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Marfreless?! Is that the name of that anonymous place under the stairwell? Christ, I thought it was called something else.

What is the first movie you ever saw at River Oaks?

very metal

yep, that's the bar under the stairs. it's pretty much been marfreless as long as i can remember. lemme update above, see if i can remember the first movie i ever saw at the river oaks.


Thanks for getting the word out - I just signed and am forwarding around the office. I was told Marfreless was a good place for a first date.


I have seen mention on some other blogs about the possible demise of Marfreless as well.

Thank you so much for getting the word out!

Helen Back

I am so saddened by this news. So many great memories tangled up in that place, most of them with Very Metal. I've signed the petition, and I'm posting a bulletin about this on myspace. Hopefully the shopping center can be saved.

Helen Back

Also, Mark Cuban, owner of the Dallas Mavericks, is also the owner of Landmark Theatres. Since the River Oaks Theatre is a Landmark Theatre, it couldn't hurt to get him involved as crazy as that might sound. Send him a message via his blog blogmaverick.com or/and send a note directly to Landmark CustomerService@LandmarkTheatres.com


Besides writing to Weingarten, the mayor, etc. We might want to write Barnes & Noble too. See http://www.barnesandnobleinc.com for info. We can work off the facts that they are proud of their history and the original store is still standing in NYC and their mission includes listening to the communities they serve. And we are being greatly served by them just 1 mile away in the Alabama Theater Bookstop [which we love very much]. See below for lifts from their website regarding history and mission.
The Original Barnes & Noble
Barnes & Noble's beginnings can be traced to 1873, when Charles M. Barnes started a book business from his home in Wheaton, Illinois. In 1917, his son, William, went to New York to join G. Clifford Noble in establishing Barnes & Noble. During the height of the Great Depression, what later became the Barnes & Noble flagship store was opened on Fifth Avenue at 18th Street in New York City, where it still resides today. This store developed a worldwide reputation for excellence by serving millions of customers with its comprehensive selection of general trade books, academic titles and textbooks, and medical books.
Above all, we expect to be a credit to the communities we serve, a valuable resource to our customers, and a place where our dedicated booksellers can grow and prosper. Toward this end we will not only listen to our customers and booksellers but embrace the idea that the Company is at their service.

Thanks for caring and doing!


i remember ing some unbelievably long vim wenders movie there. and all kinds of other stuff.

now i haveta go scan that picture which i have in a frame on my dresser.

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