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Tinseltown Westchase, at BW8 and Richmond closed last weekend, and it appears will be demolished soon for development of low rise offices. HBJ article (first item):

Tinseltown deal

Sad to see it go. We'll have to head over to Memorial City or Studio 30 (ugh). The bright side is that there's a Cinema Moviegrill going in at the old Town and Country :)

With the exception of a cluster of high rises around Westheimer/Briar Forest, BW8 on the west side is a pretty uninspiring drive.

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Sad to see it go. We'll have to head over to Memorial City or Studio 30 (ugh). The bright side is that there's a Cinema Moviegrill going in at the old Town and Country :)

Tinseltown was in the gutter to say the least. Trashy and ghetto is what it had become. Studio 30 is on it's way but it is still cleaner and nicer than Tinseltown Westchase was.

I only go to Studio 30 when I have to. I greatly prefer Edwards on Weslayan. I just valet the car, run in, watch my movie and I'm out. The valets love me too. They will wash my car for me, fill up the tank, etc. Benefits of being nice and a good tipper I suppose.

They really impressed a girl on a date I was one once with an ex of mine in from out of town. The car was a little dirty because of the rain and the inside had gotten a little cluttered and muddy. We valeted, went inside and watched the movie. After the movie, we head down to get the car and get to the door and it is running, cooled off and waiting already. Additionally, it was shining from having been freshly washed and it was tidy inside with freshly vaccuumed carpets, cleaned windows and dash, and all the trash had been removed. They didn't even charge me for it.

Really nice guys.

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I was actually over in that neighborhood last week and noticed it closed. That part of town was where I first lived when I moved to Houston 10 years ago and it's amazing how much that area has changed with Royal Oaks coming in, etc etc.

Agree, though, that it was time for it to go. The building itself had become pretty trashy and ghetto and there is no way I would EVER go to a movie there after dark anymore. Lots of suspicious looking folks in the parking lot and inside made it feel pretty low rent and unsafe.

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Our office building was fired at in 2006, and police surmised the shots came from the Tinseltown parking lot. I'm in a corner office, and had shots through all of my windows - couldn't figure out why my computer wouldn't work on Monday morning until I saw the shell casings on my desk and bullet holes through the back of my hard drive. :lol:

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I drive past this place every work day and after 4:00PM it always seemd quite dead.

It makes sense that a business gets tired of the trouble it attracts and the liability (there goes that word) that puts them in jeopardy each and evey day. Hell, I would shut it down too. However, doing so only pushes the troublemakers to another nearby local. Same scenario as apartments.

and everyone's fav hood is nearby too... 1 2 3 all together gang....Gulfton! Yippee!

Nice knowing ya Tinsletown. :(

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...Not sure what happens to these places, but when they go up - they're nice (or some would say)... but after a couple of years... time for the bullet proof vests. The AMC Gulf Pointe 30 @ B-8/45 needs to be closed and 'dozed next. Sad to think that we'll bulldoze places like the River Oaks theater and shutdown Greenway... and then leave crap like this standing, but hopefully not for much longer....

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Hehe at least no one has to worry about that snake that someone spotted anymore....

I think that was the 290 location.

Memorial City's Cinemark is very nice. Its clean and always has security in the parking area. Doesn't seem to have the same ganstalicious feeling of Edwards on Ol' Katy.

I was actually disappointed with the interior apperance. The brightly-lit parking lot as well as highly visible security made up for it though.

I am sad to see it close. I have seen alot of movies there, but I knew it was a matter of time from about 2001 or so. Area is just too crime ridden, very scary coming out of the movies after a 9pm show.

Two words: Bad Management. We stopped going around 2002 when we started noticing the little things like the lack of parking lot security, interior security, dirty carpets, torn & stained seats, and filthy, sticky theater floors.

I think this was also around the time they got popped by one of the local stations for selling rated R movie tickets to minors. As for me, I spend my money at the Draft House or the AMC in First Colony.

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Our office building was fired at in 2006, and police surmised the shots came from the Tinseltown parking lot. I'm in a corner office, and had shots through all of my windows - couldn't figure out why my computer wouldn't work on Monday morning until I saw the shell casings on my desk and bullet holes through the back of my hard drive. :lol:

Shell casings are what is ejected from the gun when it's fired, and can be found at the site of where the bullets are shot, not where the bullets land.

Maybe you meant the slugs? If you did indeed find casings in your office, someone had a hell of a good time at your (or your company's) expense.

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that was rather quick that theater is only about 10 years old, I think. But I guess I shouldn't be too surprised, as that is basically almost part of the energy corridor it was bound to increase in value rather quickly.

Wow ... that is quick! I always thought that was an odd place for a theater and it seems the parking lot was almost always half-empty.

I am interested to see what springs up in its place.

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Maybe you meant the slugs? If you did indeed find casings in your office, someone had a hell of a good time at your (or your company's) expense.

Yep, it would have to be slugs - I'm not a gun person, obviously. I got "casings" from all the junior CSI'ers wandering around and looking out the windows through framed hands to expertly pontificate about what type of gun it was, whether the shooter was moving and how fast, what the motive might have been, etc. Wish I had known the correct terminology - it might have made them vanish as quickly as the appearance of the REAL police. :lol:

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I drive past this place every work day and after 4:00PM it always seemd quite dead.

Actually that's the best time to go to the movies is on a weeknight. I live a few blocks from the Edwards on Weslayan @ 59 and walk over there at least once or twice a week to see something playing. I can't tell you how many times I've been the only one in the theater. It's like my own private home theater! I can't stand crowds...especially today's youth (and I'm only 35!)

Last Friday nite I did a rare thing and went to a 10:30p showing of "Cloverfield." I got there half-hour early and the theater was already packed with young punks...all texting each other on their cell phones...which they continued to do during the film! It was a good reminder why I only go during the week.

There are some who prefer to wait for the DVD but for some movies you need that "theater experience."

Just my two-cents!

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Last Friday nite I did a rare thing and went to a 10:30p showing of "Cloverfield." I got there half-hour early and the theater was already packed with young punks...all texting each other on their cell phones...which they continued to do during the film! It was a good reminder why I only go during the week.

There are some who prefer to wait for the DVD but for some movies you need that "theater experience."

Just my two-cents!

Hear, hear!

I got ya. and we thought it was bad when people were giggling & talking during the films. Much worse now. The new technology of all those gizmos ie cell phones, lazer lights, etc is why I am so glad I seldom go to movie theaters.

Like you said only do I go when its very early, completely avoid the a-hls.

As I stated earlier, there must have been numerous fights, scuffles and crap so "corporate" management had to close it. Would you want to baby sit a bunch of bleep...bleep....bleep day in and day out? Hell no.

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I hadn't been to a movie there since about 2003, back when I still lived in Westchase. Even when I moved to Houston in January 2000 that theater was pretty undesirable. The first movie I saw there was around February 2000 and my friend and I didn't really feel safe given the crowd there and the activity going on in the parking lot. And even back then the theater looked pretty unkempt inside. The last time I went I sat down in the theater and quickly realized that the seat was damp -- and then I realized it wasn't damp from a spilled drink but from urine, as the smell was unmistakable. I vowed I'd never see a movie there again, even though it was just a mile from my home at the time.

I generally prefer the River Oaks, Angelika, and Edwards Greenway. That was the case back when I lived in Westchase and remains true today living inside the Loop.

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I think that was the 290 location.

I was actually disappointed with the interior apperance. The brightly-lit parking lot as well as highly visible security made up for it though.

Two words: Bad Management. We stopped going around 2002 when we started noticing the little things like the lack of parking lot security, interior security, dirty carpets, torn & stained seats, and filthy, sticky theater floors.

I think this was also around the time they got popped by one of the local stations for selling rated R movie tickets to minors. As for me, I spend my money at the Draft House or the AMC in First Colony.

I haven't seen a nice Tinseltown ever. In Dallas, the (nice) neighborhood where I lived drove them away when they planned to redevelop an old shopping center into one of their theaters. I wasn't sure what the big deal was, but they found a different location further, I visited it once, and it was also really bad. They attract gang activity wherever they go.

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I saw the Horrorfest 2007 offering Mulberry Street at Westchase Tinkletown...er, Tinseltown back in October. Now that was a form of Cloverfield with a lesser budget and more intimate form. It was a hell of a movie just like Cloverfield too. Too bad Mulberry Street didn't get the hoopla because that was a superb high octane horror-sci fi flick!

It did start to remind me of the breakdown Westminster went through but I didn't think it would shutter.

I'm sad to see it go because of the convenience of location. I didn't think it was a godawful place for a theater location, in fact, I liked the Beltway 8 vista while standing in line. But there are other theaters to go, even if a bit further out.

Truthfully I was very saddened of the closings of Westchase AMC on Gessner/Westheimer and Westminster Dollar Theater. Lots of great memories. And there's something of the angled strip locations of those particular small theaters that always kinda excited me. It was cool to walk down the sidewalks and look at that toy store, the Kasra Persion resaurant and some of the other shops before entering Westhchase. Kind of like an oblique mini-Main Street thing, Houston style. Those were the days.

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I have only been there twice...not worth going to. The Tinseltown theaters tend to be rather low-brow in nature. I tend towards AMC (First Colony 24 preferably) and Edwards, not to mention the arthouses (River Oaks, Angelika, etc). I also take up renting DVDs as well, and I have never been to one of those movie diners yet, though I have seen good reviews of them.

And speaking of the controversial "damp seat", aren't they subject to inspection by the Health Department? :wacko:

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And it's out of business too.

I think Greenway was doomed by its location. It took me 11 years after I moved to Houston to finally go to the trouble of figuring out where that place was. You could see the sign from the 59 access road but for the life of me I had no idea where the theater was. I finally agreed to meet some people there one night and had to drive around the place half a dozen times and ask a security guard before I found it. The friends I was meeting had even more trouble.

I lived out by "Tinkletown" when I first moved to Houston. It was a nice place for about 3 months. Then the teenage gangsters moved in and I never went back. I'm glad to see it go. Now we need to get rid of most of the apartment complexes behind it too.

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Now we need to get rid of most of the apartment complexes behind it too.

It's an odd area. Just a mile or so away you have +$1M homes in Royal Oaks country club (walled-off of course) and in between, all manner of incomes, ages, ethnicities, and so forth. I really miss living in W. Houston, but after Katrina (and a new job in north Houston) I figured it was time for me to go.

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It's an odd area. Just a mile or so away you have +$1M homes in Royal Oaks country club (walled-off of course) and in between, all manner of incomes, ages, ethnicities, and so forth. I really miss living in W. Houston, but after Katrina (and a new job in north Houston) I figured it was time for me to go.

I think Royal Oaks may be the only thing that has kept the area just West of the Beltway from going down the tubes. However, I can't imagine that if I had $1m to spend on a home that I would move to Royal Oaks.

I drive past "Tinkletown" on the Beltway access road everyday on my way to work. Every morning I would see these girls in skimpy outfits walking down the sidewalk at 6:00am and I'd wonder what they were doing up so early dressed like that. A friend of mine got in a minor accident there one day and the cops told him that the motels are full of prostitutes. I can't beleive I was so naive. It got really bad for a while, you'd actually see pimps wearing hats and flashy clothes with girls following behind them on the sidewalk.

Anyway, I've noticed lately that I'm not seeing near as many prostitues as I used to. Maybe there is hope for the area yet.

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I think Royal Oaks may be the only thing that has kept the area just West of the Beltway from going down the tubes. However, I can't imagine that if I had $1m to spend on a home that I would move to Royal Oaks.

I drive past "Tinkletown" on the Beltway access road everyday on my way to work. Every morning I would see these girls in skimpy outfits walking down the sidewalk at 6:00am and I'd wonder what they were doing up so early dressed like that. A friend of mine got in a minor accident there one day and the cops told him that the motels are full of prostitutes. I can't beleive I was so naive. It got really bad for a while, you'd actually see pimps wearing hats and flashy clothes with girls following behind them on the sidewalk.

Anyway, I've noticed lately that I'm not seeing near as many prostitues as I used to. Maybe there is hope for the area yet.

Personally, I really liked Westchase. It was close enough to town, but far enough away. It also had a lot of shops and stores and gyms (there are like three 24 Hour Fitness locations on Westheimer past the BW8). All in all it was great ... but after Katrina, and the influx of folks from NOLA, things changed.

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I haven't seen a nice Tinseltown ever. In Dallas, the (nice) neighborhood where I lived drove them away when they planned to redevelop an old shopping center into one of their theaters. I wasn't sure what the big deal was, but they found a different location further, I visited it once, and it was also really bad. They attract gang activity wherever they go.

Cinemark owns Tinseltown I believe. Tinselton is like a subsidary.

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I never realized that the Westchase motels had cheaters as well as businessmen!

I know that the southside of Houston (between 610 and 288 on Beltway 8) has a few motels, and due to lack of visibility from the freeway and lack of proximity to business and leisure areas. I bet that the only significant activity at those places consists of men and women cheating on their spouses!

Look for the Palace Inn, Sony Motel, some "610 Motel," and other great places in the southside! Someone should openly market them as love hotels...

I think Royal Oaks may be the only thing that has kept the area just West of the Beltway from going down the tubes. However, I can't imagine that if I had $1m to spend on a home that I would move to Royal Oaks.

I drive past "Tinkletown" on the Beltway access road everyday on my way to work. Every morning I would see these girls in skimpy outfits walking down the sidewalk at 6:00am and I'd wonder what they were doing up so early dressed like that. A friend of mine got in a minor accident there one day and the cops told him that the motels are full of prostitutes. I can't beleive I was so naive. It got really bad for a while, you'd actually see pimps wearing hats and flashy clothes with girls following behind them on the sidewalk.

Anyway, I've noticed lately that I'm not seeing near as many prostitues as I used to. Maybe there is hope for the area yet.

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Does anyone know if there is any way to buy items that are salvaged from this theater? I drive past it everyday and just look closely at the large Tinseltown handwritten neon sign. Seems that someone will want to purchase? There are several along the whole building. Just seems like a waste to see them trashed. Did this theater also have curtains on each screen? What items would you want? :)

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I think Royal Oaks may be the only thing that has kept the area just West of the Beltway from going down the tubes. However, I can't imagine that if I had $1m to spend on a home that I would move to Royal Oaks.

I drive past "Tinkletown" on the Beltway access road everyday on my way to work. Every morning I would see these girls in skimpy outfits walking down the sidewalk at 6:00am and I'd wonder what they were doing up so early dressed like that. A friend of mine got in a minor accident there one day and the cops told him that the motels are full of prostitutes. I can't beleive I was so naive. It got really bad for a while, you'd actually see pimps wearing hats and flashy clothes with girls following behind them on the sidewalk.

Anyway, I've noticed lately that I'm not seeing near as many prostitues as I used to. Maybe there is hope for the area yet.

I used to live in an apartment in Westchase and had a PO Box at the Rogerdale Post Office. I drove down the Belt feeder from Westheimer to Richmond everyday from 2002 to 2005 and NEVER once saw a pimp wearing a hat & flashy clothes following his girls down the streets. Now, the girls did exist. But after complaints from anonymous concerned citizens (raises hand), the HPD bike patrol starting heavily patrolling the area. I talked to an HPD bike officer one day at the post office and he told me that these girls worked in teams and had rooms on retainer from deals cut with the hotels' front desk clerks (because supposedly the clerks are supposed to report to their managers the ones that might be hookers). The officer also said that some of the girls were part of the old bait and hook scam where a John would go up to the room only to get robbed by the girls pimp.

I have yet to see any girls there since the end of 2004, and even now when I'm in the area I don't see them like I used to.

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I used to live in an apartment in Westchase and had a PO Box at the Rogerdale Post Office. I drove down the Belt feeder from Westheimer to Richmond everyday from 2002 to 2005 and NEVER once saw a pimp wearing a hat & flashy clothes following his girls down the streets. Now, the girls did exist. But after complaints from anonymous concerned citizens (raises hand), the HPD bike patrol starting heavily patrolling the area. I talked to an HPD bike officer one day at the post office and he told me that these girls worked in teams and had rooms on retainer from deals cut with the hotels' front desk clerks (because supposedly the clerks are supposed to report to their managers the ones that might be hookers). The officer also said that some of the girls were part of the old bait and hook scam where a John would go up to the room only to get robbed by the girls pimp.

I have yet to see any girls there since the end of 2004, and even now when I'm in the area I don't see them like I used to.

Yep, it looks like they've done something to get rid of them all. By complaining you've become a member of a rare club of people who have actually done something to better a neighborhood. Congratulations.... :)

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I saw them tearing it down the other day when I was in the area. I also saw that the Asian skyscraper development in that area has started. If the developers of that are smart they could make that into like a downtown for chinatown. And Houston could have a real urban china town.

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I saw them tearing it down the other day when I was in the area. I also saw that the Asian skyscraper development in that area has started. If the developers of that are smart they could make that into like a downtown for chinatown. And Houston could have a real urban china town.

Yes, I love this whole section of the beltway, that is; from around Westpark all the way to 1-10. Has a very modern and futuristic look to it. There are numerous very nice projects all around here. :D

I have a feeling most mega-theater-elephants will not survive for long here. There's just something about them that starts out fine then it dwindles to trouble spots.

Buona sera Tinkletown...

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I have a feeling most mega-theater-elephants will not survive for long here. There's just something about them that starts out fine then it dwindles to trouble spots.

Movie theaters are one of the least permanent types of structures. They are filled with sound deadening material that accumulates bacteria at an alarming rate. Combine that with the rates of change for presentation technology and consumer tastes and you get a situation where it makes better economic sense to let them decay, tear them down and rebuild than it does to maintain them.

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I also saw that the Asian skyscraper development in that area has started. If the developers of that are smart they could make that into like a downtown for chinatown. And Houston could have a real urban china town.
That would be nice, but I think the true downtown for the new Chinatown area is going continue to be on Bellaire, between Ranchester and Corporate.
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