Celebrate Mother's Day Early with a Movie at Market Square Park

The Alamo Drafthouse Rolling Roadshow is screening Terms of Endearment tonight in the park. Bring a blanket—and a box of Kleenex.

By Katharine Shilcutt May 8, 2015

Whether you and your mom want to celebrate Mother's Day a little differently this year, or you're without Mom for one reason or another and want to be reminded of that unique bond between mother and child, or you're simply a Houston film buff, tonight's screening of Terms of Endearment at Market Square Park is here for you.

Terms of Endearment
May 7 at 8 p.m.
Market Square Park
301 Milam St.

The latest screening from the Alamo Drafthouse's Rolling Roadshow will start at 8 p.m., but you'll want to arrive earlier than that to settle in and find a spot. If you don't feel like bringing a picnic, you can always grab some nosh from Niko Niko's or a slice from Frank's Pizza. What you should bring? A blanket and, obviously, a box of Kleenex.

In case you've somehow managed to miss seeing Terms of Endearment—set and filmed in Houston, adapted from the Larry McMurtry novel and starring Shirley MacLaine as the world's most difficult yet loveable mother—it's a certified tearjerker. My trick for avoiding a total meltdown while watching the movie is to look for Houston landmarks and neighborhoods in the background as everything in Aurora and Emma's lives falls apart. (Spoiler alert?)

In keeping with the theme of "difficult yet loveable parental figures in cult classics," the Rolling Roadshow's next screening will be The Royal Tenenbaums on June 5. That's close enough to Father's Day for us, especially if your father ever intentionally shot you in the hand with a BB gun.

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