Interior demolition work began Friday at three buildings in downtown Houston as part of a renovation of the Melba Theatre, which was constructed in 1938.

Members of Downtown Houston Inc. met last week to discuss that project, items related to the recently completed Lone Star Plaza annex and the nearby farmers market at the Lone Star Plaza.

Phase I of the Melba renovations will include some removal of some ceilings, tile, plumbing and other items that won’t be required for the renovation. That work is expected to be completed in about a week.

Melba project

Work began Friday at three sites in downtown Houston as part of a major project to renovate the Melba Theatre. Built in 1938, the theatre has been idle since the early 1980s. 

The project is privately financed through donations and participation in the Missouri Neighborhood Assistance Program. Seats also can be purchased that feature a brass plaque commemorating the donor.

In other matters, the group:

—Heard a report of the recent installation and operation of a walk-in cooler and fast freezer, which is for use of the farmers market vendors at the nearby plaza. Funding came from USDA Rural Development.

—Learned that round tables and chairs have been ordered for the community room. The group thanked Healthy Schools Healthy Communities for its contribution. The community room is available for rental, as is the community kitchen, where several classes are already scheduled.

—Discussed several initiatives under way to assist vendors at the nearby farmers market. It was noted a second market has located on U.S. 63 and is not associated with the downtown efforts.

Learn more about the Melba Theatre project at

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