Bayou Place is a 130,000 square foot entertainment complex that houses multiple theaters, bars, and restaurants located in Downtown Houston, Texas, United States. The complex was the former Albert Thomas convention center located in the Houston Theater District at 500 Texas Street (originally built in the late 1960s).
The convention center was made obsolete with the opening in 1987 of the much larger George R. Brown Convention Center on the eastern edge of downtown. After years of discussion (which included possibly turning the building into offices, or demolishing it altogether), Maryland-based developer David Cordish entered into an agreement with the city of Houston in 1991 to redevelop the site. After a few more years of discussions, delays, and construction, it was reopened to the public as an entertainment complex December 31 (New Year's Eve), 1997. At one time the complex had a scheduled completion date in the year 1996.
Dining and Entertainment
The Following are located within the complex:
- The Hard Rock Cafe is a popular global chain that offers meals with an atmosphere surrounded by plenty of Rock and Roll memorabilia.
- The Blue Fish, a seafood restaurant
- Bayou Music Center, formerly the Verizon Wireless Theater – The theater is very versatile and can be arranged in a variety of seating configurations: Theater style with rows of chairs (capacity 2400); cabaret style with cocktail tables for four (capacity 1930); general admission - standing (capacity 2,815); banquet style with 72' round tables of 10 (capacity 750). A four-tiered riser system on the main floor creates an intimate cabaret/dinner theater feel. The permanent 56' x 40' stage is equipped with ample sound and light. Two 8' x 10' video screens are suspended above the stage. Check the Website for upcoming concert schedules.
- Samba Grille is an upscale Brazilan Steakhouse with a full lounge area for drinks.
- Sundance Cinemas, the exhibition arm of Robert Redford's Sundance Institute, will open in Bayou Place in early November 2011. The theater will feature specialized film programming and will also present features from film festivals and from general release. In March 2011, Cordish signed a 10-year lease with Sundance. The 36,000 square feet (3,300 m2) space will receive a $2.25 million remodeling. It will open to the public on November 23, 2011. On November 21 and 22, four pre-opening benefit events will be held by the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, the Houston Cinema Society, the Montrose Counseling Center, and the Galveston Bay Foundation.
- Live! at Bayou Place – club venues on the second level that include PBR Houston, Lucie's Liquors, Shark Bar, and Chapel Spirits.
- BAR Houston (2000–2005), Have A Nice Day Cafe (2000–03), Whiskey Creek (2004), Slick Willie's Pool Hall (1999–2010), and Rocbar (2006–2009) leased the upper section of Bayou Place prior to the opening of Live! at Bayou Place.
- In 2011, 18,000 square feet (1,700 m2) of space was being refurbished to house four new nightclubs.
- Houston Theater District retrieved March 18, 2007.
- Central Houston
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