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Rooftop Cinema Club Finds Another Spot to Park Its Drive-In Theater

The new location’s bringing big “25 Days of Christmas” energy with its December movie lineup.

By Catherine Wendlandt December 3, 2020

It might be a little chilly, folks, but roll down your windows and tune in your radios because Rooftop Cinema Club has found a new spot for its Houston drive-in theater. 

Last month, the cinema club announced that November would be the theater’s last at Sawyer Yards. The Drive-In at Sawyer Yards, which was Rooftop Cinema’s first U.S. drive-in location, cruised into town in May, just as nostalgic drive-in theaters were exploding across the country as a safe outlet for pandemic-weary folks struggling with the isolation of social distancing. 

The car-centric theater, rebranded as The Drive-In at EaDo, has now moved to East Downtown at 2300 Runnels St, the former location of drive-in pop-up Space City Shows. Besides the massive screen (a 20-by-40-foot screen supported by three shipping containers), Houstonians will get a great view of downtown in the background.

"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,” Rooftop Cinema Club founder/owner Gerry Cottle said in a statement. “We look forward to bringing more Love, Peace & Great Film to Houstonians in this much-needed time."

Unfortunately, this spells the end for Space City Shows, which opened in September to much acclaim as the city’s first Black-owned drive-in theater. It’s unknown if Khairi Sharif, the theater pop-up’s founder, will re-open the Space City Shows somewhere else. For now, it’s hitting the end of its road on December 4.

“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,” Sharif said in a statement. “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.” 

The Drive-In at EaDo’s soft launch will feature modern holiday classic Love Actually at 8:30 p.m. Saturday, December 5. But, Rooftop Cinema Club’s keeping the soft launch prices all December long. Plus, the drive-in will feature a "community showing" every Sunday this month. Tickets per car for the second movie of the evening will be $5, and all proceeds will go the Houston Food Bank. There will also be donation boxes placed around the site for guests to drop off food items. Learn more about what you can donate here.

Social distancing protocols will be in place at this new location: Cars will be parked 10 feet apart, masks are required if you leave your car for any reason, and purchasing onsite concessions (from food trucks like The Burger Joint and El Patio) will be contactless.

December tickets range $18–24 Monday–Thursday and $22–27 Friday–Sunday, depending on carload. Rooftop Cinema Club’s Drive-In at EaDo, 2300 Runnels St. More information at rooftopcinemaclub.com.

The Drive-In at EaDo December Schedule

Dec 5:

Love Actually

Dec 6:

Home Alone

Last Holiday

Dec 7:

The Wiz

Die Hard

Dec 8:


National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation

Dec 10:

The Nightmare Before Christmas

Home Alone

Dec 11:

The Polar Express

Friday After Next

Dec 12:

How the Grinch Stole Christmas

National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation

Dec 13:

A Christmas Story

Bridget Jones’s Diary

Dec 14:

Home Alone

The Best Man Holiday

Dec 15:


Love Actually

Dec 16:

The Grinch

Die Hard

Dec 17:

The Nightmare Before Christmas

Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas

Dec 18:

Home Alone

Home Alone 2: Lost in New York

Dec 19:

The Polar Express

The Holiday

Dec 20:

It's a Wonderful Life

The Night Before

Dec 21–23:



Dec 26:

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

Dec 27:

Happy Feet

Dumb and Dumber

Dec 28:



Dec 29:

Spider-Man: Far from Home

Guardians of the Galaxy

Dec 30:


Jurassic Park 

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