The long-discussed renovation of the Fifth Ward’s long-vacant DeLuxe Theatre on Lyons Ave. is a little closer to actually happening since yesterday’s city council approval of a contract with Smith & Company Architects for its part of the $6.8 million project.
Drawings have not been released, but the Fifth Ward Community Redevelopment Corporation’s website for the theater says that the building’s south facade will be restored to its original appearance. The movie theater was built in 1941, but reopened in 1971 as an art gallery. The 15,000-sq.-ft. shell has been empty for more than 30 years. And now the innards will be reimagined:
The DeLuxe will once again shine — restored as a “performing arts” themed branch of the Houston Public Library and a black box theater . . . The building will serve a dual purpose – to bring important theater productions to the community through partnerships with various Houston theater companies and to serve as an educational venue for children of all ages.
The full-service Houston Public Library branch will provide all of the services associated with the Houston Public Library system including electronic and on-site book collections, librarian services, individual study and research areas, and current research materials. It will also be home to a one-of-the-kind zydeco archive, which will pay tribute to zydeco’s rich tradition and history in the Fifth Ward. . . . The library and the theater will work in concert to highlight authors, playwrights, musicians, artists and cultural events of interest to the community.
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