. The canopy was chained to the bottom of the pool and air was pumped in from the bottom. The canopy trapped the air and floated about 3 feet off the bottom. I know Liability Lawyers would be break dancing to get a shot at that now! Anyway, my question is "What is the name of the skating rink that was right next door on S. Main? ".
  7. I was browsing the newspaper The Thresher dated January 23, 1975 and noticed an advertisement for The Upstairs Pub located at 8330 South Main St. Anyone remember this 1970s bar near the Texas Medical Center? Pictures or stories? "Publican James D. Hicks"
  8. I was browsing the newspaper The Texan dated January 22, 1986 and came across a business ad for Lucky Chan's Restaurant located at 6628 South Main St. Grand opening. Cantonese - Hunan Cuisine. Did anyone ever eat here? 30 years later, was it as good as the infamous Chinese restaurants a long South Main in the 50s and 60s?
  9. I was browsing the newspaper The Citizen dated May 26, 1948 and came across a business ad for Ballerina Bar located at 8150 South Main St. "The New Look In Houston's Cocktail Bars" featuring Bill Await at the Piano and Solovox. Sizzling Steaks. Anyone recall this place? I never heard of it. Very cool find in the history of South Main!
  10. I was browsing The Citizen dated November 14, 1947 and came across a business listing for Underwood and Ezell Drive In Theatres - The Main Drive In located at 9900 South Main St. and Winkler Drive In located at 205 Wrinkler Dr. A little confused. I thought the South Main Drive-In Theater was located at 11510 South Main St. You also had the McClendon Triple Drive-In Theater located At 11991 South Main St. Was this an earlier location of the South Main Drive-In Theater? Pretty cool find!
  11. I was browsing Southwestern Times magazine dated January 13, 1949 and came across this business listing for Courteous Cab Co. located at Bellaire (now Holcombe) and South Main. Looks like the owner, or driver was Justin Phone Number - 8-5155. Very cool! Anyone, on the slight, know about this place? I wonder the chance of our HAIF members using, or hearing, about this cab company. That corner of Main & Holcombe is very, very famous. I'm glad TAMU made a statement there. Only if we could develop the opposite corner with the Burger King and Pizza Hut.
  12. I was browsing Southwestern Times dated May 17, 1945 and noticed a business ad for Wingate's Mexican Restaurant located at 6641 South Main St. Anyone ever eat here? Any pictures, or postcards of the restaurant? What shopping center was it in? Was there a particular shopping center developer in the 1940s.
  13. I was browsing Southwest Citizen dated May 11, 1950 and came across a business listing for Windmill Cleaners located at 6632 South Main St. Love the mid-century look of this building! What strip center was this located in? Looks like a standalone building? Windmill Cleaners had three locations at the time: 6632 South Main St 2507 River Oaks Blvd. 2506 University Blvd. 6632 South Main: 2507 River Oaks: 2506 University:
  14. I was just reading Rice University's The Thresher magazine dated January 11, 1945 and came across this business advertisement. Arthur Long (Formerly manager of the Plantation) Invites you to be his guest at the Halong Club - 8100 South Main Street (Opposite Prince's) New Oak Dance Floor - The finest music - now featuring Jack Rodman & His Orchestra 8100 South Main has a history of being a dance/music club. It was right where South Main splits with Old Spanish Trl, the Y configuration. - Halong Club - Hitching Post Club - Texas Corral (Palladium Club) Also, Arthur Long was a former manager of Plantation Club. Where exactly is that club? I thought I read it was located in an outside tent? HAIF has the addresses of 9101 South Main and another at 10200 South Main. I thought it was closer to the 7000 block of South Main?
  15. I was browsing The Rice Thresher magazine dated September 14, 1964 and noticed this business listing for Starlite Ballroom located at 9810 South Main St. How awesome! I'd love to hear more about this place. Was this event/club called something previously? C.L. And The Pictures Also Bobby Blackmon And The Blue Orbits. October 1, 1964
  16. I was browsing the Southwestern Times magazine dated August 21, 1947 and noticed this business listing for Bert Wheeler's Liquors At 8380 South Main St. Bert Wheeler's Bargain Beverage House 8380 South Main at Intersection With O.S.T. - 2 Blocks Past Prince's Drive-In. I heard Bert Wheeler owned a lot of land near the Astrodome/South Main/Meyerland area. He used to have a club at his mansion, I think.
  17. I was browsing The Rice Thresher magazine dated March 4, 1948 and noticed this business listing for Melody Lane Club located at South Main Street & Old Spanish Trail. Another article includes an address of 1000 Old Spanish Trail. Anyone remember this place? Was this the place where the owner created a pool inside where the drunks would dive for their keys? Music the Danceable Way John Sullivan his Trumpet and Orchestra featuring Kathy Owens Jack Meyring
  18. I was browsing the The Rice Thresher magazine dated November 14, 1974 and saw this business listing for DeVito's Po Boys located at 6800 Main at Holcombe. Anyone ever eat here?
  19. I remember a "Lee's Den" on South Main.... some of the best Chinese Food ever in Houston.... ate there many times as a child with my parents. I haven't read this whole thread... but... will always remember the Shakey's Pizza on Bellaire Blvd. (now Enterprise Car Rental, and next to Baskin Robbins and Dunkin Donuts which are STILL there!)...... and...... Alfie's Fish & Chips... there were many Alfie's all over town, but we spent many a childhood asking for extra "chips" at the one in the strip center behind the Dunkin Donuts on Bellaire Blvd. Come to think of it.. right across the street where there is a big bank (in front of Bellaire Post Office)... was... Kip's Big Boy!
  20. Hermann Hospital - built in 1925, maybe 9 stories, looking at the picture. The other bldg. was named Autry House (built in 1921), built as a socializing house for Rice students, was 3 stories, was on what is now Fannin St. , says was next to the streetcar stop. Thnx again AIA - Architectural Guide, S. Fox. The Rice Administration Bldg. (1912) is now referred to as Lovett Hall. Also mentions a smokestack for the powerplant , dating to 1912. Looks like it is located to the right of the entrance gates, far back.
  21. Center Point Energy's H.O. Clarke Generating Station at 12045 South Main St. Weeks ago I noticed a demolition permit at this address. Looks like a part of the site will be turned into Powerfuels' Houston Clean Energy Park. Center Point Energy will still occupy some of the parcel?
  22. I was browsing The Southwest Citizen dated June 15, 1950 and noticed a full page ad for Piggly Wiggly located at 6612 South Main St. Additional stores are as follows: Store number 1 - 6615 So. Main Store number 2 - 75th and Lawndale Store number 3 - 7101 Ave. H Store number 4 - ? Store number 5 - 5620 Telephone Rd. Store number 6 - 3145 Southmore Blvd. I love these prices too. Wild to look at the differences between 1950 and today.
  23. I was browsing Ebay for TMC stuff and noticed an motor inn called RoadRunner Motor Inn located at 8500 South Main St. I searched HAIF and could not find a thread about this so I thought I would post it. Can we date this?
  24. Until today I did not know this existed. What type of restaurant is Galley Smorgasbord exactly? A buffet? I came across this ad in a 1962 Houston Colt .45 baseball program Vs. Cardinals. "George Valian Invites You To Enjoy Houston's Greatest Double Play Combination"
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