I grew up in Houston and the ABC affiliate ABC13 would show a movie after the nightly news at 11pm, and then rerun the nightly news and run another movie usually before signing off.
The thing I loved was that before the internet and cheap movie rental this was what introduced me to the world of film. They showed everything from all time greats of cinema to B sci fi, even badly dubbed foreign films. It really was a total roulette what you’d see that night, might be The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly or Saturn 3. The variety was refreshing, you could easily get exposed to something you’d never heard of or thought to watch. They showed a ton of good but obscure movies like A Boy And His Dog and House.
I remember at some point in the early 00s they stopped showing films at night, replaced with talk shows and infomercials :mad:
G4 on cable has something called Movies That Don’t Suck that appears to be copying the nightly movie format down to the interstitials which are pitch perfect
But they are much more restrictive in what they show which is mostly sci fi, fantasy or action.
Now you have to really know what you are looking for to find it, even mainstream cable movie channels have a very limited variety of movies. HBO at night sometimes fulfills the grabbag role, but sometimes not.