Screen in style at the updated Downtown Cowtown at The Isis. | Photo by @panther_city_air
Everyone knows the best movies of the year come out between Halloween and New Years Day. Between the fluffy blankets — optional in warm Texas winters — and buckets of salty popcorn — mandatory regardless of the weather — the holiday season is prime movie-watching time.
If you’re ready to swap streaming for an old-fashioned trip to the picture show — or you just need to send the endless parade of visiting relatives out of the house for a few hours — we’ve got you covered. Settle in at these four local theaters for some new flicks and classic “talkies.”
The historic single-screen theater originally opened in 1914. After a storied history and full renovation, the venue reopened in its current iteration in 2021. Classic films are screened four times a day Sunday-Thursday. Bonus: If you’re the first person to arrive, you get to pick the movie from 40 titles on rotation.
Pull up to the screen on Panther Island for a daily showing at sundown. Bring your pup (on a leash), blankets, and radio to watch new films and old favorites from the comfort of your car. Bonus: Items from the full food and drink menu will be delivered straight to your vehicle.
The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth has four ongoing screening series. Magnolia at the Modern shows critically acclaimed films, while the National Theatre Live broadcasts stage shows from Great Britain. Movies That Matter includes human and civil rights films with moderated discussions + My Favorite Films replays classics from 1945 to the present day. Bonus:Assistive listening options are available.
The outdoor theater atop The Worthington Renaissance Hotel features a 360° view of downtown, Adirondack chairs, and a custom drink and food menu. Listen to the movie through state-of-the-art wireless headphones. Bonus:Park for free if you eat at Toro Toro.
Misfit Tea Party | Monday, Nov. 20 | 1:30-3:30 p.m. | Montgomery Street Antique Mall, 2601 Montgomery St., Fort Worth | Cost of purchase | Enjoy an afternoon of high tea, spirit tasting, and vintage shopping.
Tuesday, Nov. 21
TCU Women’s Volleyball | Tuesday, Nov. 21 | 1-3 p.m. | Schollmaier Arena, 3000 Stadium Dr., Fort Worth | Watch the Horned Frogs take on High Point University for “Frogs-giving.”
Wednesday, Nov. 22
Sam Riggs | Wednesday, Nov. 22 | 9 p.m. | Billy Bob’s Texas, 2520 Rodeo Plaza, Fort Worth | $18-$30 | The Florida country singer is making a stop in Cowtown.
Thursday, Nov. 23
Dallas Cowboys | Thursday, Nov. 23 | 3:30 p.m. | AT&T Stadium, 1 AT&T Way, Arlington | $35-$639 | Watch America’s team line up against the Washington Commanders with a Thanksgiving halftime performance by Dolly Parton.
Friday, Nov. 24
Photos with Santa | Friday, Nov. 24-Sunday, Dec. 24 | 10 a.m.-6 p.m. | The Shops at Clearfork, 5188 Monahans Ave., Fort Worth | $22 | Share your Christmas wish with old Saint Nick.
FWSO presents Home for the Holidays | Friday, Nov. 24-Sunday, Nov. 26 | Times Vary | Bass Performance Hall, 330 E. 4th St., Ste. 200 | $36.30-96.80 | Get into the holiday spirit with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra at Bass Performance Hall — don’t forget to wave to Santa as the FWSO plays his theme song, “Santa Clause is Coming to Town.”*
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Near Southside eatery Hemphill’s Restaurant will close on Friday, Nov. 24. The spot originally opened in 1950 as a vintage drive-in, then operated as a steakhouse before transitioning to a low-cost cafe. The owner’s said inflation and slow business prompted the establishment to close its doors.
TCU and Colonial Country Club are teaming up for a new college golf training center, set to open in July 2024. The $4.3 million facility at 3735 Country Club Cir. will feature long and short game practice courses and a student-athlete lounge for both the men’s and women’s golf programs. (Go Frogs)
$2.5 million. That’s how much it will cost to fix the lights on the West 7th Street bridge. The original lights from the ten-year-old bridge were replaced with color-changing LEDs in 2016 but need to be updated again. The new system will be designed in 2024 and completed in 2025. (Fort Worth Report)
Luxury apartment building Deco 969 released its rental rates. The 27-story tower set to open in February has 20 different floor plans ranging from $2,300 to $5,200 per month, while the largest penthouse is listed for $12,572 per month.
Online auto retailer Carvana expanded its DFW service to include same-day delivery. Now, Fort Worth residents can place an order for a pre-owned vehicle and have it delivered to their doorsteps within 24 hours.
Two more celebrities stopped by Joe T. Garcia’s for a meal, adding to the restaurant’s long list of famous patrons. Comedian David Spade and actor Luke Wilson chowed down at the Northside eatery last week. Check out other local celebrity sightings.
Another huge industrial development is in the works south of town. Rob Riner Cos. filed a permit application for a 1.4-million-sqft facility at 7777 Oak Grove. This is Phase 3 of the company’s $69 million Carter Park East development set to open next year.
Two local film companies were recognized at the Lone Star Emmy Awards for Branded Content earlier this month. Texas Producer’s two-minute short film “Collective Effervescence” features iconic Fort Worth spots like Sundance Square. TCU’s “Lead on 150" highlights the university’s mission.
Did you know? Greenville, SC is a pet-friendly haven for travelers. Plan the paw-fect trip with these dog-friendly experiences.*
Yeah, we know… kind of a bummer, and maybe not the news you want to start your morning with. So let’s get to the good stuff: The Carbon Reduction Program, an effort to reduce transportation emissions through local and statewide projects that are federally funded.
What is the Carbon Reduction Program?
In an effort to reduce transportation emissions across the US, the Carbon Reduction Program was created in 2021 to distribute $6.4 billion in formula funding over a five-year period.
What’s driving the news?
By Wednesday, Nov. 15, states and designated metropolitan planning organizations unveiled their strategies to reduce emissions through the program.
They also had to disclose which projects will be funded by the program — whether that be installing protected bike lanes in one city, creating a new bus rapid transit system in another, or a different project that helps reduce carbon emissions.
Our question for you while we await funding news: How would you like to see this grant used in Fort Worth? Let us know using the link below.
It was fun looking back on all the stories I’ve written in 2023 — from development to sports to hidden gems — and some of my favorite articles came from our readers. If you ever have an idea of something we should cover, don’t be afraid to send it our way.