AstroWorld files lawsuit over parking spaces

Posted Sunday, May 8, 2005 11:43 PM | Contributed by Jophish

Saying its existence as an entertainment destination was in jeopardy, AstroWorld filed a lawsuit against the Harris County Sports and Convention Corporation on Friday, claiming the agency has wrongfully snagged the theme park's parking spots.

Read more from The Houston Chronicle.

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Monday, May 9, 2005 1:24 AM
Thank god, maybe they can do something about that. Last summer I was waiting for about 45 minutes barely moving to get in to the parking lot. Then I said "screw this" and I left to go to SFOT. I fu%&*ing hate Houston..........
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Monday, May 9, 2005 9:42 AM
Sounds like this is what happens when you "lease" parking space rather than take care of it yourself.
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Monday, May 9, 2005 12:15 PM
It's nothing AW did. The park and Astrodome were built by the same man.

A wealthy judge!

They shared parking lots. When the park went up for sale, the parking lot did not. The new owner of the lot, and the Dome, the county, would only lease the spots. AW could do nothing for land for a new lot, as the park is land locked.

The problem was when built by the judge, there was never thought to what if I sell this Dome and Park to 2 different people.

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Monday, May 9, 2005 1:23 PM
I assume this is the parking lot that connects to the bridge. From what I can remember of the area, I didn't see any other areas for parking except that lot. We stayed at a hotel right across from the park, so that wasn't a problem for us. I doubt the car dealership or western wear store would want to move either (which are to the right of Texas Cyclone). By the way, it wasn't Judge Roy (of Judge Roy Scream fame) was it?
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Monday, May 9, 2005 1:50 PM
The parking lot is indeed the one across the bridge. To bad Ol' Roy did not buy more land, but he didn't. Of course, back then there was nothing around the park, so if more land was ever needed it could just be bought. WEll in theory it was a good plan.

That hotel you stayed in was built by him too. Later he had another floor added on for him and used the park decorator/designer to design his top floor.I arrainged a tour last year for our local board group. The judges even owned Ringling circus at one point. On his top floor, he has a jungle room, a circus room, a puppet room, and many other odd themed suites.

I dont know why I never made the Judge Roy Scream connection but I bet it name after him.

Since 1968, Astroworld remains the premier Gulf Coast amusement park and one of Houston's top attractions. Developed by local philanthropist and former Houston mayor Judge Roy Hofheinz to compliment The Astrodome, this amusement park has brought thrills and good times to several generations of Houstonians.

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Monday, May 9, 2005 2:39 PM
Note to self...If I ever buy an amusement park, make sure there is enough land for parking.
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Monday, May 9, 2005 8:19 PM
I kinda doubt Judge Roy Scream was named after Hofheinz, there wasn't any Six Flags/Astroworld connection until well after he was basically out of the picture. Why name a Dallas ride after a Houston mogul?

Anyway, when the park was built there was nothing out here and not much more when Six Flags began operating the place in the 70s. In the last twenty years however the city has claimed emminent domain and seized all available land around the park, and they control the Reliant center parking as well (and keep raising the prices). Astroworld's only option at this point is to build a parking garage on the car dealership lot if they can't come to terms with the city parking, but obviously they want to avoid such expensive construction.

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Monday, May 9, 2005 8:37 PM
I've always assumed that Judge Roy Scream was a play on Judge Roy Bean the notorious and legendary "Law West Of The Pecos". Bean was known for his hanging ways and his fondness for the singer Lily Langtree.
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Monday, May 9, 2005 10:41 PM
I wish I still had my Texas guide. They have a barbwire museum for crying outloud.
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Tuesday, May 10, 2005 12:01 AM
Actually, Six Flags bought AstroWorld in 1975. Judge Roy Scream was built in 1980, and I know I've read somewhere that it was named after 'the famous judge in Huston TX who once owned Astroworld', so there is a possibility, though I'd venture to say the Judge Roy Bean seems more feasable.
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Wednesday, May 11, 2005 12:25 PM
I remember a sign about the coaster at a nearby rest stop saying it was named after Judge Roy Bean, and considering the Six Flags description

JUDGE ROY SCREAM
The "awe" west of the Pecos, this classic wooden roller coaster sprawls over an eight-acre site along the park's entry lake. Speeding along at 50 mph, it has a personality all its own. (must be at least 42" tall to ride)

"awe west of the Pecos" sounds a lot like "Law West of the Pecos". I don't think it's even a question.


*** This post was edited by Blaster_1578 5/11/2005 12:27:26 PM ***

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Saturday, May 14, 2005 6:01 PM
"Since 1968, Astroworld remains the premier Gulf Coast amusement park and one of Houston's top attractions. Developed by local philanthropist and former Houston mayor Judge Roy Hofheinz to compliment The Astrodome, this amusement park has brought thrills and good times to several generations of Houstonians. "

Haha, I actually wrote that text for the sixflagshouston.com site.

Anyway, Judge Roy Scream was named after Judge Roy Bean. It has nothing to do with Judge Roy Hofheinz, a decidedly non-hanging judge from Houston. Sure, he's part of Texas history and marginally interesting in his own right, but he's not the tall tale legend one names rollercoasters after (he did get a mountain in Astroworld named after him, but then again he built the place).

Hofheinz had nothing to do with Six Flags Over Texas except he hired some of the people who built it to help him build his park; and by the time Astroworld became a Six Flags Hofheinz no longer had a stake in the place. If Judge Roy Scream was at Astroworld, well maybe a connection could be drawn, but there's really nothing base a tribute to the guy over in Arlington.

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