Photograph - Fine Art
This is the marquee of the famous 1930's Houston Art Deco, Alabama Theatre, on a rainy night at the beginning of the end of the trail ride and beginning of the Houston Rodeo. It's address is 2922 S. Shepherd Drive, Houston, TX 77098.
The Alabama Theatre is a historic movie theater located at the intersection of Alabama Street and Shepherd Drive in the Upper Kirby district of Houston, Texas. Constructed in 1939, in the Art Deco and Streamline Moderne styles as a suburban theater, the Alabama primarily booked roadshow engagements through most of its history. Today, the theater is home to a Trader Joe's grocery store. It is one of the buildings of the Alabama Shepherd Shopping Center, owned by the same company that owns the historic River Oaks Theatre not far away.
In September 2011 Trader Joe's stated that it was considering opening its first Greater Houston location in the Alabama Theatre. The Texas Historical Commission has informed the Greater Houston Preservation Alliance that Trader Joe's renovation plans for the Alabama Theater would leave the historic terrazzo at the theater’s original entrance intact. In September 2011 the City of Houston's Houston Archaeological and Historical Commission approved the proposed exterior changes that the property would make to the Alabama Theatre. Due to the restoration, the Alabama Shepherd Shopping Center won the 2013 Landmark Award in Historic Preservation from the Houston Business Journal.
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