Fate of River Oaks Theatre unresolved as end of lease approaches

Landmark's River Oaks Theatre, shown in 2020 amid the forced closures after the COVID-19 outbreak, may soon close permanently. (Matt Dulin/Community Impact Newspaper)
Landmark's River Oaks Theatre, shown in 2020 amid the forced closures after the COVID-19 outbreak, may soon close permanently. (Matt Dulin/Community Impact Newspaper)

Landmark's River Oaks Theatre, shown in 2020 amid the forced closures after the COVID-19 outbreak, may soon close permanently. (Matt Dulin/Community Impact Newspaper)

Despite a ticket-buying and letter-writing campaign with the help of the Houston Film Critics Society, Landmark's River Oaks Theatre is still facing a potential eviction at the end of the month.

“Landmark Theatres has been incredibly overwhelmed by the outpouring of support for our residency at the River Oaks. The Houston Film Critics Society’s initiative to sell out the opening Saturday of 'The Father' brought pre-pandemic energy back to the River Oaks," said Paul Serwitz, president and COO of Landmark Theatres, in a statement expressing thanks to the film society. "We are so grateful for this gesture."


The theatre’s lease on the 80-year-old property at 2009 W. Gray St, Houston, expires March 31.

“With the help of the media and our HFCS members’ outlets, we put out the call and people responded quickly and decisively,” said Doug Harris, president of the film society. “Many bought tickets, even though they were unable to attend a showing. That’s how committed Houstonians are to keeping this theatre.”

Landmark has owned and operated the theater since 1976.


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