Welcome to the Houston Ballet Drive-In!

The Center for Dance parking lot is now home to the Houston Ballet Drive-In! Explore new ways to experience dance with safe, socially distanced dance film showings in 2020. The Drive-In kicks things off in partnership with Frame Dance as the location for their 3rd Annual Frame x Frame Film Fest, featuring an exciting line-up of dance-focused films, from documentaries to iconic movies of the past. 

Frame x Frame Film Fest at the Houston Ballet Drive-In will take place Thursdays-Saturdays from November 5-December 5. For more information on the films included in the festival, continue to read below! Tickets for Frame x Frame Film Fest are $10 per vehicle. Tickets must be purchased in advance. There will be no on-site tickets available.

The Drive-In will also host a one-night-only screening of Night of the Kings for the finale of the 2020 Houston Cinema Arts Festival. For more information on the film and to purchase tickets through the HCAF website, continue to read below.

The Houston Ballet Drive-In is located at 601 Preston St, Houston, Texas 77002.

About Frame x Frame Film Fest:


Discover the magic of screen dance, where the camera can take you behind the scenes and underwater, inches from a dancer, up to a Paris apartment. Frame x Frame Film Fest brings international dance to the Houston Ballet Drive-In. Frame x Frame Film Fest 2020, presented by Frame Dance Productions, brings international dance to the big screen in Houston. The festival offers three categories of films: You are Here, current films being made in the genre of dance for screen, Looking In, films that take us behind the scenes, and Looking Back, classic movies with iconic dance scenes. Approximately 50 films will be available during the festival running Nov. 5 – Dec. 5, 2020.

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Best of Screen Dance 1

50 minutes of the world's most exciting and visually stunning short dances made for the screen, part 1.

Trash Dance

A choreographer finds beauty and grace in garbage trucks, and rallies reluctant Austin sanitation workers to perform a most unlikely and stunning spectacle. (Run Time: 68 min)

Singin' in the Rain

A spoof of the turmoil that afflicted the movie industry in the late 1920s when movies went from silent to sound. When two silent movie stars' latest movie is made into a musical, they must find a way to stay on top. (Run Time: 1 hr 43 min)

Mao's Last Dancer

In Maoist China, a boy is taken from his family and trained to become a dancer, but everything he knows is challenged when he is chosen to attend the Houston Ballet Academy. (Run Time: 1 hr 57 min)

Best of Screen Dance 2

50 minutes of the world's most exciting and visually stunning short dances made for the screen, part 2.

42nd Street

When the leading lady of a Broadway musical breaks her ankle, she is replaced by a young unknown actress, who becomes the star of the show. (Run Time: 1 hr 29 min)

White Christmas

A successful song-and-dance team become romantically involved with a sister act and team up to save the failing Vermont inn of their former commanding general. (Run Time: 2 hr 20 min)

Best of Screen Dance 3

50 minutes of the world's most exciting and visually stunning short dances made for the screen, part 3.

First Position

Six young ballet students, all from different backgrounds, prepare for the Youth America Grand Prix, a competition in which dance schools and companies from around the world scout for new talent. (Run Time: 1 hr 35 min)

PS Dance!

Step inside the halls of five NYC public schools and see what happens when students have dance in their curriculum. (Run Time: 53 min)

Breath Made Visible

The first feature length film about Anna Halprin, the American dance pioneer who has helped redefine our notion of modern art with her belief in dance's power to teach, heal, and transform at all ages of life. Some mature themes. (Run Time: 1 hr 22 min)

Royal Wedding

Brother and sister Tom and Ellen Bowen are stars of a show Every Night at Seven, a Broadway success. They are persuaded to take the show to London, capitalizing on the imminent royal wedding of Princess Elizabeth and Philip Mountbatten. (Run time: 1 hr 30 min)

Best of Screen Dance 4

50 minutes of the world's most exciting and visually stunning short dances made for the screen, part 4.

Rules of the Houston Ballet Drive-In

  • Gates will open 30 minutes prior to showtime. 
  • No tailgating is allowed. All attendees must stay inside the vehicle, unless going to the restroom. Guests may not sit in the trunk/back of a vehicle with the tailgate open or in the bed of a truck.
  • Restrooms inside of the Center for Dance will be available for one person at a time. Guests must be masked AT ALL TIMES when outside of their vehicles. 
  •  FM Radio will be required to hear the films. The radio channel will be shared prior to the film on the day of the showing. 
  • There will be no food vendors at the showing. Guests may bring their own snacks and non-alcoholic beverages. All alcohol is prohibited from the Drive-In. 

Rain Policy: If your showing is rained out, you will be issued a ticket to a make-up performance on the Wednesday following your originally scheduled event, barring any further weather issues.