Drive-in movie theater to open next summer in Pearland area


PEARLAND, Texas – Moviegoers in southeast Houston are about to get a taste of cinema magic retro-style.

Wellborne Cinema Four plans to open a second Showboat Drive-In Theater location in the Alvin-Pearland area, according to Owner and Operator Andrew Thomas. The Showboat South Drive-In around summer 2017, he said.

The company already operates a drive-in theater in Hockley. Thomas said he is interested in opening two sites. Both will be are close to Highway 6, one near CR 99 and the other about half a mile farther north, he said.

“The great thing about a drive-in is that construction is minimal when compared to an inside venue. We need concession and projection buildings, but the rest is basically moving dirt,” he said.

The drive-in is just the latest of “retro” products making a comeback, he said.

“In 2015, old vinyl records outsold CD’s, digital music and every other form of modern sound medium,” Thomas said. “For parents, the drive-in movie may be nostalgic, but teens and college kids are discovering what a great place it is to go for a date night or to hang out with friends.”

The theater will have four screens, show double features and offer concessions with typical movie theater fare. Moviegoers will also be able to buy meals such as hamburgers and chicken fingers.

“We are about to start having food trucks come to our Hockley location,” said Thomas. “There may be taco trucks or some specialty items that attendees can partake in. We want to offer variety.”

He said food trucks will so be available at the new drive-in theater.