Showboat Drive-In

22422 FM 2920,
Hockley, TX 77447

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Functions: Movies (First Run)

Phone Numbers: Box Office: 281.351.5224
Manager: 281.351.5224

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Showboat Drive-In

The grandchildren of the owner of the original Showboat Drive-In have built a brand new one at 22422 FM 2920, just outside of Tomball, near Houston. It opened on March 31, 2006 with “Ice Age 2 - The Meltown” & “The Shaggy Dog”. Talk, smoke, enjoy a beer, bring your pooch! Take your kids to the movies in their pajamas! What a treat! My kids think this is all a new invention; they went bananas! Screen is 40'x80'. Double features are shown.

It is now a twin screen theatre when a second screen was added in May 2007. In December 2022 the property was ‘For Sale’ but remains open.

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Recent comments (view all 9 comments)

daatwood on May 24, 2007 at 1:18 pm

On opening night, they had to turn cars away. The place is great and doing a brisk business! Teens love it cause they can chat on their cell phones and text message without me screaming at them.

Silicon Sam
Silicon Sam on December 4, 2009 at 1:35 am

Excellent video on the grand opening of the Showboat

enjoyprog on April 16, 2012 at 2:57 pm

UPDATE: It’s 2012 and the Showboat is still going strong! My wife and I attempted to spend an evening at The Showboat but we were turned away due to a sell-out. This place has turned out to be a huge hit!

CSWalczak on April 16, 2012 at 3:38 pm

An article about the Showboat Drive-in: View link

KK5SC on September 6, 2013 at 7:51 pm

We have been out twice this year – both times we experienced sell-outs at one or more of the screens – great prices – including food – watch Groupon for periodic coupons.

Chris1982 on October 9, 2014 at 12:15 am

A History of the Showboat Drive-In: The Showboat Drive In opened March 31, 2006. Johnny and Chris Rumfolo own it. Our drive in was family built and operated. Along with his father, J.W. Rumfolo and sons Joseph and Michael, Johnny literally built the drive in from the ground up. We run the drive in ourselves with Joseph as projectionist, his wife Dinah overseeing concession and handling various aspects of paperwork, and our youngest son Michael in charge of ticket sales. Johnny’s grandfather, Walter Rumfolo owned The Showboat Drive In, a drive in restaurant in Houston, Texas during the 50’s. My parents, Lloyd and Wanda Olinger, worked at The Showboat Drive In in Bay City, Texas when they were teens. So I guess you could say our drive in was meant to be. We opened the drive in with one screen. In May of 2007 we added our second screen thanks to the great response to the drive in. We are still adding and improving as we work and learn more about the business. Each of our screens holds 400 cars and broadcasts the sound over FM frequency to your car radio. Drive Ins began closing down in the late 70’s and early 80’s for many reasons. Land values grew, drive ins popped up too close to each other and couldn’t thrive, property taxes, vcr’s, and movie rental businesses. So you might ask, “What has changed?” We think it’s time to get back to a simpler time and spend some time with your family. What could be more fun than sitting under the stars watching a movie with your family or your special someone. There’s not a lot you can do with your whole family that’s inexpensive and enjoyable. Our concession prices are reasonable and our ticket prices are a bargain for a double feature! We had a great time when we were young making memories at the drive in with our families and we hope everyone will come out to The Showboat Drive In and make some memories of their own! The Drive-In is fully digi8tal

driveinfan on July 18, 2023 at 11:47 am

Drive in property listed for sale at $4,680,086 on 31.6 acres. In the description part of flyer it says, “that a convenience store is planned for the corner beside the subject property. Area is ripe for development.”

jamiejump_1 on September 3, 2023 at 7:50 pm

It was Opened on March 31, 2006 with 1 screen. in May 2007 a 2nd Screen was added. In Dec 2022 The property was ‘for sale’. it’s still open for now until the property gets sold

davidcoppock on September 4, 2023 at 4:38 am

Opened on 31st March 2006 with “Ice age 2 the meltdown” and “The shaggy dog”.

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