Sundance Strikes Deal To Take Over Angelika's Old Space At Bayou Place

Downtown Houston is one big step closer to having another venue for art and independent films. Sundance Cinemas has worked out a deal to take over the space that housed the Angelika Film Center. And, as David Pitman reports, Sundance will spend the next several months getting it in shape for a fall opening.

Opening day for Sundance at Bayou Place is set for November 1st, after a gut renovation.  Everything about the 36,000 square foot theatre complex will look and feel different from the Angelika, which abruptly shut down last year after a dispute with the property manager.  Nancy Gribler is Vice President for Marketing with Sundance.  She says one of the biggest changes will be reserved seating for all eight screens.

"You can go online and can actually pick the seat that you want.  You can print your ticket at home.  You can either come early and have a drink and just saunter in the theater and sit down at your seat.  Or you can get there right at show time."

Another perk will be free parking for theater patrons.   Sundance will also provide expanded food and drink options, including alcohol.  This is Sundance's first outlet in Texas.  It has theaters in San Francisco and Madison, Wisconsin.  The company signed a 10-year lease with The Cordish Companies.  The cost of the $2 million renovation will be split between Sundance, Cordish, and the Downtown Redevelopment Authority, which uses some property tax money to re-invest in the area.

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