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While your idea is terribly interesting and technologically advanced, if you cannot get on board with wishing and hoping that Hollywood celebrities come to Houston so that we can gawk at them and squeal like little girls when we see them at the Galleria, then you will forever be assigned to that group of Houstonians that "don't care that Houston sucks and is ugly and hot and humid".

Welcome to the club.

I keep laughing at the foke who think a movie studio is an economically brilliant idea.

Let's assume Hollywood foke would come here to shoot movies... how exactly (as compared say... to a super bowl event....) would small businesses make a fortune? How exactly would that change life for the average Houstonian?

I don't give a rat's ass if the City makes money. It would be wasted anyway.

And how many new jobs would a Texas Hollywood create here in Houston (as in new.. not transplanted people coming from SoCal...)??

No a GROW HOUSE would create more jobs.... create more tax income for the City... than anything... so... Texas should legalize pot and turn the Astrodome into a Grow House.

Oh.. by the way... where has the billions of dollars from the almost 20-year old lottery system gone? I thought we approved that primarily because the money was to go to education... schools, etc...... but.... our schools suck as much as the did when the lottery started.....

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I keep laughing at the foke who think a movie studio is an economically brilliant idea. Let's assume Hollywood foke would come here to shoot movies... how exactly (as compared say... to a super bowl

The county needs to face facts, wake up and smell the coffee, No Body Wants The Damn Dome. The Astros didn't want it. The Oilers didn't want it. The Texans sure don't want it. The Rodeo doesn't wa

The ones thinking the Dome should be a movie studio are the ones that are high. Yea.. people from all over the world will come here... to ... what... stand behind a glass wall and watch a movie being

WOW - A grow house. That is the best idea that I have heard yet. All these stupid, idiotic ideas involving Hotels, Movie Studios, Housing, etc.

The damn place is a white elephant and a dump. It needs to be torn down. Move On.

But Free Weed for Everyone. That is an idea whose time has come.

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WOW - A grow house. That is the best idea that I have heard yet. All these stupid, idiotic ideas involving Hotels, Movie Studios, Housing, etc.

The damn place is a white elephant and a dump. It needs to be torn down. Move On.

But Free Weed for Everyone. That is an idea whose time has come.

"Free Weed" for everyone?

Knock Knock. Hello. What actually would be "free"?

Pot sales would lead to the largest tax base in the city. Hands down. Not to mention the creation of new jobs, increased standard of living, reduced crime..... and on.. and on.....

There is no other product, nor service, that would bring in more tax revenue from the use of the Astrodome. None. Nada.

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I’m all for the grow house idea. For medicinal purposes only of course.  :rolleyes:

Maybe it could be a grow house AND a movie studio. We would get tax dollars and it would likely attract more Hollywood people. They would in fact probably be some of our best customers. What better place for a sequel to Harold and Kumar or the Pineapple Express? 

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I’m all for the grow house idea. For medicinal purposes only of course. :rolleyes:

Maybe it could be a grow house AND a movie studio. We would get tax dollars and it would likely attract more Hollywood people. They would in fact probably be some of our best customers. What better place for a sequel to Harold and Kumar or the Pineapple Express?

...and Willie would be in town more often.

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TOP 10 USES FOR THE ASTRODOME

1. Grow House (largest indoor grow house in the world... can tour and test like the Budweiser plant too)

2. Amatuer Porn Movie Studio (come on baby... let's go film a home movie...)

3. Internet Porn Studio (always wanted to start my own internet porn site)

4. Missile Silo

5. Future Home of the Houston Moose Knucklers (after the expansion of the Lingerie Football League)

6. Five Star Dome (how many full size restaurants could fit in there? visualize the TOP 100 five stars in there.. TOP 200?)

7. Food Court Dome (you got it... the largest congregation of fast food restaurants under one roof in the WORLD)

8. Children's Museum (largest on planet earth)

9. Energy Trading Dome

10. Casino

Just kinda popped in my head you know.....

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TOP 10 USES FOR THE ASTRODOME

1. Grow House (largest indoor grow house in the world... can tour and test like the Budweiser plant too)

2. Amatuer Porn Movie Studio (come on baby... let's go film a home movie...)

3. Internet Porn Studio (always wanted to start my own internet porn site)

4. Missile Silo

5. Future Home of the Houston Moose Knucklers (after the expansion of the Lingerie Football League)

6. Five Star Dome (how many full size restaurants could fit in there? visualize the TOP 100 five stars in there.. TOP 200?)

7. Food Court Dome (you got it... the largest congregation of fast food restaurants under one roof in the WORLD)

8. Children's Museum (largest on planet earth)

9. Energy Trading Dome

10. Casino

Just kinda popped in my head you know.....

I think you ought to give the maryjane a rest.

Despite the obstacles, at least the hotel and movie studio ideas could really be beneficial to Houston at some point. And if not, at least we could say we gave it a shot. The Astrodome deserves better than to have its destruction come about because some pot head wants to take the easy way out (typical behavior).

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I think you ought to give the maryjane a rest.

Despite the obstacles, at least the hotel and movie studio ideas could really be beneficial to Houston at some point. And if not, at least we could say we gave it a shot. The Astrodome deserves better than to have its destruction come about because some pot head wants to take the easy way out (typical behavior).

I'm surprised "Legalize MJ, and start growing in DOME" wasn't one of the top 10 possible uses.

hell, it doesn't have to be legalized, just do it anyway, it's owned by the county, it isn't like we can all go to jail, right?

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movie studio IS the best option! just one show (Friday Night Lights) spawned a whole lot of business and income to the entire area of Pfluggerville. bring that to Houston and the city will become one step closer to fulfilling its goal: The City of Opportunity. lets see, we have world class dancers, singers, musicians, and many other culture boosting professions. now add actors, directors, and all the technology people, Houston could potentially mvoe up on the World-Class city list. tourism will go up because of the films showcasing Houston without even knowing it. Houston is a very gorgeous city and a lot of people dont realize outside of Houston or even Texas. making movies in Houston and have the world to see can and will be a very good thing to have.

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movie studio IS the best option! just one show (Friday Night Lights) spawned a whole lot of business and income to the entire area of Pfluggerville. bring that to Houston and the city will become one step closer to fulfilling its goal: The City of Opportunity. lets see, we have world class dancers, singers, musicians, and many other culture boosting professions. now add actors, directors, and all the technology people, Houston could potentially mvoe up on the World-Class city list. tourism will go up because of the films showcasing Houston without even knowing it. Houston is a very gorgeous city and a lot of people dont realize outside of Houston or even Texas. making movies in Houston and have the world to see can and will be a very good thing to have.

The ones thinking the Dome should be a movie studio are the ones that are high.

Yea.. people from all over the world will come here... to ... what... stand behind a glass wall and watch a movie being made?

I've lived here all my life... Houston is not some "georgeous" city.... it was "georgeous" decades ago before they knocked down 90% of the buildings, built a bunch of boxes and cardboard strip centers every block, became a homeland for 90% of foreigners coming from south of the border, and every neighborhood from those days became a hood.

Compared to 1975... I'd say Houston is pretty damn fugly.

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The ones thinking the Dome should be a movie studio are the ones that are high.

Yea.. people from all over the world will come here... to ... what... stand behind a glass wall and watch a movie being made?

I've lived here all my life... Houston is not some "georgeous" city.... it was "georgeous" decades ago before they knocked down 90% of the buildings, built a bunch of boxes and cardboard strip centers every block, became a homeland for 90% of foreigners coming from south of the border, and every neighborhood from those days became a hood.

Compared to 1975... I'd say Houston is pretty damn fugly.

Even when it was the bears, I knew it was the immigrants.

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The ones thinking the Dome should be a movie studio are the ones that are high.

Yea.. people from all over the world will come here... to ... what... stand behind a glass wall and watch a movie being made?

I've lived here all my life... Houston is not some "georgeous" city.... it was "georgeous" decades ago before they knocked down 90% of the buildings, built a bunch of boxes and cardboard strip centers every block, became a homeland for 90% of foreigners coming from south of the border, and every neighborhood from those days became a hood.

Compared to 1975... I'd say Houston is pretty damn fugly.

oh but the ones that are talkin about a GROW HOUSE arent?

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More and more movies are not being filmed in LA because of production costs. Many cities, such as Houston, give incentives for productions that come to their areas. I don't know if this will ever happen with the dome, but it would be totally cool if it did.

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More and more movies are not being filmed in LA because of production costs. Many cities, such as Houston, give incentives for productions that come to their areas. I don't know if this will ever happen with the dome, but it would be totally cool if it did.

The question that first needs to be answered is whether there is a need for this kind of studio. Filmmaking has become much more common in Austin for a variety of reasons, but pirmarily because of the high concentration of creative types with experience and skills necessary for filmmaking. For this idea to be successful it would have to be as an extension of the Austin film industry. If the established parties there see value in a large studio, then this could work. But I don't know how they view it.

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The ones thinking the Dome should be a movie studio are the ones that are high.

Yea.. people from all over the world will come here... to ... what... stand behind a glass wall and watch a movie being made?

I've lived here all my life... Houston is not some "georgeous" city.... it was "georgeous" decades ago before they knocked down 90% of the buildings, built a bunch of boxes and cardboard strip centers every block, became a homeland for 90% of foreigners coming from south of the border, and every neighborhood from those days became a hood.

Compared to 1975... I'd say Houston is pretty damn fugly.

I take it back. Go find yourself some maryjane quick! It sounds like you need it, bro.

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SSC here we come. Seriously, could you guys give it a rest.

Yeah Spider, listen to Gary. Give it a rest and shut up already. If you can't offer anything constructive to the conversation or to the promotion of Houston you should just tune in and drop out.

We don't need your stinking negativity! You aren't part of the solution. You're part of the problem.

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For you guys that keep bringing up ideas for the Astrodome.....WHY do so? The title of this thread does not say 'What idea do you have for the Astrodome' etc... This thread is about turning the Astrodome to a Movie Studio! If people out there have the money to turn the Astrodome to a Movie Studio and you don't like it, don't complain like a-holes here go somewhere else. angry.gif

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For you guys that keep bringing up ideas for the Astrodome.....WHY do so? The title of this thread does not say 'What idea do you have for the Astrodome' etc... This thread is about turning the Astrodome to a Movie Studio! If people out there have the money to turn the Astrodome to a Movie Studio and you don't like it, don't complain like a-holes here go somewhere else. angry.gif

What - You only want hear positive responses? Can't take an opposing view? AH - I think I hear violins.

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The county needs to face facts, wake up and smell the coffee, No Body Wants The Damn Dome.

The Astros didn't want it.

The Oilers didn't want it.

The Texans sure don't want it.

The Rodeo doesn't want it.

The Rockets don't need it.

The soccer team, whatever they are called, don't want it.

It has been unused for how long now? Geeze, the county just doesn't get. They are suffering from the Bagwell Syndrome.

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For you guys that keep bringing up ideas for the Astrodome.....WHY do so? The title of this thread does not say 'What idea do you have for the Astrodome' etc... This thread is about turning the Astrodome to a Movie Studio! If people out there have the money to turn the Astrodome to a Movie Studio and you don't like it, don't complain like a-holes here go somewhere else. angry.gif

I sure hope you're not talking about me, chief. Because I made a number of well-reasoned posts about my views on the ecomonic viability of a film studio, and put forth a number of ideas on what I see as a viable solution. One that represents technological innovation this city should be proud to have its name associated with. That's not negativity. That's called discourse. It's what the HAIF is about.

If all you can bring to to table is a bunch of simplistic 'me too' boosterism, do us a favor and go find a kiddie pool like City-Data to play in.

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What is it with these posters?

if your idea keeps getting negatives, stop posting them...

this thread used to make sense...

You could look at it from a different point of view. I mentioned above I think there are no really spectacular ideas/uses for the Dome. Some may think it's actually a positive idea to tear it down rather than watching it rot away.

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I sure hope you're not talking about me, chief. Because I made a number of well-reasoned posts about my views on the ecomonic viability of a film studio, and put forth a number of ideas on what I see as a viable solution. One that represents technological innovation this city should be proud to have its name associated with. That's not negativity. That's called discourse. It's what the HAIF is about.

If all you can bring to to table is a bunch of simplistic 'me too' boosterism, do us a favor and go find a kiddie pool like City-Data to play in.

I know, im not talking about you. I'm talking about other people here. Im not going to say names 'cause its pretty obvious.

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You could look at it from a different point of view. I mentioned above I think there are no really spectacular ideas/uses for the Dome. Some may think it's actually a positive idea to tear it down rather than watching it rot away.

Has any other major sports stadium avoided the wrecking ball after they were replaced? I can not think of any.

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Since the 4th, 5th and 6th responses on the first page of this thread started to discuss better alternatives than a movie studio I will toss mine into the arena.

The studio angle originally quoted was merely a proposal nothing more. Not something etched in stone as the thread title suggests.

With tongue in cheek let's kill four birds with one stone and make mega tax revenues for the city in the meantime. A movie studio?? I dunno...sooo boring and 10-50 times more potential tax revenues can be had with other more profitable options.

What you do is make it a multiplex. 1/4 is the largest casino, hotel, filly ranch in the world bringing in enormous tax revenues. A huge base of tourist/gambler business and mainstream semi-annual/yearly convention business will be sucked away from Vegas.

1/4 is the worlds largest grow house raising enormous tax revenues from the sale and export of legalized weed (pre-Hearst).

1/4 of it will be the worlds largest maximum security prison bringing in enormous revenues from other states that send their hopeless basket cases here for eternal maintenance. Since the Huntsville Rodeo is now a memory read on for what the last 1/4 will be.

1/4 will be the worlds largest gladiator arena for the criminally insane. Taking inmate volunteers and Death Rowers from the Houston SuperMax this part of the dome will be an updated 21st century version of Rome's Colosseum. A cross between the ancient spectacle and part Mad Max Thunderdome. Three rings will be built, one of them suspended in air, rotating underneath 4 enormous spotlights.

Inmates that volunteer (and some that don't) from Houston Supermax will fight to the death in ages old spectacles of chained lions and tigers, unchained, half starved grizzly bears and a deep sea tank of tiger and great white sharks. Massive revenues will surpass that of the 60s and 70s. All the while the nation will become safer day by day.

The filming aspect will be covered here by marketing GladiatorDome DVD's to the world market. Each weekly DVD will cover the best, scariest and goriest moments of the previous week. A full box set of 52 DVDs will be issued yearly at a reduced rate to members of the GladiatorDome Club. A massive influx of worldwide orders to GladiatorDome.com will more than support this venture. Weekly worldwide televised $50 Pay Per Views will also bring in massive revenues.

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I know, im not talking about you. I'm talking about other people here. Im not going to say names 'cause its pretty obvious.

Hey I represent that!

I capitulated to privatization argument. If we spend another 5 years debating this, it's just going to be too late by then.

I think I'll go down there this weekend and do some Beaux-Arts renderings of it in it's current glory, ala Boullée.

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Since the 4th, 5th and 6th responses on the first page of this thread started to discuss better alternatives than a movie studio I will toss mine into the arena.

The studio angle originally quoted was merely a proposal nothing more. Not something etched in stone as the thread title suggests.

With tongue in cheek let's kill four birds with one stone and make mega tax revenues for the city in the meantime. A movie studio?? I dunno...sooo boring and 10-50 times more potential tax revenues can be had with other more profitable options.

What you do is make it a multiplex. 1/4 is the largest casino, hotel, filly ranch in the world bringing in enormous tax revenues. A huge base of tourist/gambler business and mainstream semi-annual/yearly convention business will be sucked away from Vegas.

1/4 is the worlds largest grow house raising enormous tax revenues from the sale and export of legalized weed (pre-Hearst).

1/4 of it will be the worlds largest maximum security prison bringing in enormous revenues from other states that send their hopeless basket cases here for eternal maintenance. Since the Huntsville Rodeo is now a memory read on for what the last 1/4 will be.

1/4 will be the worlds largest gladiator arena for the criminally insane. Taking inmate volunteers and Death Rowers from the Houston SuperMax this part of the dome will be an updated 21st century version of Rome's Colosseum. A cross between the ancient spectacle and part Mad Max Thunderdome. Three rings will be built, one of them suspended in air, rotating underneath 4 enormous spotlights.

Inmates that volunteer (and some that don't) from Houston Supermax will fight to the death in ages old spectacles of chained lions and tigers, unchained, half starved grizzly bears and a deep sea tank of tiger and great white sharks. Massive revenues will surpass that of the 60s and 70s. All the while the nation will become safer day by day.

The filming aspect will be covered here by marketing GladiatorDome DVD's to the world market. Each weekly DVD will cover the best, scariest and goriest moments of the previous week. A full box set of 52 DVDs will be issued yearly at a reduced rate to members of the GladiatorDome Club. A massive influx of worldwide orders to GladiatorDome.com will more than support this venture. Weekly worldwide televised $50 Pay Per Views will also bring in massive revenues.

I vote "approve" on that. Brilliantly adapted thought process considering multiple options focusing on MAXIMUM REVENUES!

Seems a small # of us (i.e. SMALL) have zoned in on ECONOMICS..... and... per observation.... seems a large # of foke have no clue what 'brainstorming' is...

All it takes is legalizing gambling and weed and paying off PETA...... piece of cake...

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I would like to see them gut most of the structure, open it leaving four raised columns to support four "panels" of the roof to span the entire structure. This would leave some memory and tribute to the former structure. They could then bring in materials,large trees, park amenities, play spaces, water / cool spaces etc.. inside the area of the original structure. A pedestrian pathway from Herman Park and / or the HP rail station - traveling through Braeswood Rd. / Braes bayou could be built that would extend to Reliant Park to the Astrodome Park with the path ending near the Fannin light rail station - 4-5 miles total. Pedestrian walk ways to be lighted and patroled with operating hours. The park would serve the interests of the Rodeo, Convention participants and the Texans. The park would be free to the City Residents, but a fee would be incurred to utlize parking. Some revenues drawn from signage. Obviously fund raising and some philanthropic effort would be necessary ( a gift from the blah blah foundation to the City of Houston ). Rodeo / Reliant could also kick in, in exchange for some concessions from the county.

I'd love for this to become reality, but no not the first thing about making it so. I wouldn't even know who to call.

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Houston's Astrodome could become a Hollywood style movie studio

By Brad Woodard / 11 News | 05:23 PM CDT on Wednesday, September 9, 2009

The Astrodome is a Houston landmark that may become a movie studio if the county agrees to a new proposal presented by a group of private investors. When the Astrodome opened in 1965, it was dubbed the eighth wonder of the world.

Now it is the focus of a documentary that provides a definitive look at the history of the dome. But the backers of the film would like to see the dome as not only the subject of the movie, but also the place where movies are made.

“We have all this dirt, all this floor space and no columns. It is 140,000 square feet where we can build anything -- any galaxy and any town set that's imaginable. Then it's taken down and somebody else puts up another setting. There's nothing to compare with the size,” said Cynthia Neely, Vice President of Astrodome Studios.

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The building that has inspired so many visions has inspired Neely and others to envision a Hollywood style movie studio that would be unlike any other. It would be called Astrodome Studios, and it would be completely self-contained and privately funded. Neely says the studio could help generate millions of dollars for the state’s economy.

“The production budget for the average film is about $53 million. They generally spend and leave behind about a third of that amount in the community. So one film could result in $17 million for the community,” said Neely.

The studio says it's willing to pay to bring the dome up to code, and could be up and running within a couple of months.

It would also lease the dome from the county.

But the deal has not been approved.

The county says it’s one of several options being weighed, but that it's not ruling anything out.

http://www.khou.com/....1641731a7.html

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Yeah Spider, listen to Gary. Give it a rest and shut up already. If you can't offer anything constructive to the conversation or to the promotion of Houston you should just tune in and drop out.

We don't need your stinking negativity! You aren't part of the solution. You're part of the problem.

Actually, the Dome would probably make great sound stages. Ever been to Culver City?, same sort of thing, but the Dome is prettier. Hollywood is losing it's movie industry. Even our small NM town has had some movies made here without all the great resources of a great city like Houston.

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Thanks for posting, I just posted a topic about the entertainment industry in Texas, and how it lagging behind States like Georgia, California, Florida and New York. I really hope this happens, but for some reason, I think the people in charge of the decision will choose not to because that is the way it usually works in Houston, its like nothing cool is allowed for the city.

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