Next on the Bulldoze List: River Oaks Shopping Center and the Landmark River Oaks Theater


An article in Saturday’s Chronicle reported that two buildings of the River Oaks Shopping center could be torn down to be replaced by (yet another) high rise condo and multistory Barnes & Noble. Although Weingarten Realty, the company that manages the shopping center, refused to comment, the demolition plans were confirmed by tenants of the River Oaks Shopping Center.

Which buildings are on the bulldoze list?

1. The River Oaks Shopping Center building at the northeast corner of Shepherd and West Gray, where Three Brothers Bakery is. This will be the location of the multi-story Barnes & Noble.

2. The Landmark River Oaks Theater, Houston’s oldest functioning movie theater (opened in 1939), and one of the few places to watch foreign & indepdendent films in the city. A place near and dear to my heart.

There’s also some concern that Barnes & Noble will close the Bookstop in the West Alabama Shopping Center. According to the Chronicle, “In 1989, Bookstop won national attention for its creative preservation of the Alabama movie theater, built in 1939. Nine years later, Barnes & Noble bought the Bookstop chain.”

Our friends at Houstonist have started a petition – Sign if you want to preserve these historical Houston landmarks!!!!

2 Comments so far

  1. sarah (unregistered) on July 24th, 2006 @ 6:59 pm

    I just finished reading the article in the Chronicle about this & came here to check if anyone had mentioned it yet (because if no one had, I was certainly going to).

    The whole thing is really disturbing and sad…

  2. katya (unregistered) on July 25th, 2006 @ 8:36 am

    Oh man… I just can’t believe that. Thanks for posting about this and linking us to the petition as well. That’s all we freaking need…. another high rise living complex and another freaking mega-chain bookstore. It would be devastating to lose the cinema (plus Brothers and the closes Jamba Juice to my house – oy!).

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