It just isn’t Halloween if you aren’t indulging in some scary cinema. Whether you enjoy horror movies, action films or Oscar-worthy dramas, the Fall is the best time to get your popcorn and head to the movies. Houston has some exciting new options to offer; and one of them come with a view.
The Rooftop Cinema Club at BLVD Place
1700 Post Oak blvd
Head to the Galleria and you’ll find the most exciting new movie spot in town at the Rooftop Cinema Club. This place isn’t so much a theatre as it is an outdoor experience. Guests can get tickets starting October 3. Every night in the month of October will feature fan favorite movies like the Goonies, Dazed and Confused, and The Black Panther. LGBTQ visitors might be interested in favorites like Steel Magnolias, The Birdcage or The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas. Wireless headphones are provided to moviegoers and the show starts around sunset. Get tickets fast though! Steel Magnolias is already sold out!
The Old River Oaks Theatre
2009 West Gray
It is one of the last remaining old movie houses (showing movies) in Houston. The three screens in the River Oaks Theatre have withstood the test of time and resisted the wrecking ball thanks to the help of historical preservationists. Known mostly for showing smaller, independent films, you can enjoy a movie as well as the art deco architecture that Houston is known for. Periodically you can catch a midnight screening of Rocky Horror Picture Show too. Don’t forget to dress up. Go early and get a cocktail upstairs.
4444 Westheimer Rd.
On the luxury end of the movie going spectrum is the extravagant iPic Theater. If you’re willing to drop around $28 a seat (before popcorn) you and a friend can get a little closer in one of the private-ish loveseats, complete with blankets and waitstaff. The film selections are your typical new releases and there are cheaper seats available as an option. However, the liquor and food, provided by The Tuck Room is all premium. This isn’t your typical cheap Netflix and chill night.
Alamo Draft House/Studio Movie Grill
2707 Commercial Center Blvd.
Think iPic but with less comfy chairs, beer and bar food. The Alamo is known for the quirky experience it offers to guests. The theatre is decorated with old movie posters and the movie trailers explaining the rules of the theatre are almost a show in and of themselves. This is a place that focuses on an experience that is slightly upgraded but still centered on film watching. It is also a great place to go if you like your movies with a side of nostalgia.
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
1001 Bissonnet Dr.
It is probably one of the best kept cinema secrets in Houston, but the Museum of Fine Arts presents one of the most diverse and entertaining film experiences in the state. Ranging from throwback Houston-centric films like Reality Bites; to foreign titles from around the world. You will always be able to see something new and original at the MFAH. The Museum also is host to several film festivals including the Houston LGBTQ film festival that takes please earlier in the summer.
Of course there are always the AMC theatres and giant Palladiums that show up to 45 movies at a time, but if you want something authentic then you’re lucky enough to live in a place that can deliver. If you’re going to go out to the movies you might as well make the experience unique.