The Box Office, Refined


For Fellini-loving, Coppola-craving sophisticates, a mundane date to the movies just won%26#8217;t do. Instead, one must pencil in these far-from-average summer film events.%26nbsp;

%26#8226; Stop, Look, Listen: Every third Friday through mid-October, the Nasher Sculpture Center hosts %26#8217;til Midnight at the Nasher, where perfect concert and film pairings %26#8212; the band Petty Theft playing before To Catch a Thief, or the group Havana NRG rocking out before West Side Story %26#8212; take place outside among the center%26#8217;s sculptural masterpieces. 2001 Flora St., 214.242.5100; nashersculpturecenter.org/tilmidnight.

%26#8226; Documentary Date: Cinematic art comes by way of Samuel Lynne Galleries as the contemporary art space opens its on-site, high-definition theater for summer showings of art documentaries. Add these to your calendar: Painters Painting: The New York Art Scene 1940%26#8211;1970, on July 8; then Herb %26amp; Dorothy, about two unlikely art collectors, on August 12. What%26#8217;s more? Tickets are a cool $10, the proceeds benefit Hunger Busters and there%26#8217;s even a wine/espresso bar %26#8212; meaning you can substitute pinot grigio for popcorn. 1105 Dragon St., 214.965.9027; samuellynne.com.

%26#8226; Time-Travel Revel: For an unexpected destination in the Panamera, make a 40-minute trek down I-45 to the Galaxy Drive-In Theatre in Ennis. The vibe here is very 1950s: Blockbusters are shown under the stars, movie-watching accessories include vintage red window speakers, and movie fare can be ordered via an old-school snack stand. 5301 N. Interstate Hwy. 45, 972.875.5505; galaxydriveintheatre.com.

%26#8226; Silver-Screen Splash: A hotel%26#8217;s rooftop pool, outdoor screenings and no end to freshly shaken cocktails make for anything but your standard-issue cinema at The Fairmont Dallas%26#8217; Dive-In Movie Theater. Every Friday at 8:30 pm, glam ones will stake out lounge chairs and pool floats to catch the evening%26#8217;s featured film. Each month has a theme, such as %26#8220;dining%26#8221; for July, %26#8220;arts%26#8221; for August and %26#8220;pets%26#8221; for September. Let the aquatic amusement begin. 1717 N. Akard St., 214.720.2020; fairmont.com.

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