Best (& Sweetest) 12 Weeks of Summer Ever #4
4. Long live the drive-in
The saying “everything old is new again” is a fitting description for Texas’ drive-in movie theater industry. As younger generation rediscover the old cultural icon, there’s a trend of new and refurbished drive-ins opening around the state.
And why not? They’re nostalgic, but also good fun. What’s not to like about
Drive-ins were routine entertainment in the 1950s and early 1960s, when there were nearly 400 such theaters in Texas. Their numbers dwindled over the years—succumbing to daylight saving time, real estate development, VCRs, and the like—and now only about 15 drive-ins operate in the state, some old and some new. On one end of the spectrum, there’s The Last Drive-in Picture Show in Gatesville, which has been operating since 1950. On the other, there’s the Coyote Drive-In in the Trinity Uptown area of Fort Worth. As of press time, the Coyote was scheduled to open three screens on a 20-acre property in mid-spring.
From the May 2013 issue.