Feeling nostalgic for the 50s? The drive-in movie tradition is alive and well in Texas! Both modernized and more traditional drive-ins are popping up throughout the Lone Star State. Drive-ins are perfect for date night and are a relaxing to experience smaller Texas towns.
In Ennis, catch the most recent flicks at the Galaxy Drive-In Theatre. Choose from films on six screens, and order traditional movie theater fare to eat in the comfort of your own car. For an authentic feel, you can use real metal speakers hanging in your car window, or tune in to their FM radio station with DTS surround sound. Tickets are just $6 for adults and $3 for kids!
Feature films play every weekend at the Showboat Drive-In, a family-owned establishment located in Hockley. This theater is named after the Showboat Drive-in Restaurant, which was run by owners Johnny and Chris Rumfolo’s grandparents in the 50s. Films play on two screens, with the capacity for 400 cars at each screen.
Another theatre featuring recent films is Granbury’s Brazos Drive-In. This historic space has been operating continuously since 1952. Bring your dog and lawn chairs, and enjoy popcorn from their original 1952 machine. Their schedule, announced each week, can be found on Facebook.
For an intimate experience, visit the Blue Starlite Mini-Urban Drive-In. Situated in the very center of Austin, the lot only has space for 30-50 cars and boasts that they are the first and only mini-urban drive-in. Since space is limited, buy your tickets ahead to watch classic films on the big screen. Bring your own food, or purchase one of their unique concessions “packages” and local Austin food. Spaces are also available for pedestrian walk-in and bike-in tickets.
Drive-ins aren’t the only way to go for an outdoor movie-watching experience. Many cities host sunset screenings in local parks. Attend one in Dallas’s Strauss Square, in Republic Square Park in Austin, or during the summer only at the Corral Theatre in Wimberly, Texas.
by Jordan Smith