october on the rooftop

Houston's rooftop cinema reveals spooky and thrilling October lineup

Houston's rooftop cinema reveals spooky and thrilling October lineup

Rooftop Cinema Club Houston night skyline
Thrills (and maybe some chills) await in October on the rooftop.  Photo by Rooftop Cinema Club Houston

October sees Houston temps drop from scorching to bearable, and that means a flurry of fall outdoor activities. In keeping with the season, Rooftop Cinema Club is celebrating its first year in Houston with an October lineup that boasts Halloween favorites, drive-in classics, and showcases of women in cinema.

Fans looking to get some spooky thrills under the night sky can look for horror and fantasy classics like A Nightmare on Elm Street (35th anniversary), Texas Chain Saw Massacre (45th anniversary), Beetlejuice, and more at Rooftop’s BLVD Place location. Tickets are on sale now.

Cinephiles will delight in a special night of drive-in classics celebrating two memorable 1950s and '60s sci-fi and horror films: Blob and Village of the Damned on October 19. To set the scene, the club rooftop will step back in time with a special vintage décor, audio experience, and more.

In addition to the Halloween classics, October will celebrate women in film in front of and behind the camera with a lineup that features Bette Midler and Sarah Jessica Parker in Hocus Pocus on October 4, October 20, and an Open-Captions version on October 30.

Look for Sandra Bullock, Nicole Kidman, and Stockard Channing in Practical Magic on October 12 and Meryl Streep and Goldie Hawn in Death Becomes Her on October 18. October also sees films honoring Hispanic Heritage Month with Selena on October 5, Coco on October 13, and Mi Familia on October 15.

To paraphrase ’80s icon Ferris Bueller: Tickets move pretty fast: If you don’t stop and look, you could miss them.

Prices start at $17 per person for a one-person lounge seat. A single-person seat with the addition of bottomless popcorn is $20. Tickets for couples, or a roomier love seat, plus bottomless popcorn, are $24 per person. New for spring is a student discount ticket starting at $15.30, with valid ID required the night of the event.

As always, the cinema will serve up movie grub from Good Dog Houston, which offers three dogs: the Picnic Dog, the Uptown Dog, and The Dude. Additional fare includes fruit and cheese plates, Frito pie, and chili cheese nachos. Adult beverages include a full bar with craft cocktails, local beer options, and an assortment of wines.

Here is the full October movie lineup. Doors open each night at 6:30 pm. Double screenings continue throughout the month on Friday and Saturday nights. The venue will be closed on Mondays.

October 1 – Beetlejuice
October 2 – Rocketman (2019)
October 3 – Mean Girls
October 4 – Halloweentown and Hocus Pocus
October 5 – Dirty Dancing and Selena
October 6 – Casper
October 7 – Closed
October 8 – Grease (Sing-Along)
October 9 – Pretty Woman
October 10 – Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
October 11 – Booksmart (2019) and Aladdin (2019)
October 12 – The Craft and Practical Magic
October 13 – Coco
October 14 – Closed
October 15 – Mi Familia
October 16 – Bohemian Rhapsody: Sing-Along
October 17 – Rocketman
October 18 – The Princess Bride and Death Becomes Her
October 19 – The Blob (1958) and Village of The Damned (1960)
October 20 – Hocus Pocus
October 21 – Closed
October 22 – Beetlejuice
October 23 – Poltergeist
October 24 – The Witches of Eastwick
October 25 – A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) and Scream
October 26 – Tales from The Hood and The Exorcist
October 27 – Halloweentown
October 28 – Closed
October 29 – The Texas Chain Saw Massacre
October 30 – Hocus Pocus (open captions)
October 31 – Halloween (1978)

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Rooftop Cinema Club is located at BLVD Place above Whole Foods, 1700 Post Oak Blvd. For tickets and information, visit the official site.