Rooftop Cinema Club’s new drive-in theater rolls into Houston’s EaDo district with holiday movie lineup

‘Tis the season to motor to the movies

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Need a family night out and a semblance of normalcy in a period of social distancing? Enjoy a blast from the past well-suited for present circumstances -- the old-fashioned drive-in theater -- at Rooftop Cinema Club’s new Houston location.

The company will preview its new venue, dubbed The Drive-In at EaDo, through the month of December before hosting its grand opening in January, according to a release. As its name implies, the new drive-in movie theater is located in Houston’s East Downtown Management District, commonly referred to as EaDo.

The new venue will open Dec. 5 at 2300 Runnels St.

Rooftop Cinema Club announced last month it was leaving its former drive-in location at Sawyer Yards and played its final film at the location last weekend.

“After searching high and low for a new drive-in home, we are thrilled to have landed at such a beautiful location where we can take the best of our Sawyer Yards venue and build upon it,” said Gerry Cottle, owner and founder of Rooftop Cinema Club. “We look forward to bringing more Love, Peace & Great Film to Houstonians in this much-needed time.”

The Drive-In at EaDo replaces Space City Shows, a pop-up drive-in movie experience opened in September. Space city Shows was Houston’s first Black-owned drive-in theater.

“We’ve been so grateful to the community for supporting our pop-up drive-in theater, and I’m grateful to leave what we started in very good hands,” said Space City Shows founder Khairi Sharif. “Rooftop Cinema Club shares a similar passion and purpose for outdoor cinema coupled with a unique experience, and as I work on my next venture, I’m excited to see where they take it.”

During December, as Rooftop Cinema Club transitions into its new space, moviegoers will benefit from “soft launch” pricing.


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