The River Oaks and Alabama Theaters

River Oaks Theater, 2009 W Gray St, Houston, TX 77019

Alabama Theater, W Alabama St & S Shepherd Dr, Houston, TX 77098

Both theaters are threatened by the Weingarten Realty Investors’ plan to demolish both properties for mid to high-rise residential development.


Interstate Theaters opened the Alabama and River Oaks theaters in 1939. Dallas architect Scott Duane designed the Art Moderne Alabama Theater. The firm of Pettigrew & Worley created the plans for the Art Deco River Oaks Theater. Both theaters remain in good condition with original architectural detailing and fixtures intact. Public outcry that is unprecedented in Houston resulted because of threats to these buildings.