Drive-In movies coming to Cultura Beer Garden just in time for Halloween

Laredo film lovers have not had much to celebrate recently, with closures announced at two major Laredo theaters — the Alamo Drafthouse and Regal Cinema — and the delay of a number of big-budget movies. However, local nonprofit Laredo Film Society is doing all it can to keep the love of cinema alive in Laredo.

In partnership with Cultura Beer Garden, the organization is hosting a series of drive-in movies designed to give locals a safe, movie-going experience amid restrictions in place to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus.

In celebration of the Halloween season, the movies selected for the series are all designed to get Laredoans in a spooky mood.

On Saturday, October 17, a screening of 1985 Italian horror film “Phenomena”. Directed by horror master Dario Argento and starring a young Jennifer Connelly in the lead role, the film tells the tale of a teen girl who attempts to chase a serial killer after she discovers her psychic powers.

On Halloween night, the group will screen cult classic “The Rocky Horror Picture Show”.  The 1975 musical comedy horror film stars Tim Curry, Susan Sarandon, and Barry Bostwick and is a musical tribute to the campy horror and science fiction B movies that populated theaters from the 30s to the 60s. The film’s plot centers around a young couple whose car breaks down, leading them to the wild world of Dr. Frank-n-Furter and company.

In addition to the film screening, Cultura’s food trucks will be in full operation, with many of the trucks offering special movie snacks for the locals in attendance. Note though, that outside food and drinks will be prohibited.

Tickets start at $10 for al fresco seating and are available to purchase at Tickets for the Halloween night screening will go on sale at a later date.

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Drive-in movie hosted at Cultura Beer Garden


Cultura Beer Garden, the Laredo Film Society and Able City Architecture teamed up to capitalize on new opportunities with restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic such as the curfew loosened. They hosted a drive-in movie night Saturday to offer some nightlife and boost a business hit hard by the pandemic.

“We have worked with Cultura for years on different events and figured this event would be a great opportunity to bring our patrons some films and assist a business that has been impacted by the pandemic,” Laredo Film Society board director Karen Gaytan said.

The event featured space for four compact vehicles, five mid-size vehicles and five full-size vehicles along with limited patio seating.

While bars and other nightlife such as Cultura Beer Garden have been some of the business most impacted by the pandemic, Gaytan said organizations like the Laredo Film Society have also dealt with limitations.

“Laredo Film Society is one the many organizations whose programming has been affected by the pandemic,” Gaytan said. “Our in-person events and fundraisers are unable to take place. We have transitioned to having more virtual events, which has helped us maintain an audience and a public to serve, but we have been limited in the ways to carry out our events.”

Although virtual events have helped the organization remain connected and generate funding, it pales in comparison to the outreach they normally receive. Nevertheless, they understand the severity of the situation.

The event took additional precautions aside from just the spacing out of vehicles and seating. Patrons were asked to stay in their vehicles, and waiters wore masks at all times while providing curbside service. Cultura Beer Garden also provided hand washing stations. The Laredo Film Society hopes that with the precautions taken this can be the first of many events.

“We have a series of events for the month of October,” Gaytan said. “We encourage people to check the Laredo Film Society website and social media for more details.”

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