Texas Theatre to Screen Cult Film Big Night on Thursday

Italian food on film and a pop-up you won't want to miss.

In the spring, Texas Theatre brought us the cult-favorite ramen film Tampopo, with its tantalizing broth-slurping and madcap, off-kilter escapades.

In their second installment of a food-on-film series, they’ll be screening the 1996 film Big Night on Thursday on 35 mm. The film, written and directed by Stanley Tucci (with roles by Minnie Driver and Isabella Rossellini), is a much-recognized cult classic that centers on two immigrant brothers from Abruzzo, who have opened an Italian restaurant in New Jersey

It’s a fabulous film that includes arguments about purism, the construction of the larger-than-life, pastry-encased culinary feat, the timpano, and the most glorious, heart-wrenching scene with an omelet.

The evening also includes a pop-up by Lucia chef Justin Holt and Scott Girling of The Grape, who will throw their weight around with a timpano. Amending last spring’s structure, they’ll have priority service for movie-ticketed patrons. So get your Italian mojo going.

Buy tickets here.


7 p.m. – First pop-up for movie-ticketed patrons (served: timpano, $10 cash)

7:30 p.m. – Pop-up for general non-movie public

8 p.m. – Film screening

10 p.m. – Second pop-up for movie-ticketed patrons (served: lasagna and salad, $10 cash)

10:30 p.m. – Pop-up for general non-movie public