When I was growing up in Graham (about 90 minutes west of Fort Worth), we always had a drive-in. In fact since 1955, most the time in Graham, there has always been the Graham Drive-in to look forward to on summer nights. You went with your family, you went with your friends and later, most of us probably had a date night under the stars, watching films like Grease, Indiana Jones and many others that I can't seem to remember now in much older years, but meant a lot to me at the time.
It wasn't until I "moved to the big city" that I realized that a drive-in was a pretty unique attraction. Especially since many of the ones in other cities and towns across Texas were drying up and turning into nothing but a pasture of old memories and old technology from a time of yesterday when people didn't have smartphones to stay close to watch their favorite films at leisure. Nowadays at a flick of switch we can watch what we want, when we want and how we want. Technology is great, but all this social media has instead made us anti-social. You just don't make time hanging with your friends, watching a film, munching on popcorn and just enjoying the art of doing nothing.
Thankfully, I'm not alone in this nostalgic feeling for getting back to the good 'ole days. A collaboration of the Tarrant Regional Water District, Trinity River Vision Authority, the City of Fort Worth and many others folks, the Coyote Drive-in is now open along the Trinity River near the Panther Island Pavilion in Fort Worth. This three-screen wonder with outdoor, covered patio areas and a great menu, adds to the additional community vibe the city has been trying to build along this area.
During its soft opening this week, the theatre aired classic films like Grease, American Graffiti, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Jaws and Back to the Future. But starting Friday, May 10, you can roll your car right on in to watch movieland's newest big screen flicks like The Great Gatsby, Iron Man 3, 42, Oblivion and Oz The Great and Powerful. Don't worry about bringing refereshments either, they've got you covered at The Canteen, their "watering hole."
Another little thing you ought to remember you have only one chance each night to see a film since Mother Nature is responsible for calling curtain time, hopefully as close to the 8:30 showtime as possible. But thankfully for technology you can buy your tickets online in advance so at least you don't have to sit in line while stalk your Facebook for too long and just enjoy some real facetime with your friends and family, old school.
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