Trader Joe's opened stores in Houston. So, what's so important about this Trader Joe's? It may be the only Trader Joe's located in an old movie theater!
The old Alabama Theater building was originally constructed in the Art Deco and Streamline Moderne styles as a suburban theater. The 739 seat theater opened on November 2, 1939 screening Man About Town starring Jack Benny.
The theater was closed in 1983 and was renovated as a retail bookstore.
After the bookstore closed, the building remained empty for several years.
Trader Joe's maintained some of the art deco features. Take offs of movie posters are painted on the walls.
Singing in the Grain
The Wizard of O's
All Roads Lead to Trader Joe's
Houston, Problem Resolved
Trader Joe's Opening Celebration
The Best Little Storehouse in Texas
I spent more time looking at the posters on the walls than I did the food in the store.
I did come home with a small orchid.
When the crowds have thinned out, I'll go back and take more shots of the posters I missed
and do some shopping!
I think Trader Joe's did a fun job of maintaining some of the movie history of the building.