There's a New Drive-in Movie Theater in Fort Worth with Food Trucks and Beer on Hand

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Coyote Drive-In
The last time I remember seeing an operational drive-in theater was in 1980 in Houston. I wasn't actually at the theater; rather we were driving past it on the freeway. The huge screen was right near the highway showing Brooke Shields in the Blue Lagoon. I was fairly young and, well, there was some explaining to do on the rest of the trip home.

The '80s were so awesome.

And now a throwback cinematic experience has arrived in the Town of the Cow. The Coyote Drive-In opened this weekend, nestled in a nook of land where the Trinity River makes a hairpin turn just outside of downtown.

Here are some important party tips:

• Coyote Drive-In is open seven days a week and has three screens offering double features every night. Tickets are $6 per child and $8 for adults. Tickets are for both movies. Doors open at 6 p.m. and movies start at 8:30.

• Outside drinks and food are not allowed, but they sell a variety of beer and wine, as well as food. This weekend a food truck was on hand.

• If you just want to eat at their restaurant and hang out on the patio, you don't need a movie ticket.

• The sound for each movie is broadcast through three different FM frequencies.

• Capacity is limited. In all, 1,300 cars can fit into the drive-in for the three movies on any night.

• There's a playground for kids.

• You can't switch movies.

• You can arrive late and leave early.

• Ticket prices are the same even if you want to stay for just one movie.

• Pets are welcome. Leashes are too. So are pooper scoopers or whatevs you need to handle your dog's business.

• Car batteries sometimes die after playing the radio for two hours. They have portable battery chargers for this situation.

• If you prefer to bike along the Trinity to get to the theater, they have folding chairs and stand-alone speakers near the front of each screen.

• It's totally cool if you want to load the recliners into the back of the truck to watch the movies.

2013 just might be the year of the movie theater in North Texas. LOOK Cinemas opened recently, which offers fine dining via Nick and Sam's for an upscale theater experience. The quirky Alamo Draft House should open this summer. Now with a full scale drive-in in Fort Worth, boring old regular theaters are just boring old regular theaters now.


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43 comments
ynotryme
ynotryme

I went last Friday took 56 minutes to get in a distance of probably 75 yards.

Stephanie Brooks
Stephanie Brooks

OMG if they play good double features this summer with all the awesome movies coming out. I will be checking out this destination.

kergo1spaceship
kergo1spaceship

So, does the "stank" of The Trinity come gratis?  Oh, that's Dallas.......how could two cities, basically attached, be so different?

Dallas/Trinity......... death, floating bodies, despair

Ft. Worth/Trinity......theaters, parks, trails, gourmet food trucks


Maybe we should blow up Dallas proper, from 635 south to the Ellis County line (after forcing everyone to move) and build the world's biggest lake, or parking lot. 

fbirdformula
fbirdformula

there is a drive-in in Ennis not that far from DFW

Toasty's Trips
Toasty's Trips

There's been a drive-in south of Dallas in Ennis for years (Galaxy), cool to hear about another one in the area though.

David Norton
David Norton

Ditto what Todd said. Short drive south from Dallas and well worth it. Six screens, they change it up very often and they don't a ton of business. Galaxy Drive in. Unless someone else is really insistent on somewhere else it's my preferred theater. My car has the best movie sound in town. And ... funnel cakes! Just for the love of god don't be a jerk. If your car has those stupid automatic lights don't turn it on unless it's a emergency and ruin the screen for everyone else!

everlastingphelps
everlastingphelps topcommenter

Funny thing is, it's a little closer to me than Galaxy, but would take the same amount of time to get to.

The trouble is finding two movies out at the same time that are worth watching.  I've seen IM3, so... nothing left worth seeing.

bifftannen
bifftannen

There are drive-in theaters in Odessa and Turkey. Don't get out of town much?

Todd Deatherage
Todd Deatherage

DOH! Take I-45 to Corsicana. Just North, and on the West side next to the service road. You can't miss it.

Nictacular
Nictacular

I could rent a bike from in front of the building, ride it over there, ride back, and save some gas money.

I won't...but I totally could.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

1 more reason Town of the Cow is the best place to do fun things in our area

TexMarine
TexMarine

@kergo1spaceship How can they be different? Build more Section 8 housing in FT Worth, near the river, and you'll get your answer.

donwa
donwa

@bifftannen Crap - thought you were talking the former Ottoman Empire there for a sec...

NightSand
NightSand

@TexMarine @kergo1spaceshipJust continue to ignore all of South, West, and East of downtown and you should be in good shape.  Fort Worth is a joke.  TCU and Downtown proper are nice, everything else is a dump and fairly sketchy.  

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

@kergo1spaceship The only time Im in Ennis is when Im rednecking it up for the NHRA, or attending the import drag races

todd
todd

@ScottsMerkin @fbirdformula If Ennis isn't part of DFW, and I am not saying it is, where is the "line in the sand" for what's in and what's out? 

Sharon_Moreanus
Sharon_Moreanus topcommenter

Easier n closer to go to a ABS off35 n run it deep into some married brah before he goes home to da wifey n kidos.

JustSaying
JustSaying

@Sharon_Moreanus I was just about to mention the Apache. Whenever I tell people that there is/was a drive-in that plays strictly porn in Tyler of all places, nobody believes me.

kergo1spaceship
kergo1spaceship

@Sharon_Moreanus 

Look at Sharon!  what's better than watching some ole heffer "do it", with 300 other people you don't........EVERYTHING. 

Sharon_Moreanus
Sharon_Moreanus topcommenter

You get a better selection of R movies in Ennis.

kergo1spaceship
kergo1spaceship

@ScottsMerkin

we go 4 wheeling in Ellis county with my brah in law....it's world away from Plano, and a galaxy away from Dallas; I kinda like it.

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