A swarm of cars and trucks surrounds three massive screens at the Stars & Stripes Drive-In Theatre, lighting up the open country sky with action, comedy, and science-fiction flicks. Double features of recently released talkies run back-to-back and start at approximately 7 p.m. and 9 p.m., depending on film lengths. Bring along a blind date or curious cartographer to explore the twisting terrain of a free 6-inch hot funnel cake or the concession stand’s menu of ’50s-inspired American fare before cuddling up in the front seat of your private film-viewing room. The drive-in’s playground gives mini movie marauders a place to climb, slide, and polish conspiracy-thriller scripts. Stars & Stripes features films rain or shine, but will reimburse moviegoers with a rain-check ticket if inclement weather impedes sight of the screen.
Since its origins as a converted parking garage, Alamo Drafthouse Cinema has ushered film-lovers of all breeds into its auditoriums, even gaining a following among Hollywood legends; Quentin Tarantino has been known to host five-day movie marathons at Alamo. The theater has earned that reputation by making moviegoing a personal experience, from the menu of handcrafted snacks and locally brewed beer to the completely ad-free presentations before shows. Alamo?s ninja servers pick up written food and drink orders throughout the movie and serve moviegoers directly at their seat. The staff enforces a strict no-talking, no-texting policy by kicking out any offenders, falling just short of yanking them from their seats with a giant's shepherd's crook.
Both first-run blockbusters and classics are projected onto Alamo's silver screens in crisp 35-millimeter or digital format. Meanwhile, surround speakers immerse audiences in the cinematic soundscape, whether they're seated in one of the expansive theaters afforded to blockbuster reels or the more intimate spaces reserved for indie films wound around tiny bobbins. Despite Alamo's vow of silence, fan-centric Quote-Along and Sing-Along nights encourage guests to shout their favorite lines, and actors, directors, and other celebrities often attend special screenings to lead in-depth discussions. These exclusive events have led to acclaim for Alamo from publications such as Entertainment Weekly, which called it ?one of America's most fanatically unique moviegoing experiences,? and Wired, which opined that it "might just be the coolest movie theater in the world."
Three years after founding Louise Hopkins Underwood Center for the Arts in 1997, Louise Hopkins Underwood’s operation finally found a permanent home in the city's vacated Fire Department Administration Building. These days, her vision for a thriving contemporary-arts community has grown into a four-block campus with nine buildings spread across 64,000 square feet. The LHUCA team repurposed those structures—warehouses and former municipal buildings among them—into arts spaces that include an exhibition hall and four galleries whose nearly 5,000 square feet display local, national, and international artists. The renovated Icehouse accommodates rehearsals and performances of dance, music, and performance art, and the 159-seat Firehouse Theatre's 5.1-surround-sound mix brings films to life more effectively than hiring Dr. Frankenstein as a projectionist. Along with showcasing the work of prominent figures, the center's teachers nurture up-and-coming artists with classes in disciplines such as oil painting, bagpiping, and creative writing.
Lauded in a review by Frommer’s, Science Spectrum Museum educates youngsters on myriad scientific subjects—from technology to animals to outer space—with more than 250 exhibits and a scholastic slate of visually appealing movies. Teensy scientists and their parental counterparts can soak up cleverly communicated knowledge while learning about the biology of the Brazos River, the science of sports, the elements of flight, and the physics of Einstein's half-court slam dunks during his days playing for the Celtics.
Premiere Westgate Mall Cinema 6's silver screens flicker with the moving images of recent-run movies as their viewers' arms are stuffed with favorite showtime snacks and drinks. Patrons step up to concession stand to scoop up bags of hot, buttery popcorn and boxes of candies, which can be shared among friends or awarded to neighboring children based on their knowledge of Ingvar Bergman characters. Bubbly sodas lend their sweetness to long sitting sessions, along with wetting tongues to scream out the plot's ending to fellow viewers. This Groupon is also valid for special-engagement showings of independent films. View the schedule for upcoming showtimes.