Culinary Khancepts, an affiliate of Star Cinema Grill, announced today that construction will soon commence on Houston’s historic River Oaks Theatre. The locally owned hospitality group took over the lease last year, and the highly anticipated refresh is expected to be complete by the end of 2023.
Culinary Khancepts is giving the space a full facelift, while still paying homage to the origins of the theatre. River Oaks Theatre will get a full kitchen featuring a unique in-theatre dining experience along with a carefully curated wine and cocktail menu.
“We are honored to bring back one of Houston’s most iconic entertainment venues,” said Omar Khan, president and CEO of River Oaks Theatre. “The River Oaks Theatre will not only offer the best of art house films but will also bring live performances to the venue for theatre arts enthusiasts to enjoy. We felt as Houston’s only owned and operated cinema companies that it was our duty to save this masterpiece. We look forward to serving our community with the best-in-class cinema experiences. The last year was spent working through design, city approvals, historical preservation, landlord coordination of building improvements, including a new roof and prepping the theatre for a sprinkler system.”
With the launch of construction, and to support historic buildings, River Oaks Theatre will donate the existing seats to Friends of River Oaks Theatre. The group will handle the sale of the cinema seats so the community can own a piece of its history.
Seats are available now for presale at www.friendsofriveroakstheatre.org.