River Oaks Theater
2009 West Gray Street
Houston, Texas 77019
If you live in Houston there is only one movie theater where you can go to see midnight movies. The River Oaks Theater is a Houston landmark and legend. Built in 1939 the theater has been operated by landmark theaters since 1976. A throw back to another era this intimate, old-style movie theater is a dying breed. It has only three movie screens, which I think is a good thing. Unlike many large movie theaters that are crowded and full of loud audiences making it impossible to view your movie here the audiences are considerate and quiet. They show a mix of the current new movie releases, independent, foreign and classic movies. The exterior and lobby still have their wonderful classic art deco décor. My only warning is to those who are used to the large cushy chairs most other theaters have, here they still have the old school seats. But you should not let that deter you from experiencing this wonderful theater.
Their midnight movies on Friday and Saturday nights are a tradition for movie lovers. There are no other theaters in Houston where you can see a movie this late. For the midnight movies they show all different kinds some examples are the classic “Alien” , “Terminator” , “The Girl Who Kicked The Hornets Nest” and special showings cult classics like the “The Rocky Horror Picture Show.” There are many other little things at the River Oaks theater that makes a midnight movie showing unique. Not only can you see a late night movie you can do so while enjoying a drink from the bar, you are allowed to carry it into your movie. Another treat is the chilled junior mint candies and their amazing vegan chocolate chip cookies.
The River Oaks Theater and their midnight movies are legendary in Houston. They are a part of Houston history. It is common to run into someone you know, or other frequent movie goers. You will usually see people taking time to mingle before and after the movie. An important part of our community it has remained steadfast and true to its roots. They even help to showcase local artists. Not only has it kept its amazing appearance but they also stand true to their commitment to bring independent movies to audiences that other theaters will not show. So if you have not been take time to go see a midnight movie or at any time to support this Houston institution. Once you go you will understand why true movie lovers flock to this classic theater.
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