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53 minutes ago, Avossos said:

 

Does this mean the apartments / office are going to be breaking ground soon? In Sawyer yards...

I think it just means the land is being used temporarily for the outdoor theater. I'm not even sure what the real timeline for breaking ground is 

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16 minutes ago, j_cuevas713 said:

I think it just means the land is being used temporarily for the outdoor theater. I'm not even sure what the real timeline for breaking ground is 

 

Well, I am hoping its a sign of future activity 😗

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So I came across a couple of guys taking down the drive-in theatre screen, so this might mean something, either winter has caused people to not go to drive-ins anymore, the Moonstruck in Midway's East River project has overtaken the market or this project is about to start up. Hoping for the latter.

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My money is on the latter. The drive in has been packed as if late. I can see it from my living room.

 

Alternatively, I wonder if maybe they are making a bigger screen?

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Per the drive in website it looks like December was a "soft launch" with discounted ticket rates. I'm thinking they may be prepping for something more permanent. (https://rooftopcinemaclub.com/houston/venue/the-drive-in-at-eado/)

I have a feeling the development of this lot for "The Mill" may not take place in the short term. I haven't seen any paperwork for restrictions or permitting yet.

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1 hour ago, ljchou said:

Per the drive in website it looks like December was a "soft launch" with discounted ticket rates. I'm thinking they may be prepping for something more permanent. (https://rooftopcinemaclub.com/houston/venue/the-drive-in-at-eado/)

You're probably right. The shipping containers were taken down today. Looks like they are also bringing in some stones to lay out as a non-grass surface in the lot.

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Rooftop Cinema officially opens The Drive-In off Navigation

Joey Guerra January 8, 2021Updated: January 8, 2021, 11:29 am

 

The Drive-In off Navigation is ready for its close-up.

Rooftop Cinema Club's newest venture has its grand opening Jan. 21 at 2300 Runnels with what is being billed as the largest screen in the city at 64 feet. It replaces the recently closed Drive-In at Sawyer Yards.

Screenings kick off with the 1993 blockbuster "Jurassic Park" (early) and "Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy" (late). The venue can hold up to 200 cars, all spaced  teen feet apart in accordance with social distancing. Concessions will be available from Kurbside Eatz and Sizzles HTX. Masks will be required to go to the restroom, pick up concessions or anytime you're outside a vehicle.

The grand opening follows last month’s soft opening, which included several screenings of "Elf."

The venue will be open Wednesday-Sunday, with two screenings per night. Tickets are $22–36 per vehicle, depending on vehicle occupancy and day, and are on sale now. Children ages three and younger will not count as vehicle occupants.

January schedule

Jan. 21: "Jurassic Park" (7:30 p.m.) and "Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy" (10:30 p.m.)

Jan. 22: "Up" (7:30 p.m.) and "Friday" (10 p.m.)

Jan. 23: "The Little Mermaid," (6:15 p.m.) "Dazed and Confused" (8:30 p.m.) and "Nightmare on Elm Street" (original, 11:15 p.m.)

Jan. 24: "Sonic the Hedgehog" (6:15 p.m.) and "Love Jones" (9 p.m.)

Jan. 27: "Back to the Future" (7:30 p.m.) and "BlacKkKlansman" (community screening, 10:15 p.m.)

Jan. 28: "Grease" (7:30 p.m.) and "Fight Club" (10:30 p.m.)

Jan. 29: "Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle" (7:30 p.m.) and "The Wood" (10:30 p.m.)

Jan. 30: "Finding Nemo" (6:30 p.m.) and "The Breakfast Club" (9:15 p.m.)
 
Jan. 31: "Coco" (6:30 p.m.) and "Pulp Fiction" (9:15 p.m.)

https://preview.houstonchronicle.com/movies-tv/rooftop-cinema-officially-opens-the-drive-in-off-15855464

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Looks good! There is also a sort of shop looking thing (maybe where the food trucks will go?) in the back corner of the lot, closer to the existing structure. I saw them putting it together last night. I'll try and grab a picture.

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Would be really cool if Houston could build something similar to San Antonio's Pearl District somewhere on the East End. Seems like the perfect vibe for it. Feels like we don't really have any grand farmer market type areas established and San Antonio's is absolutely massive with many tents and offerings. 

At first this project kind of reminded me of it but I am not so sure anymore.

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My first thought for a Pearl a la Houston would be the coffee plant, but honestly it might not be big enough. Surely these large industrial users in the East End will start to fall and someone will go big. 

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On 1/23/2021 at 3:05 AM, wilcal said:

My first thought for a Pearl a la Houston would be the coffee plant, but honestly it might not be big enough. Surely these large industrial users in the East End will start to fall and someone will go big. 

When thinking of the Pearl in San Antonio I think the best location for recreating that historical setting would be Imperial in Sugar Land. You definitely lose the proximity to downtown but just a couple of cents to throw in the pile.

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1 hour ago, EastEndHeritage said:

What happened with the drive-in theater? Last time I checked, their website announced all screening have been postponed. .

I have two main suspicions:

1. Tech issues (I have seen them running what is clearly AV tests recently)

2. Parking issues.

 

Regarding 2: the lot there is very soft. They only brought in a few trucks of rocks to pave it. I suspect this creates a giant mud pit after it rains. I suspect this is the primary reason for the closure as I have seen a few 18 wheelers dropping off materials recently.

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Good to know the time table on this, we need more of these predominately market-rate housing and premium office and retail developments to come online in this area soon, to help offset all of the affordable housing planned. 

It is nice to see a developer in tune with the history of the area and going out of their way to emphasize not only reuse of existing buildings but using materials that are consistent with existing building styles.

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15 minutes ago, cjmalek said:

Between this and East River, this area is going to be dense, urban, and very inviting to people outside of Houston. Especially with downtown continuing to grow and develop. Amazing.

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