Some managers at Downtown’s Angelika Film Center who showed up for work Sunday morning didn’t know any better than customers showing up for the Sunday morning matinees of Eat Pray Love and Farewell that the indie theater had been shuttered overnight. “After 13 years of continued service to the Houston community,” read a note posted on an empty ticket-booth window and papered-over front doors, “the Angelika’s lease has been terminated by the Angelika’s landlord, Bayou Place Limited Partnership, an affiliate of the Cordish Company.” But Cordish officials weren’t even returning phone calls from the Chronicle. Anyone want to tell us what really happened?
Outside the Smith St. box office yesterday, former and current employees — along with folks just showing up to see a movie — tried to piece it all together, but no one had a complete explanation for why the 8-screen theater went dark so suddenly. The Angelika, which originally featured a cafe and bar in the lobby, was part of the first phase of the Bayou Place redevelopment that opened in the long-empty Albert Thomas Convention Center in 1997. The cafe and bar have been closed for a couple of years. Angelika theaters in New York, Dallas, and Plano remain open.
- Curtain falls on Angelika theater [Houston Chronicle]
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