Now a source says that the Austin-based theaters plan to open a new central Houston location in the Sculpturworx compound. The 78,175-square-foot former studio of artist David Adickes (the man behind the giant president heads) was sold to Bartlett Lofts developers Phil Arnett and Chap Chapman in 2010, according to Swamplot, with plans for artists' studios as well as significant commercial space.
Will that space include the Alamo?
Reps for Alamo Drafthouse wouldn't confirm, deny or comment at all on a Sculpturworx move. This isn't the first time there's been talk about the theater heading inside the Loop. Last year a Facebook campaign encouraged Alamo to take up in the Alabama Theater, soon to be home to Houston's first Trader Joe's.
The Summer Street location seems like an odd choice for a movie theater, with the blocks of industrial buildings in the area. But it is a large space with plenty of parking that is close to both Washington Avenue and the new shopping center on Sawyer. It could also set up some competition with the Robert Redford-backed Sundance Cinemas that's moving into Bayou Place in the old Angelika spot.
Are you hopeful for an inner Loop Drafthouse, or do you make the drive to the westside locations? Which would you look forward to more, Alamo Drafthouse at Sculpturworx or Sundance?