The Oklahoman's Steve Lackmeyer and Film Row developer Chip Fudge took questions from readers in today's OKC Central Live Chat. You can join Steve's Q&As on Fridays at 10 a.m. and submit your questions about the happenings in and around downtown Oklahoma City. Read the complete chat transcript here.
When looking at the planned streetcar routes, it didn't appear that Film Row was going to be serviced by it. Do you think this will hinder or help spur development for Film Row?
Chip: The initial streetcar route did involve Film Row. Unfortunately the last iteration left us out. I think it would be a great benefit to have a streetcar in our district. Hopefully whenever a renovation of the Fred Jones plant is done, this issue can be revisited.
How long until you see Film Row development expanding up to Main or down to California?
Chip: I've been trying to acquire buildings on both streets. My biggest disappointment was not acquiring the Main Street Arcade which I think would have been perfect to retrofit. Right now I'm trying to acquire buildings on California Avenue.
What are the highlights of Film Row?
Chip: No. 1 - DeadCENTER Film Festival. And now KOSU. IAO Gallery. The event space at The Exchange. The Paramount.
Steve: I will add that FIlm Row is now hosting a monthly art walk festival called "Art Walk Premiere." Tonight, many of you will be thrilled to learn that food vendors will include the legendary Bobo's. If you've not heard of Bobo's, it is the most popular and happiest way to cut a year or two off your life span.
Chip: We also host the annual Gay Pride Parade, we also hosted a nationally sanctioned bike race in June and we hope to have it return next year.
What's happening development-wise on Film Row right now and what type of development would you be most excited to see on Film Row or nearby?