Experience Texas Oil by Boat and On Screen

In their heyday, drive-in theaters provided movie-goers with a unique way to view films from the comfort of their automobiles.

Now, the University of Houston's Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts, in collaboration with Aurora Picture Show, Buffalo Bayou Partnership and the Center for Land Use Interpretation (CLUI), revisits the drive-in concept with a screening of movies focused on a source of energy that's become symbolic of the city and the state.

"Oil Movies at the Junkyard Drive-In" celebrates the rich legacy of one of the Lone Star state's most precious commodities in an outdoor setting. The free screening will be presented at the CLUI's field office site and will showcase motion picture clips, educational videos, documentaries and promotional pieces illustrating the complexity and diversity of oil. Matt Coolidge, director of CLUI, will give a brief artist talk at 6 p.m., prior to the screenings.

During the "Drive-In," audiences can either view the films from their automobiles or sit in chairs that will be available at the site.

On the same day of the screenings, Coolidge will lead a guided boat expedition from 10 a.m. - noon, observing and highlighting the curiosities of Buffalo Bayou. The cost of the tour is $25.

The CLUI recently established a field office at the former junkyard site while serving as the Mitchell Center's artists in residence. Members of the center conducted research, collected data and captured photos from this site and other locations around the state to create the exhibition "Texas Oil: Landscape of an Industry," which is on view at UH's Blaffer Gallery through March 29.

For more details on "Oil Movies at the Junkyard Drive-In" and the bayou boat tours, visit
www.mitchellcenterforarts.org. Reservations for boat tours can be made by calling 713-752-0314.


WHAT: Boat expedition and "Oil Movies at the Junkyard Drive-In"
WHEN: 10am -noon, Feb 28 - Boat expedition
6 p.m., Feb. 28 - Movie screening
WHERE: 723 Drennan St
WHO: UH Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts, Aurora Picture Show, Center for Land Use Interpretation


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