According to the Houston Biz Journal, The Weingarten group has responded in kind to the petitions to preserve the theater (25,288 Houstonians can’t be wrong). A little further down the road, I noticed while driving by that Whole Earth will be expanding, taking over where Cactus used to be. Anyone heard anything more about Cactus coming back to life?

Photo courtesy of Landmark Theaters

4 Comments so far

  1. laanba (unregistered) on April 1st, 2007 @ 2:21 pm

    I think it is dangerous thinking to assume the theater is safe just because it isn’t in the first phase of Weingarten’s construction plans. I have no doubt that after they complete this section they will turn their eyes across the street.

  2. cybertoad (unregistered) on April 2nd, 2007 @ 4:14 pm

    I wholeheartedly agree – the theatre is *not* safe, it is merely not included in the first phase of redevelopment. As has been pointed out – if it had indeed been saved, don’t you think Weingarten Realty would be coming out and saying this? It would be wonderful PR for them. Unfortunately, they haven’t uttered a peep about it.

  3. shawn (unregistered) on April 2nd, 2007 @ 5:14 pm

    I’m not sure what to believe, really. Looking at this press release, it seems one could get there hopes up about the theater being preserved. But I suppose everything is subject to interpretation.

  4. jim (unregistered) on April 3rd, 2007 @ 12:27 am

    Actually, the theater is decidedly not safe — once Weingarten gets around to announcing its plans for the south side of West Gray, it will almost certainly be torn down. Remember, Weingarten CEO Drew Alexander said last year he doesn’t expect the theater will be able to meet the new upscale rents when the center is rebuilt, which is as good as kissing the theater goodbye.

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