Space City Shows, the first and only Black-owned drive-in movie theater in Houston, Texas, is open for business. 26-year old Khairi Sharif says he launched the venue to provide entertainment in the midst of the pandemic for people who love going to the cinemas just like him.
“I enjoy going to the movies, whether it’s to see a new movie or even an old movie,” Sharif told Chron. “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.”
From there, Sharif began searching for a location and pushed through with the process of acquiring movie licenses and finalizing other paperwork to make his dream theater come true.
As the city’s newest pop-up drive-in movie theater, Space City Shows is located at 2300 Runnels Street in Houston’s East Downtown (EADO) area. It offers a wide range of movies, from old to new, that will be shown every weekend. Moviegoers also get to enjoy the skyline view of the city, as well as various food choices from food trucks and a live DJ before and after each film showing.