River Oaks Theatre
2009 W. Gray Street,
12 people favorited this theater
Firms: Pettigrew & Worley
Styles: Streamline Moderne
News About This Theater
- Jan 19, 2010 — On its 70th anniversary, former manager shares memories of Houston's River Oaks
- Jul 27, 2009 — River Oaks praised as Houston's best
- Mar 6, 2007 — Small-town theaters added to Texas' Most Endangered List
- Aug 25, 2006 — Houston interstate theaters
- Jul 27, 2006 — Houston Theaters in Danger
The last of the deluxe neighborhood theatres. The was soon taken over by Interstate Theatre Corp., headed by Karl Hoblitzelle & Bob O'Donnell.
The theatre opened on November 28, 1939 with Ginger Rogers in “Batchelor Mother” and was one of a number of deluxe neighborhood theatres built and operated by Interstate. Seating was provided in orchestra and balcony levels. The interior decorations were by Buck Winn.
The building has an excellent location in the upscale River Oaks shopping center. Landmark has done a good job maintaining the property and the River Oaks still shines today.
I just wish they had not triplexed the building. But, at least she’s still open and going strong as one of Houston’s last true movie palaces. Sadly closed on March 25, 2021 due to a failure to come to an agreement on the rent with the landlord.
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