The cinema where the coppers nabbed Lee Harvey Oswald has since earned a well-deserved rep as one of DFW’s best art house theaters. The Texas Theatre screens throwback classics and new wave indie flicks each week, and is home to the annual Oak Cliff Film Festival. If it’s retro entertainment or hipster cred you seek (and I could use a bit of both) look no further than this Oak Cliff establishment in Dallas.
2. K9 CINEMAS
Have you ever wanted to take your dog to a movie? If yes, you’re in luck! K9 Cinemas, purportedly the world’s first dog-friendly movie theatre, allows you to take your Spot or Fido to a showing of one of their classic movie screenings (and offers complimentary wine and whiskey — for people, of course). This Plano cinema will soon start showing new releases too, at which point I imagine every other movie theater chain will be bankrupt within weeks. But that’s just my unbiased, dog-loving perspective. Get your tickets to your doggy date here.
If you’d rather not catch a flick with a dog in your lap, how about living in the lap of luxury? That’s possible at Cinepolis, a place that intimidates me with its sheer shininess. Nestled in the heart of Dallas at Victory Park, this fancy movie hub is a short jaunt away from the aquarium, museums and many of the city’s must-eat eateries. See? This place is so nice, it has me using the word jaunt.
There are few things more romantic than a movie under the stars. A night at Coyote Drive-In just might be one of them. This Fort Worth favorite boasts a bar, a restaurant and tons of space for you to pull up your vehicle and catch a summer flick under that dreamy Texas sky. Plus, tickets to their double-features are just $8. Romantic and affordable? Count me (and my fiancé) in.
They don’t make ‘em like they used to. At least, that’s what my grandfather told me when I tried (and failed) to convince him of the cinematic perfection of the John Wick franchise. But he does have a point: timeless classics like Giant and Bringing Up Baby are classic and timeless for a reason. The folks at Grapevine’s Palace Theatre know this, and that’s why they host a classic film series every summer. Although you won’t find any newer flicks being shown here, seeing a movie at this restored 1940s theater is always a welcomed blast to the past.
If anything can make the evergreen thriller Jaws scarier, it’s watching it on the water. That’s not my kind of fun (my doctor has diagnosed me with a severe case of “scared-y cat) but if you’re in the mood for some thrills on the water, I recommend checking out Hurricane Harbor’s Dive-In Movie Series. Summertime in Arlington isn’t complete without floating in Hurricane Harbor’s wave pool while watching a flick on a Texas-sized movie screen.