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  1. The astrodome is starting to become old and non used i think it should be just destroyed
  2. All that you need to know about Hollywood’s actors and actresses was on display for the world to see on Sunday night. They just read the cue cards, even when they suspected the information they were reading was wrong. Warren Beatty had an envelope that said “Best Actress,” and inside that envelope was a cue card that gave an actress’s name and the title of her picture. But Beatty was told by his handlers that he was announcing the best picture category, so he handed the cue card off to Faye Dunaway, who also did what she was told to do: She just read the card. Hollywood will blame the accounting firm that provided Beatty with the card, but what we saw last night is that these folks can’t think for themselves, and they are more than happy to spout whatever is on the cue card whether it’s a political message or the name of an Oscar winner. Beatty and Dunaway are Hollywood royalty, and even they can’t think for themselves. If something seems to be untrue, even they just read the cue card. Most Americans didn’t watch the Oscars because they were warned that it would be nothing but political opinion. If people want political opinion they were already watching cable news. Hollywood has forgotten the reason we used to love them. They provided an escape from reality. They are paid to entertain, not constantly pound us with their opinions. Even the mother of all escapism, the Super Bowl halftime show, is now a vehicle for political commentary. Normal people don’t want to be preached at, so fewer people are watching the Oscars. In the key 18- to 49-year-old advertising demographic, last night’s show was down 14 percent from last year. And 2016 viewership was down from prior years. But there is hope. The Oscars now appeal to the same people who watch auto racing hoping for a car wreck. These people may tune in next year hoping for another disaster. I don’t like disasters. If it were up to me Houston would seize people’s dislike for California’s Hollywood and take the lead in helping develop something new and better. Texas loves to compete with California, and now it’s time to do it again. Harris County should open its doors to investors who would create a new home for motion picture production. The Astrodome should be transformed into the world’s largest indoor filming studio, and nearby property on the other side of the 610 Loop could be utilized for smaller studios, offices and support facilities. Imagine a new entertainment empire forming in Houston that hires actors and actresses who simply want to entertain and allow us to escape from the world’s problems. Imagine all the talent that’s ready to work but they’ve been sidelined because their religion or political point of view didn’t play well in Hollywood. Let’s bring the adults back into the entertainment industry in management and on the screen. So, if you see Harris County Judge Ed Emmett, remind him that the county would not have to do major renovations on the Astrodome, it would just have to clean up the place. Let the next movie-making empire do the rest. The 8th Wonder of the World was built to entertain — in the future it could entertain in a new way, as a motion picture studio that would make the movies great again! The post EDITORIAL: The Oscars and The Astrodome appeared first on Covering Katy News. View the full article
  3. I remember staying here with my family as a kid when we would come to Houston to go to Astroworld and the Dome. It was located at 2100 South Braeswood at Greebriar, and I don't recall seeing it in quite a while. Anyone know what happened to it?
  4. I was just looking at the street course layout for the Indycar race there this Oct. it got me thinking where all the course was going so I google mapped it. Now to my question in the google satelite view I see what looks like a round domed stadium right next to Reliant Stadium, is that the Astro Dome or have they tore down the Astro Dome?
  5. One of the regulars on another local website message board managed to get inside the Astrodome recently and took some photos. It's really depressing to see what is happening at the Eighth Wonder of the World. http://swamplot.com/what-i-saw-when-i-snuck-into-the-astrodome/2012-03-23/
  6. I just finished reading "Evel" a biography by Leigh Montville and I highly recommend giving it a go. Does anyone have any memories of Evel's jump in the Dome? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BRvIIus3rcs
  7. http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/metrop...an/6460319.html
  8. Here is a link from 002 Magazine: http://www.002mag.com/mag/current/pages/hi_res%20(11).htm I like that I idea! I would like to see more movies and TV productions taped in the Houston area. Maybe they could tape some TV shows there with a live studio audience. That could bring tourist to the city.
  9. Many a Houstonian has memories of the Astrodome. For some of us, it was a love with our sports franchises. For others, it represented an era in which Houston exploded onto the national map, destiend to grow into the megatropolis that Houston is today. The purpose of this thread is for people to share their memories of the Astrodome. I was looking at old photos of it recently, and saw a photo of the hot dog stand with the yellow and orange painted lines around it. I remember the Texas emblems on the aisle seats that listed the rows. I remember people walking around, smoking cigarettes, and the whole dome had this rustic, small town in a huge stadium feel to it. Now here's a real gem for me - I have vague memories of an 80s videogame arcade inside the Astrodome, and as I recall it was near the outfield, like right field or something. Does anybody remember anything about this arcade? Lately I've had a lot of nostalgia about the Astrodome. I suppose that's because its fate is in limbo right now :/ Anyhow, any memories of this arcade or about the Astrodome in general would be appreciated. In case you stumbled into this thread and don't know anything about the Arcade that was located in the outfield, check out this article I found about Cigarette Haze Control in the Astrodome: http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m5PR...ag=artBody;col1 This is a somewhat scatterbrained Astrodome thread, but any nostalgia would be appreciated.
  10. The Astrodome. One of the best examples of what made Houston Houston before the oil crash. What I think should be done is do although I have no way of getting the sizes of the thing, but converting the Astrodome into a giant shopping mall lining the center, which would be converted into a theme park which is based on/pays homage to a certain former theme park across the street that closed in 2005. Some major renovation and expansion work would be done, but in the end, a large tourist-oriented mall will be one of the few malls with both a theme park AND an adjoining indoor stadium. What do you guys think. I think it would be an awesome idea.
  11. A buddy of mine from high school that used to work for ESPN is getting ready to release his documentary on The Astrodome. The trailer looks promising... http://www.thedomemovie.com
  12. There's a rendering of the interior in the print edition.
  13. I saw a commercial about "the world's largest indoor theme park" (or something like that) in the Astrodome. Got a bit excited until they said it would open in June, so I knew it couldn't be anything big or we would have heard about it long ago. Turns out it's a summer thing (June & July). Probably a bunch of rinky-dink, gypsy run carnival rides. However it got me thinking, do you think maybe they're testing the waters for something more grand and permanent?
  14. From Houstonist editor Jim: http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/astrodome/ please note that after you sign, you ARE NOT required to donate money - you can ignore that screen as your signature has already been recorded
  15. Ok, this is some extreme trivia, but think hard, somebody's bound to remember: When the Astrodome first opened, in the years when the Ushers wore gold dresses and little pill-box hats, there were some machines in the lower level lobbies, that made souvenir plastic injection molded models of the Astrodome. These machines were like giant Vac-U-Form toys that would spit out a warm, two-inch tall, by five-inch diamater model of the Dome. All for probably about a Dollar. Comments? Pictures? Anybody?
  16. There are several new housing develeopments in the medical center area. 1000 square foot homes are going for 170K or more. However, there are a glut of cheap condos very close to these developments going for 40k or more. How come developers do not demolish these relatively old complexes and build luxury housing? Do you guys think it is a good idea to buy these cheap condos for the investment purposes? I am just curious.
  17. I'm sure you have heard about the ideas of converting the Astrodome into a outer-space type park. Does anyone know something about that?
  18. Below are a few slides that my Dad took of the construction of the Astrodome:
  19. I haven't heard any new news or heard of any new renderings on the Astrodome Hotel project. What's going on? Has anyone heard anything new since late August?
  20. According to the Houston Chronicle, Astrodome officials say she'll tape a show there tomorrow to air later, but I can no longer find the article. She's been at the dome today as well.
  21. Today's 6:00 o'clock KTRK-TV newscast there was a story about a potential housing crisis in Houston with families waiting on federally-funded HUD homes. According to the report, some 9,000 families are now on a waiting list, and thanks to the current inept politicians in Washington, funding for Houston in the next year is being severly cut. So how about transforming the dome into an innovative housing development for these people?
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