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San Anto natives Blair and Drew Hicks have an enduring love for film, particularly the most misfit entries into the canon. They cut their teeth on the VHS culture of the ’90s, binging Mystery Science Theater 3000 and Joe Bob Briggs’ MonsterVision, and often combed the shelves of Blockbuster and local chain Pic-A-Video for oddities.
As many of us do, the brothers carried a torch for their first love into adulthood, and soon found themselves fanning the flames. Blair started hosting B movie screenings in Austin in 2016, sometimes joined by Drew, who added San Antonio events the following year. Thus, Planet X Cinema was born.
Once monthly, you could find Drew dragging a portable projector and speakers into the old church that housed gourmet hotdog joint Frank. The flicks ranged from cult classics like Conan the Barbarian and Gremlins to lesser-known oddities like Hell Comes to Frogtown and Cherry 2000.
Frank’s abrupt closure early this year led to a scramble for a new venue, but Planet X soon launched a reshuffled screening schedule that bounced between Brick at Blue Star and Burleson Yard Beer Garden. However, after a few months Blair and Drew still felt a bit on the back foot, and deemed that a brief hiatus was their next best move.
First on the docket was nailing down a new, permanent clubhouse, and the duo scored the perfect spot in Künstler Brewing. Tucked off South Flores Street in the Lone Star Arts District, Künstler serves Bavarian-style drinks and eats and features a sports hall with plenty of room to pack in Planet X’s self-styled “trashies” for monthly movie nights on final Fridays. Künstler’s owners, Vera and Brent Deckard, even plan to whip up special brews to go with some of the films.
Planet X Cinema kicks off its new screening schedule at Künstler with a Halloween Double Feature Bash of The Blob and Invaders from Mars, two ’80s flicks that remade ’50s cult classics. The bros will team up to host, so expect them to point out notable trivia, show a few related clips and otherwise “feed off of each others’ garbage brains,” as Drew puts it, probably in costume. In addition to the renewed event schedule, they have launched a brand spankin’ new podcast, and can also be hired out for private screenings, if that tickles your fancy.
But, as they move forward, Blair and Drew assure that two key elements of Planet X Cinema will stay the same: the brothers are committed to only showing movies they love — no sanctimonious sneering can be found here — and the screenings will always remain 100 percent free. Just show up, order a brewski and sit back to enjoy some “righteous trash.”
Planet X Cinema Halloween Double Feature Bash
Free, 8pm Fri, Oct. 26, Künstler Brewing, 302 E. Lachapelle, (210) 688-4519, planetxcinema.com.