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Houston is about to have its first Black-owned drive-in movie theater.
Space City Shows will show its first movies on Friday, Sept. 4, in East Downtown at 2300 Runnels St. It was started by Khairi Sharif as an ode to his undying love for going to the movies.
“I enjoy going to the movies, whether it’s to see a new movie or even an old movie,” Sharif said. “You know, the blue ICEE, some nachos, some candy. I wasn’t able to do that with coronavirus going on. So my mind got to wandering, and I thought of [starting] a drive-in movie theater.”
Space City Shows slowly came about from there, as Sharif began the process of acquiring movie licensing as well as completing the other necessary paperwork to turn his dream into a reality.
The theater isn’t you average drive-in — aside from being Black-owned, Space City Shows has a lot to offer, including a wide selection of movies, along with amazing food truck options, although Sharif wouldn’t tell Chron.com which ones will be on site.
“You’ll have to follow us on our Instagram to find out about everything we have to offer,” Sharif laughed. “We can’t give out all the sauce right now.”
For its grand debut, Space City Shows is playing Rush Hour 2 for its early show, and Love Jones for its late show.
Tickets are $30 per vehicle and can be purchased online through the Space City Shows website.