Here’s another example of the enduring appeal of “retro.” There’s a new drive-in movie theater scheduled to open adjacent to downtown Fort Worth this spring.
The Coyote Drive-In is building a 20-acre complex in the Trinity Uptown neighborhood, across the river from downtown. Two of the three screens will be six stories tall (that’s relatively big), and the complex will accommodate up to 1,300 cars. Audio will be broadcast on an FM radio signal.
“We want to bring people back to a simpler time,” Coyote CEO Brady Wood says. “Life is crazy these days. The world is kind of crazy, and drive-ins bring people back to a simpler time.”
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, etc. These days, about 15 drive-ins operate in the state.
Along with first-run movies, the Coyote will also have a pavilion restaurant/beer garden area with a playground for children. The restaurant will serve food like hamburgers and pizza, and the bar will serve a wide variety of craft beers and wine.
Wood says ticket prices will vary, but will typically be $8 for adults and $5 for kids.
Patrons will be able to visit the restaurant and beer garden without a movie ticket. Diners will be able to see the screens, but not hear them. Dinner service will also be available to movie-goers.
“This is the first of what we hope will be many (Coyote Drive-Ins),” Wood says. “We would love to bring the drive-in experience to other cities in Texas. … People love drive-ins, they love their memories of the drive-in, and we’re bringing it back.”