Classic Cinema

New drive-in at beloved Fort Worth theater has serious retro vibes

New drive-in at beloved Fort Worth theater has serious retro vibes

Rocket Cinema Drive-In
Load up the car and bring some snacks. Photo courtesy of Rocket Cinema Drive-In

From concerts to movies to theater, drive-ins are dominating our entertainment options this year. But the newest option, based at Hip Pocket Theatre's al fresco performance space, has a retro bent.

Called Rocket Cinema Drive-In, the brainchild of Justin Sherburn will screen comedy classics — with extra emphasis on "classic" — like Charlie Chaplin's Modern Times and Buster Keaton's The General, with live accompaniment from Sherburn.

Sherburn is also the driving force behind Montopolis, an indie chamber music group from Austin that includes members of the Austin Symphony, Okkervil River, Tosca String Quartet, and the Polyphonic Spree. Their programs are audience-engaging, multi-media events that combine live music with video and interactive storytelling, so Sherburn is used to being a little theatrical.

"With almost all of our Montopolis shows canceled in 2020, I had to figure out something to do with myself," says Sherburn. "I made a pretty risky gamble and took out a title loan on my van. I bought all the things for a mobile drive-in theater and called it Rocket Cinema. I'm excited about supporting local performers this fall anyway that I can."

Modern Times will screen at 7:30 pm on Friday, October 2, with The General following at the same time on Saturday, October 3.

Tickets are $20 per car, and guests are encouraged to bring their own food and drink.

Fall programming is ongoing, but a mix of second-run film classics as well as performances with local groups have already been booked. Producers looking for a way to present their work in a socially distanced setting this fall are encouraged to contact the Rocket Cinema team at

The Hip Pocket Theatre is located at 1950 Silver Creek Rd. in Fort Worth.