The city of Houston and the Cordish Company are “deep into negotiations” with Sundance Cinemas to take over the former Angelika Theater spot at Bayou Place, Steven Thomson reports. Robert Redford’s Sundance Group has operated 2 Sundance Cinemas since 2007 — an 8-screen complex in San Francisco and a 6-screen multiplex in Madison, Wisconsin. If Sundance does end up taking over the vacant Angelika space at 510 Texas St. and maintains all existing screens, it would tie with the Sundance Kabuki Cinema near Pacific Heights as the largest complex in the small chain. The company appears to have scaled back the aggressive expansion plans it announced 4 years ago, which included new theaters in Chicago and Denver. The Angelika Film Center closed suddenly last summer.
Meanwhile, an 18,000-sq.-ft. upstairs space at Bayou Place — occupied most recently by Rocbar — is currently being renovated to make room for 4 new prefab themed bars, all owned by the same company, and set to open successively beginning at the end of March: PBR, a country-western bar complete with — yes, a mechanical bull; Shark Bar, featuring eighties and nineties music; Lucy’s Liquors, which will have a Caribbean “vibe”; and Chapel Spirits, which according to Thomson has already picked up its own celebrity spokesperson. A fifth unthemed bar will be set up on a new outdoor patio wrapping around the outside of the building. Houston Lounge’s Daniel Maher tells the Chronicle‘s Purva Patel that his company will be “going for volume business,” with no drinks priced higher than $7.
A few weeks from now, a sushi restaurant called The Blue Fish will also be opening in the entertainment center carved out of the former Albert Thomas Convention Center. The Dallas chain, which is not related to Blue Fish House (on Richmond Ave. and Sugar Land and Conroe) also plans to open a second location next to the Benjy’s on Washington Ave. A Brazilian rodizio restaurant called Samba Grill opened in the same complex last year.
- Angelika replacement to open this summer: City in on talks with Robert Redford’s Sundance Cinemas [Culturemap]
- Nightclubs coming to Bayou Place. Maybe a theater? [Prime Property]
- Previously on Swamplot: Angelika Theater Update: Who’s on Deck?, Bad Breakup at Bayou Place: Behind the Scenes of the Angelika Drama, Downtown Shutdown: Angelika Film Center Goes Noir
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