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The Uptown Houston website lists this new project as:

A.D. Players Theatre: New construction is planned for a performance theatre at Yorktown and Westheimer. The 85,000 square foot theatre complex will hold three theaters with a total seating of 1,000. The theatre should be complete within three years. The A.D. Players broke ground on the new location February 2006.

Do we know any additional information? The AD Players theatre website does not have any information about the architect, renderings, or any other information. This will be a great venue. What else can we find out?

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I am rather surprised no one has commented here about the fact that construction has commenced on this project.  Utilities trenching and drilling for piers is almost complete and concrete should be po

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The Uptown Houston website lists this new project as:

A.D. Players Theatre: New construction is planned for a performance theatre at Yorktown and Westheimer. The 85,000 square foot theatre complex will hold three theaters with a total seating of 1,000. The theatre should be complete within three years. The A.D. Players broke ground on the new location February 2006.

Do we know any additional information? The AD Players theatre website does not have any information about the architect, renderings, or any other information. This will be a great venue. What else can we find out?

-Yak-

That will be a great NEW attraction in uptown.

It is flooded with restuarant and stores.

I bet the design will have GREAT curb appeal too. B)

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There has been a sign up at that location for at least 3 years now

at least 3 years if not longer and the clock keeps ticking.

i wonder if it is a monetary issue. are they trying to raise the needed funds to complete the project? do they own the property?

i began to doubt the project when cvs set up shop on a corner of the lot.

i'd like to see this project come to fruition.

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Is this to be just another multiplex type theater?

Sounds more like a "live" on stage theater venue which is something we really need. Really need, I stress. :P

It's not a movie theater, it's for plays. "A. D. Players" is a Christian theater group.

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It's not a movie theater, it's for plays. "A. D. Players" is a Christian theater group.

That's great.

Educate me, but does this mean that every play thats performed will have a religous theme? Just curious. I still would like to see either way. :)

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That's great.

Educate me, but does this mean that every play thats performed will have a religous theme? Just curious. I still would like to see either way. :)

The theater performs both religous and secular plays. It was founded in 1967 by Jeanette Clift George. All of the shows are family friendly and generally have a redeeming message, even if they are not directly religous. More information is available at www.adplayers.org

The theater is currently located at 2710 W. Alabama. There is also plays for children performed in a space at St. Luke's Methodist Church.

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I'll definitely be trying to look out for the new renderings when I'm in the area. This is very encouraging.

That would be wonderful!

I hope the sets/lighting will be on a grand scale. The young aspiring actors could gain some great experience here then move on to far more grand opportunities in theater. Skies the limit!

Hark! I hear some Shakespeare in the distance.

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Well, after driving by this morning and seeing the sign posted on the property, I can definitely confirmt that it looks a LOT like the Hobby Center design, except the roofline is curved rather than angular and it doesn't look to be as tall. The color scheme and window treatments are very much the same, however.

I hope architects do better than The Hobby Center. The theater itself is beautiful but the place itself is not very handicap friendly at all. Everyone has to go down steep steps to visit the RR. Its very difficult/dangerous for women in evening wear. Elevators are too small and take forever when there is a big crowd. Parking in back garage is not very safe either. On the good side, the 2nd level has a grand view of the DT skyline. My personal fav will always be the Wortham of course.

Wonder if there is a website on this new structures progress? Guess I can check the AD Player site. :)

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I hope architects do better than The Hobby Center. The theater itself is beautiful but the place itself is not very handicap friendly at all. Everyone has to go down steep steps to visit the RR. Its very difficult/dangerous for women in evening wear. Elevators are too small and take forever when there is a big crowd. Parking in back garage is not very safe either. On the good side, the 2nd level has a grand view of the DT skyline. My personal fav will always be the Wortham of course.

Wonder if there is a website on this new structures progress? Guess I can check the AD Player site. :)

I am looking out my window in the Southern Union building and they have bulldozers clearing the land at Yorktown and Westheimer. Is this the same construction?

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I am looking out my window in the Southern Union building and they have bulldozers clearing the land at Yorktown and Westheimer. Is this the same construction?

Wish I could confirm, maybe another poster will say.

What I did in the mean time sign up on the website to learn of upcoming shows. :P

I recall a recent interview with Kevin Spacey where he urged everyone to get interested in live theater especially for all aspiring thespians.

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When the theater company was started 40 years ago, it was a very small troop of college students and at one of their first events, the founder was asked what the name of her troop was. She replied "The After Dinner Players" because they were hoping to be fed. :rolleyes:

The name stuck and 41 years later it's still the name of the company.

As for the other post, I am heading down Westheimer this morning and will try to help confirm whether the land is being cleared yet.

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When the theater company was started 40 years ago, it was a very small troop of college students and at one of their first events, the founder was asked what the name of her troop was. She replied "The After Dinner Players" because they were hoping to be fed. :rolleyes:

That is hilarious kind of like "starving artists" sale.

A.D. had me thinking of Greek or Roman Coliseum-like stage presence/sound. :lol:

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I am looking out my window in the Southern Union building and they have bulldozers clearing the land at Yorktown and Westheimer. Is this the same construction?

If it's the big, vacant piece with Spectra's building on the north side and the CVS on the east side at the intersection then that would be it.

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Not A.fter D.inner? If A D does stand for Anno Domini, they should change their name to the C E (Common Era) Players.

MarkLTD explained what it meant above. I always thought AD meant the era before Christ or Abo Domani?

Oh well, in any case the place will be magnificent! :lol:

Hope they use giant moving Klieg Lights at ribbon cutting/Grand Opening. Exciting!

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MarkLTD explained what it meant above. I always thought AD meant the era before Christ or Abo Domani?

Oh well, in any case the place will be magnificent! :lol:

Hope they use giant moving Klieg Lights at ribbon cutting/Grand Opening. Exciting!

I know, and I was making a joke about what he said.

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Yes. . . they break ground tomorrow. . .

kidding! :lol:

I think there is a contractor shack there, so that is a good sign that something is brewing.

Wow, you got me for a second. I'm going to stop by that shack...

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I am the resident designer/technical director for the A.D. Players, and I can assure you the project is not dead. We have had a some difficulties in our fundraising with the downturn in the economy (but what non-profit hasn't). For further information, or better yet to make a donation, contact our development office through our website www.adplayers.org

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I am the resident designer/technical director for the A.D. Players, and I can assure you the project is not dead. We have had a some difficulties in our fundraising with the downturn in the economy (but what non-profit hasn't). For further information, or better yet to make a donation, contact our development office through our website www.adplayers.org

Good to hear and best of luck reaching your goal. This looks like a great addition to the arts scene in the city. How close are you guys to raising the money that you need?

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I remember seeing that sign appear almost 8 years ago. I used to live on Bering, like half a block from the site, so I got really excited. I usually laugh when I see it now, thinking that the whole thing was scrapped and the sign was just forgotten.

Good to know it's still going to happen.

And I found the page on their website regarding this site:

http://www.adplayers.org/capitalcampaign.html

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Caravan of heavy equipment showed up with police escort around 7:30 pm this evening. They are currently erecting a tower crane. I guess that means the new theater isn't to be??? I didn't even know the property was on the market.

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I happened to drive by earlier today.... looked like some new HVAC equipment for the building just to the west... didn't that one announce a renovation a while back? Could be part of that. Saw similar HVAC install ongoing on Friday for one of the woodway buildings, and for the new Gables Post Oak. Must be that time of year...

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