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Old Houston Neon Signs

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Link to neon (old & new): http://www.flickr.com/search/groups/?w=673...ston&m=pool

This search left me with questions:

Included in this nice photo collection are several signs I would like to know more about:

The Continental Club sign - the sign looks very old, but search articles talk of a new nightclub...what's the history?

3th ward sign - what business was it?

and just if you are interested - there is a nice orange neon sign from the Sears on Shepherd, and the burger chef man sign.

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The Continental Club sign - the sign looks very old, but search articles talk of a new nightclub...what's the history?

Nena - Houston's Continental Club has been around a while, but is not what I'd call old. But it's related to Austin's Continental Club, which is old (1957). The Houston club is run and staffed by some pretty cool people. They book out-of-town bands, but also have local cover bands with weekly shows. Beetle (a Beatles cover band) plays for happy hour on Thursday nights, and Molly & the Ringwalds (80's) plays for happy hour on Friday nights. I was just looking at their calendar and saw that the Allen Oldies Band ('50's & '60's covers) is playing this Sunday night at Continental's sister bar - Big Top - a few doors down. If any of that sounds like your kind of thing, you should go by sometime - that little block of businesses (Continental, Sig's, Tacos-a-Go-Go, Big Top, and the Mink) is sandwiched between the Ensemble light rail stop and the corner of Main and Alabama, and was the subject of a column in this week's Press.

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What colors were the old North Main Theater sign? I know the vertical stripes over the windows were red and black. Was it animated?

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What colors were the old North Main Theater sign? I know the vertical stripes over the windows were red and black. Was it animated?

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Looked in the Cinema Houston book, but haven't found an answer, address was 3730 North Main...says the marquee was replaced in the 1970's when it switched to Spanish films. In 1993, had a a "painted-over marquee". How sad... :( .

Also looked under Bob Bailey Collection/ Theaters/ other ...no night shots to tell if illuminated. (but, as usual, there were some interesting pics.)

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