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Former Alabama Theater, 2922 South Shepherd Dr., Houston

Alabama Thr/Houston TX

From our friends at “Before the Curtain Rises”:  One of the last standing Interstate theatres in Houston is slated to be gutted of all its theatre trappings to make way for a new retailer. One more death of a community icon that enriched our cultural life– for one more franchise chain. Sad that this is what we call progress today.

http://swamplot.com/weingarten-plans-an-alabama-theater-demolition-is-staples-moving-in/2010-03-23/ 

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  1. HowardBHaas

    Gutting the gorgeous, historic Art Deco interior would be terrible! Don’t Texans care about it? If this is Staples fault, we should all boycot Staples or at least chose other retailers as much as possible.

  2. HowardBHaas

    Gutting the gorgeous, historic Art Deco interior would be terrible! Don’t Texans care about it? If this is Staples fault, we should all boycot Staples or at least chose other retailers as much as possible.

  3. Gary Parks

    I see no reason why the interior should be gutted. When this theatre was converted to a bookstore in the early 1980s, much of the interior was preserved, and it got a glowing review, with photos in–I believe it was–Architectural Record magazine! I seem to recall they even replicated the original carpet pattern for the aisles between the stacks and tables. Why a Staples store feels the need to replace the interior with what I assume will be the typical generic warehouse look (rafters, ductwork, and glaring downlights that look like Saturn V rocket engines… gotta’ love ‘em!), is beyond my comprehension. The Industrial Look in architecture needs to be relegated back to where it belongs–factories, not retail stores.

  4. Gary Parks

    I see no reason why the interior should be gutted. When this theatre was converted to a bookstore in the early 1980s, much of the interior was preserved, and it got a glowing review, with photos in–I believe it was–Architectural Record magazine! I seem to recall they even replicated the original carpet pattern for the aisles between the stacks and tables. Why a Staples store feels the need to replace the interior with what I assume will be the typical generic warehouse look (rafters, ductwork, and glaring downlights that look like Saturn V rocket engines… gotta’ love ‘em!), is beyond my comprehension. The Industrial Look in architecture needs to be relegated back to where it belongs–factories, not retail stores.

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