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I also remember us going skating at a roller rink (1962-64) that I think was on IH-610 west of Gulfgate Shopping Center/Mall. Was there such a place in that vicinity? Or in this case, has my memory failed me?

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I'm not sure if there is/was one there but I remember the one on Bellaire.  I think it was called the Bellaire Skating Rink back in the 70's.  I'm sure it's gone now.

Thanks. As I've said, I'm trying to rely on memories that are over 40 years ago. I just thought that I remember my parent's and my dad's cousin going to a skating rink on IH-610 just west of Telephone Road. A "Diet Rite Cola" sign is also coming into view when I think of that rink.

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Thanks.  As I've said, I'm trying to rely on memories that are over 40 years ago.  I just thought that I remember my parent's and my dad's cousin going to a skating rink on IH-610 just west of Telephone Road.  A "Diet Rite Cola" sign is also coming into view when I think of that rink.

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I'm amazed at how detailed your memory is! :)

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Thanks.  As I've said, I'm trying to rely on memories that are over 40 years ago.  I just thought that I remember my parent's and my dad's cousin going to a skating rink on IH-610 just west of Telephone Road.  A "Diet Rite Cola" sign is also coming into view when I think of that rink.

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I think there is a trailer company where the rink was, I don`t remember any info though. Info was second hand from family member.

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I think there is a trailer company where the rink was, I don`t remember any info though. Info was second hand from family member.

I don't remember exactly where it was located but I loved going to the old Polar Wave Ice Palace for ice skating back in the '50s. My Mother had also skated there in her earlier years so I know it wasn't a new rink at that time. After it closed, they made ice skating available periodically in the old Houston Coliseum Downtown.

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I don't remember exactly where it was located but I loved going to the old Polar Wave Ice Palace for ice skating back in the '50s.  My Mother had also skated there in her earlier years so I know it wasn't a new rink at that time.  After it closed, they made ice skating available periodically in the old Houston Coliseum Downtown.

The last time that I went to Houston was back in 2002. On IH-610 I remember seeing a business called "Levitz." The skating rink that I think I remember was somewhere in that vicinity.

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There used to be a skating rink between winkler and i-45 on the southeast side of town. Perhaps that's the one you're remembering?

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There used to be a skating rink between winkler and i-45 on the southeast side of town. Perhaps that's the one you're remembering?

It might be. My memory isn't accurate all of the time. But I do remember (1962-64) going with my parents to the Winkler Drive-In Theatre on Winkler Drive. "Subdude" posted an old aerial photo of Gulfgate Shopping Center under "The East End" category. At the top of the photo you can see a drive-in theatre. That was the Winkler. I've been trying to find out about that theatre for at least six months.

An aerial photo is better than no photo at all. But I'm still hoping that I stumble across someone out there who has a close up picture of the Winkler. Do you personally have any information about it?

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It might be.  My memory isn't accurate all of the time.  But I do remember (1962-64) going with my parents to the Winkler Drive-In Theatre on Winkler Drive.  "Subdude" posted an old aerial photo of Gulfgate Shopping Center under "The East End" category.  At the top of the photo you can see a drive-in theatre.  That was the Winkler.  I've been trying to find out about that theatre for at least six months.

An aerial photo is better than no photo at all.  But I'm still hoping that I stumble across someone out there who has a close up picture of the Winkler.  Do you personally have any information about it?

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Sorry I wasnt around in the 60's. My memories of this skating rink - which was located on Easthaven to be exact - are from the 70's.

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Cool forum. I just found it a while ago.

Yes, there was a roller rink on Loop 610, just west of Gulfgate Mall at Telephone Road.

It was a trailer supply company after that and is now all rebuilt with new retail buildings.

The whole Gulfgate landscape has changed a lot in the last couple of years but you do remember the roller rink in the correct place.

Anyone remember the big oil fountain inside of Gulfgate Mall?

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Cool forum. I just found it a while ago.

Yes, there was a roller rink on Loop 610, just west of Gulfgate Mall at Telephone Road.

It was a trailer supply company after that and is now all rebuilt with new retail buildings.

The whole Gulfgate landscape has changed a lot in the last couple of years but you do remember the roller rink in the correct place.

Anyone remember the big oil fountain inside of Gulfgate Mall?

Thank you. I thought that I remembered one somewhere around there. Like I said, I lived in Houston from 1962-1964. Four stores stand out in my mind from Gulfgate Shopping Center: Weingarten's, Newberry's, the toy store in the corner, and the underground bowling alley. I remember my mother telling me that we couldn't go into Joske's or Sakowitz because those stores were for rich people.

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If I remember right, it was named Gulfgate Roller Rink. That one was there for a long time too.

I remember the shops in the mall too. Before Almeda Mall, Gulfgate was it other than stand alone stores in Pasadena.

The Gulfgate Theater is gone along with the hill it sat on. Mini storage there now and the 610 crossing bridge is sort of there. I think they are leaving it in place and are rebuilding the theater end of it to match the new lower grade.

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A bit of an update. I went by the old Gulfgate skate rink yesterday and the building is actually still there but sitting empty.

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A bit of an update. I went by the old Gulfgate skate rink yesterday and the building is actually still there but sitting empty.

Thank you. Like I said, it has been over 40 years since I've been there. I THINK that that's the place. I remember going westbound on IH-610. We would pass up Gulfgate Shopping Center, and arrive at a skating rink a little way's down from there.

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Cool forum. I just found it a while ago.

Yes, there was a roller rink on Loop 610, just west of Gulfgate Mall at Telephone Road.

It was a trailer supply company after that and is now all rebuilt with new retail buildings.

Last time I went by the trailer place is still there. The surprising thing is that Perry Homes has a new dollop of housing going up right behind there on Telephone. One of the proposed MetroRail, oh yeah, BRT (aka Barrio Rapid Transit, aka Been Robbed by Tom, aka Big Rubber Tires) routes for the Southeast line goes down Telephone at that spot so we might see even more upgrades soon.

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Thank you.  Like I said, it has been over 40 years since I've been there.  I THINK that that's the place.  I remember going westbound on IH-610.  We would pass up Gulfgate Shopping Center, and arrive at a skating rink a little way's down from there.

Chet Cuccia

Like I said, to me, if would be an eerie and a spooky feeling to go inside old buildings such at that Gulfgate Skating Rink and the Santa Rosa Theatre, buildings that have been all boarded up and closed down for many years.

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Didn't the Gateway Pool on South Main have skating?

There was a large roller skating rink, in the 50s, close to Crystal Pool on South Main. That was the place to be seen on a Saturday night! ;)

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That would be the place.

Thank you.  Like I said, it has been over 40 years since I've been there.  I THINK that that's the place.  I remember going westbound on IH-610.  We would pass up Gulfgate Shopping Center, and arrive at a skating rink a little way's down from there.

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I don't remember exactly where it was located but I loved going to the old Polar Wave Ice Palace for ice skating back in the '50s.  My Mother had also skated there in her earlier years so I know it wasn't a new rink at that time.  After it closed, they made ice skating available periodically in the old Houston Coliseum Downtown.

I was trying to remember the name of that place! I went there a couple of times. It was not far off Almeda Rd., which was Texas 288 back then. I'm pretty sure it was on an east-west street rather than a north-south, probably between Elgin and where I-45 cut through, south of downtown. The colors were blue and white inside and it was freezing in there.

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I was trying to remember the name of that place!  I went there a couple of times.  It was not far off Almeda Rd., which was Texas 288 back then.  I'm pretty sure it was on an east-west street rather than a north-south, probably between Elgin and where I-45 cut through, south of downtown.  The colors were blue and white inside and it was freezing in there.

Polar Wave Ice Palace was at Hutchins and McGowen

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Instead of turning the Astrodome into a hotel, why don't they just make both a roller and an ice skating rink? Or is that a stupid idea?

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Instead of turning the Astrodome into a hotel, why don't they just make both a roller and an ice skating rink?  Or is that a stupid idea?

Sounds like a wonderful idea but probably wouldn't be that lucrative. It would take a bundle to keep that place cool enough for an ice-skating rink, I would think.

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Sounds like a wonderful idea but probably wouldn't be that lucrative.  It would take a bundle to keep that place cool enough for an ice-skating rink, I would think.

Chris Baker on KTRH said that the city is already paying $500,000 per year simply to maintain it while it sits unoccupied and unused.

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Chris Baker on KTRH said that the city is already paying $500,000 per year simply to maintain it while it sits unoccupied and unused.

Well it is used for some things, and it would probably cost even more to maintain a roller coaster/skating rink place. Also there is now a plan to use the stadium that looks somewhat promising.

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well off the wall regarding skating rinks, there was one if you headed out down Beechnut as if you were going to Fame City Mall AKA now known as FunPlex. On the right hand side before getting to Fame City you would see the skating rink called Star Light Roller rink. It's not that anymore though I believe it's still a skating rink plus there is a skating rink also at FunPlex. You can find them at this address, yet the old star light location is not far from this same address:

13700 Beechnut Houston TX 77083

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I also remember us going skating at a roller rink (1962-64) that I think was on IH-610 west of Gulfgate Shopping Center/Mall.  Was there such a place in that vicinity?  Or in this case, has my memory failed me?

Chet Cuccia

Depends where on Bellaire you are talking - Out in Alief there was a skating rink called Great Skate between Cook and Kirkwood - First place I ever held a girls hand

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Well it is used for some things, and it would probably cost even more to maintain a roller coaster/skating rink place.  Also there is now a plan to use the stadium that looks somewhat promising.

Starlight Skate was located at the corner of Beechnut and Cook Rd out in Alief - Should be the Northeast corner

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I used to skate a small skating rink in the eastend on Capitol. Can't remember the name though.

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Tradewinds on W 34th just off 290 is still there. However, it is closed and for sale.

Tradewinds is my old skating grounds. "ALL SKATE" and the next song will be "COUPLES ONLY".

:D

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TJ we definatly ran in the same circles.

I was a rink rat at Tradwinds for many years. Every Friday and Saturday nights... we even stayed for the Late Session. This was early 70's. I broke my wrist during a race one Saturday when I was in 3rd grade.

When my sons were younger I took them there for a school party and could not believe how "funky" it was inside. Poor place really looks bad. I'm guessing there is so much asbestos in that building that it will have to be torn down.

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well, I was in the third grade around '78 skated at tradewinds until about 1981 or '82. ^_^ I am willing to bet we may have been there together at some point though.

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I forget you are younger than me. I graduated Waltrin in 77. By 1982 I had already been married and divorced. (not something to brag about, but the truth)

But it still cool that we remember alot of the same things.

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OK, I got one for you Martha, are you ready ? You better sit down for this one. SQUARE PAN PIZZA ! You have to remember that restaurant.

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The sculpture building near U of H used to be a skating rink. I guess on Calhoun near MLK.

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Was that rink, out by the U of H, a roller rink or ice rink?

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There were two other rinks i went to in the 70's. I think one was called Rollertown way out westheimer by Hwy6. Believe me, back in the 70's that was waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaayyy out. Another really nice rink was on Pinemont,in NW Houston. I can't remember the cross street, but the building is still there.

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I forget you are younger than me. I graduated Waltrin in 77. By 1982 I had already been married and divorced. (not something to brag about, but the truth)

But it still cool that we remember alot of the same things.

I graduated from high school in 1976. I found out that had I stayed in Houston, I would have attended Milby. Are you familiar with that school?

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I graduated from high school in 1976. I found out that had I stayed in Houston, I would have attended Milby. Are you familiar with that school?

I have heard of Milby... but not familiar... what part of town?

Tradewinds is my old skating grounds. "ALL SKATE" and the next song will be "COUPLES ONLY".

:D

And the next song will be LADY's Choice.

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I have heard of Milby... but not familiar... what part of town?

And the next song will be LADY's Choice.

I found out that Milby High School is on Broadway in the area that I think is classified as The East End.

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I also remember us going skating at a roller rink (1962-64) that I think was on IH-610 west of Gulfgate Shopping Center/Mall. Was there such a place in that vicinity? Or in this case, has my memory failed me?

Chet Cuccia

just added this to the collection:

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just added this to the collection:

NICE! I particularly like the "pre-loop" Holmes Road address.

Any idea (yet) of what the logo with the flags on the bottom left is or says?

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Wow I just found this site yesterday, this is cool talking to people that grew up around the same time and around the same place. I lived in the Gulfgate Village apartments right in front of the Globe store across Woodridge from Gulfgate from 61' - 78'. y'all have brought back so many good memories (whats left of them). I do remember the skating rink near telephone and 610 but only went there once. Will try to check for new post daily.

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