july on the rooftop
Houston's rooftop cinema reveals spacey new July lineup and fun themed nights
As cinephiles are well aware, the summer movie season is here. To heat things up (even more), Houston’s Rooftop Cinema Club in Uptown has released a stellar July lineup that honors Space City Month and the 50th anniversary of the moon landing — as well as some whimsical events.
Starry-eyed fans can look for spaced-themed hits on Thursdays, beginning with Gravity on July 11, Apollo 11 onJuly 18, and Hidden Figures on July 25. Each film represents an aspect of space exploration: the preparation, the journey, and the mission, according to a release.
Also back for July are the rooftop cinema’s popular theme and sing-along nights. July sees a chance to belt out choruses to Grease on July 10 and July 30. Things hark back to The Roaring Twenties with a screening of The Great Gatsby, which sees the rooftop festooned in art deco and with bar menus themed with black, gold, and of course, bubbly.
Lovers of summer hits can expect blasts from the past, such as Back to the Future, nods to women in film with Set It Off, as well as a remembrance of acclaimed director John Singleton with screenings of PoeticJustice and Boyz N the Hood, on July 17 and July 29.
Also under the stars in July is The Rocky Horror Picture Show on July 19, as well as the 30th anniversary celebration of Steel Magnolias July 14, and the 25th anniversary of Quinten Tarantino’s cult classic, Pulp Fiction on July 8.
Tickets for the June lineup go on sale online at noon Wednesday, June 5. To paraphrase ’80s icon Ferris Bueller (and CultureMap food editor Eric Sandler): Tickets move pretty fast: If you don’t stop and look, you could miss them.
The cinema notes that popular shows such as Selena, A Star is Born, and others consistently and quickly sell out the day tickets go on sale.
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 July movie lineup, which features screenings every night (doors open nightly at 6:30 pm) throughout the month:
July 1 – Selena
July 3 – Back to The Future
July 4 – Closed
July 5 – Bohemian Rhapsody
July 6 – Jaws
July 7 – Set it Off
July 8 – Pulp Fiction
July 9 – Dirty Dancing
July 10 – Grease (Sing-along)
July 11 – Gravity (Space City Month)
July 13 – A Star is Born
July 14 – Steel Magnolias
July 15 – Harry Potter and The Sorcerer's Stone
July 16 – Bohemian Rhapsody
July 17 – Poetic Justice
July 18 – Apollo 11 (Space City Month)
July 19 – The Rocky Horror Picture Show (with Shadow Cast)
July 20 – The Great Gatsby
July 21 – Selena
July 22 – Love Jones
July 23 – The Parent Trap
July 24 – OBrother Where Art Thou?
July 25 – Hidden Figures (Space City Month)
July 26 – Save The Last Dance
July 27 – Dirty Dancing
July 28 – Bohemian Rhapsody
July 29 – Boyz N The Hood
July 30 – Grease (Sing-along)
July 31 – 50 First Dates
Rooftop Cinema Club is located at BLVD Place above Whole Foods, 1700 Post Oak Blvd. For tickets and information, visit the official site.