2009 West Gray at Shepherd
INFO: 3 Screens DLP Digital Projection and Sound. Built in 1939. Operated by Landmark since 1976. Located in the upscale River Oaks Shopping Center at the corner of West Gray and Shepherd, the River Oaks is one of Houston's last true movie palaces, having kept its beautifully ornate Art Deco interior since it opened its doors in November, 1939, with the film Bachelor Mother starring David Niven and Ginger Rogers. The Houston Post described the theatre as “. . .thoroughly modern in every respect. Quiet dignity rather than garish display is reflected in the color scheme and appointments of the interior.” At its inception, the theatre was operated by the Interstate Theatre chain, run by Karl Hoblitzelle, who once said, “the entertainment industry, more than any other business, is built upon good relations with the public.” That policy still exists today as the management team of the River Oaks works very closely with many community groups in marketing independent and foreign language films.
The River Oaks has boasted many world premiere engagements and features an eclectic mix of Friday and Saturday midnight shows.
Visit the River Oaks for Houston's best independent film and foreign language cinema and cap the evening by visiting La Griglia or any of the other award-winning international restaurants surrounding the theatre.
PARKING: Available around the theatre and across the street in a parking garage behind Talbot's. The garage is free for the enitre shopping center.
Best Movie Theatre (2013, 2009, 2008, 2003) - Houston Press
Best Film Series - Midnight Screenings (2010) - Houston Press
20 Cool Things About Houston (2006) - Houston Chronicle
River Oaks Theatre Day Official Proclamation (November 6, 2006) - Mayor Bill White
Best Movie Theatre (2001) - Inside Houston
AWARD for the Preservation of a Landmark Facility as a Unique and Special Venue for Art, Vintage and Independently Produced Films (2001) - Museum District Business Alliance
River Oaks Theatre Day Official Proclamation (March 26, 2000) - Mayor Lee Brown