As it begins to cool down, the demand for outdoor activities skyrocket, and for moviegoers that demand will soon be met. A second outdoor movie theater is coming to Fort Worth.

Rooftop Cinema Club is opening in early October, currently scheduled for Oct. 4. The new location will be on the outdoor terrace and rooftop space of The Worthington Renaissance Hotel.  The space will be named ‘The Terrace,’ according to Wheelhouse Innovations, an agency based out of Edgecliff Village that was awarded the contract to construct the new space.  

“This is a tremendous, history-in-the-making partnership to bring even more quality entertainment to the heart of downtown Fort Worth,” Drew Hayden, general manager of The Worthington Renaissance Hotel, said.

Rooftop Cinema Club will offer a “curated movie-viewing and social experience,” according to the company’s website, and Hayden said with the hotel’s central location, panoramic views of the city’s landmarks, and the hotel’s food and beverage, that, “(it’s) a win-win for visitors and locals alike.”

Typical to Rooftop Cinema Club’s multiple locations, Fort Worth’s will have one large, outdoor LED screen and viewers can enjoy hand-picked classics, cult films and recent releases, according to the company’s website. Viewers also will be able to pre-select their choice of deck chair and will be outfitted with personal, wireless headsets during the film. 

Since the LED screen and deck chairs only need to be brought to The Terrace, Wheelhouse Innovations’ job was made that much easier in designing and constructing the space. The agency had to construct only the box office, concessions, a cocktail bar, and a storage facility according to a Sept. 7 press release. 

“We’re very excited to be part of this project,” Wheelhouse CEO Julie Curtis said. “The Worthington Hotel has long been a staple in Fort Worth, and it’s an honor to be able to work on such a creative project in our own backyard.”

Rooftop Cinema Club believes it has found the perfect location in the Worthington, Gabriel Roxas, a spokesman for the Rooftop Cinema Club said. 

It’s really a beautiful spot where visitors can overlook Sundance Square, and the whole city really, and just chill and watch a movie,” Roxas said.

The building also has some history attached to it, another reason Rooftop Cinema Club chose the Renaissance, and Fort Worth, according to Endicott PR, the company’s PR representative.

“We were the first major, modern hotel created by the Bass family in downtown Fort Worth, and the first structure in Sundance Square in 1981, and this new venue will be the first-of-its-kind for the city,” Hayden said.

The venue, set to open in a couple weeks, isn’t yet completed but will be before the Oct. 4 date.

According to Rooftop Cinema Club’s website, tickets will be on sale soon, along with the full October movie lineup.

The cheapest ticket option is expected to cost $18.50 for the ‘primetime’ showtimes of 7:30 p.m. and 10:45 p.m., and $17.50 for matinees, at 4:30 p.m. 

For October’s lineup, expect a variety of Halloween-themed films like “Hocus Pocus”, “Coraline”, “Psycho”, “Halloween”, and “Scream”, as is typical at other Rooftop Cinema Club locations.

The schedule is made, and announced, month-by-month, so November’s films and showtimes won’t be known until mid-to-late October. 

While tentative, the theater should run through late December, breaking for Christmas/New Year until mid-February, when they’ll resume showtimes for the Spring. In the summer, showtimes will begin at 7:30 p.m., instead of the Fall/Spring start time of 4:30 p.m., to avoid the Fort Worth heat.

Other Rooftop Cinema Club locations have about 50-60 deck chairs set up for viewing, and while this location’s exact capacity has yet-to-be-determined, it’s expected to host a similar number of people, according to Endicott. 

To sign up for email updates on the Rooftop Cinema Club, visit the website to be the first to know when tickets drop.

“We’re going to make this a fabulous addition to our beloved city’s skyline,” Curtis said.

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Matthew Sgroi is the 2022-23 Fort Worth Report video fellow. He can be reached at matthew.sgroi@fortworthreport.com or (503)-828-4063.