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Rosenberg Considers Developing Arts Programming, Restoring Cole Theater

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http://ultimatefortbend.com/stories/327839-rosenberg-development-corporation-approves-agreement-with-imperial-performing-arts

Rosenberg's Development Corporation agreed to the plan put forward by Sugar Land based Imperial Arts. The plan would generally allow the company to take office space near the Post Office, and would commit to restoring the old Cole Liberty Theater on Third Street. Ultimately, the goal is to create a "cultural district", sanctioned by the state's Arts Commission.

And the original press release from last year...

http://www.ci.rosenberg.tx.us/index.aspx?page=26&recordid=405&returnURL=%2Findex.aspx

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It's a bit off topic from the new development, but this does involve the Cole Theater so I figured I'd post it in this thread to see if I could get any bites.

 

I've been trying to find a commercial that Randalls did when they started their "R-Cola" line of sodas. I'm thinking it was somewhere around 1994 or 95? It actually involved the "R" logo appearing on the back of the then yellow-ish wall of the building. It was there for years and began to fade away until the wall was repainted and it's traces were covered in the not too distant past. I also know there was an article about the events in the Herald-Coaster at the time.

 

I've checked my old tapes and so far, haven't found it. Will keep looking though...

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In somewhat recent developments, it seems like they're trying to advance the cultural arts district branding.

 

The cultural district designation was formally approved by the Texas Commission on the Arts last month.

 

A new website has been launched: http://artsinrosenberg.org/index.html

 

They've also held an open house for merchants in the downtown district in the past couple of weeks to help show off the businesses and events that are taking place there. Based on the calendar on the site, it seems like there's more happening as of late than there has been in quite a while. Nice to see Vogelsang - er - Downtown Park also getting some more frequent use as well.

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What's happening in Ft. Bend really reminds me of how Orange County, CA developed. It never developed a dominant city. I can see Ft. Bend ending up with multiple mid sized cities in the 100k - 300k population range that blend into one continuous urban area.

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The restoration work appears to be underway. The marquee above the main entrance has been dismantled, and there are crews going in and out throughout the day. May try to get some photos if I have a chance tomorrow.

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Here are a few photos. Looks to be down to base coloring at this point. Also, it's the first time I've EVER seen the "Liberty" name exposed above the entrance. That was previously obscured by the large marquee.

 

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Do you have any updates about what happened here? The theater is up for sale and the marquee was never returned. Any insights?

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On 3/3/2013 at 9:52 PM, ChannelTwoNews said:

It's a bit off topic from the new development, but this does involve the Cole Theater so I figured I'd post it in this thread to see if I could get any bites.

 

I've been trying to find a commercial that Randalls did when they started their "R-Cola" line of sodas. I'm thinking it was somewhere around 1994 or 95? It actually involved the "R" logo appearing on the back of the then yellow-ish wall of the building. It was there for years and began to fade away until the wall was repainted and it's traces were covered in the not too distant past. I also know there was an article about the events in the Herald-Coaster at the time.

 

I've checked my old tapes and so far, haven't found it. Will keep looking though...

 

Did you ever end up finding this?! Sounds awesome!

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