Let's Go to the Movies

Escape the August Heat at a Local Cinema

Retreat from the relentless heat at one of these cool movie theaters. Plus, what to watch on the silver screen this month.

By Jeanne Lyons Davis August 1, 2016

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River Oaks Landmark Theatre

Since 1939, this neighborhood treasure touts independent movies that rarely get screen time at megaplexes. Besides traditional concession fare and a fully-stocked bar, the art deco landmark brings the charms of yesteryears back to date nights.

What We're Watching: Café Society

Written and directed by Woody Allen, the living legend's newest film boasts an all-star cast including Jesse Eisenberg, Steve Carell, Kristen Stewart and Parker Posey. Set in the 1930s, this romantic comedy follows a young lad's life amongst Hollywood's celebrity set and New York society nightlife, epitomizing the glamour (and grit) of the decade. Rated PG-13.

2009 West Gray St. 713-524-2175. landmarktheatres.com 


Alamo Drafthouse Cinema

For drinks, dinner and a movie, this triple-threat theater is for you. Its two Houston locations don't play pre-show advertisements like other cinemas, and offer a variety of special screenings, like independent films as well as older cult classics.

What We're Watching: Ghostbusters (2016)

This reboot of the '80s favorite stars Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones—read: the funniest women on the planet right now. “Apart from brilliant, genuine performances from the cast both female and male, it has more laughs and more scares than the first two films…” – Dan Aykroyd

Vintage Park; 114 Vintage Park Blvd., 832-559-5959. Mason Park; 531 S. Mason Rd., Katy, 281-492-6900. drafthouse.com/houston  


Sundance Cinemas

Associated with the Sundance Group and the Robert Redford Center that supports new and emerging artists, Houston is home to one of only five Sundance Cinemas in the country. Mixing low-budget films with summer blockbusters, you'll find a movie that fits all tastes and ages on its silver screens.

What We're Watching: Hunt for the Wilderpeople

The hunt is on for 12-year-old Ricky (Julian Dennison) and his foster father Hac (Sam Neil, Jurassic Park) after they get stranded in the New Zealand bush. Sounds like a bummer? Think again, as the film's dramatic themes turn out to be poignant and funny. Rated PG-13.

510 Texas Ave. (713) 223-3456. sundancecinemas.com 

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