Movies are central to today’s pop culture and Houston is home to many great places to learn more about your favorite films. Many movies feature Houston and were filmed here (did you know that scenes from “RoboCop 2” and “Terms of Endearment” were shot in Houston?) and many other locations keep movie lovers coming back for more. Here are five great places to check out if you’re a silver screen lover.


MFAH Film Buffs
1001 Bissonnet St
Houston, TX 77005
(713) 639-7300

This membership club, part of the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, allows you admission to 10 films at the MFAH a year, special offers on prescreenings of current releases and invitations to events with members of the Houston film community. Here, you can enjoy it all – old, restored films from the 20s and 30s, brand new independent art films from today and anything and everything in between. Also, it allows you to spend time with a group of people who are just as interested in film as you are – a great way to start friendships and interesting discussions. Anyone who loves film in all its forms should definitely become a member and start taking advantage of all MFAH Films has to offer.


River Oaks Theatre
2009 W Gray St
Houston, TX 77019
(713) 866-8881

This historical theater opened in 1939 and still has much of its original architecture preserved, making it a beautiful way to take in a flick. It was one of the last theaters opened by the Interstate Theatre Corporation and its art deco designers, and it has been preserved in all its glory ever since. The theater plays an array of new releases and indie films, and features some old favorites like a “Rocky Horror Picture Show” singalong.

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48 Hour Film Project
Screening at:
Studio Movie Grill CityCentre
805 Town and Country Blvd
Houston, TX 77024
(713) 461-4449

Each June, groups of filmmakers come together over one weekend to make a short film that includes a character, line of dialogue and a prop from the contest board. Starting Friday evening, teams write a script, cast actors, film and edit in time for the Sunday deadline. The short films can be seen by the public in screenings later that month and participation is open to anyone who has a team and wants to try their hand at filmmaking. Make sure you sign up fast, though – there are always more people interested in participating than there is space. If you don’t make it into a group for the project, don’t fret. The Film Project is always willing to take on volunteers behind the scenes to make each year’s 48 Hour Film Project even better than the last.


WorldFest Film Festival

The oldest international independent film festival in the world, WorldFest began in 1961 and has grown ever since. Held each spring, the festival shows more than 100 short-film premieres and over 50 feature-length films. There are awards given in 12 categories and the screenings of the submitted films are open to the public. Many great directors and actors have had work in the WorldFest Film Festival. Make sure to check out the stars of tomorrow before they move on to Hollywood.


Houston Film Connection Film School

Wish your day job wasn’t quite so boring? Ever wanted to start a career in the film industry? Now you can. The Houston Film Connection Film School is unlike other film programs. Your classroom is the set and you learn from real professionals every day. The school offers programs in directing, screenwriting, producing, editing and camera work. Education is the best way to improve yourself and reach the job you want to have a better, more fulfilling career. Have a real apprenticeship while earning a degree in what you love. What could be better than that?

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Gillian Kruse is a freelance writer living in Houston. She graduated from Rice University with a great love for all performing and visual arts. She enjoys writing about arts and cultural events, especially little-known ones, to help Houstonians learn about what’s going on in their city. Her work can be found at