Drive-in theaters hold a distinct place in Texas and film history dating to 1934 when only the third venue in the country opened in Galveston. At their peak, Texas had more drive-ins than any other state. And despite all of cinema’s evolutions, many Texas drive-ins—and the experience itself—have endured. The Texas Film Commission highlights a number of both modern and classic spots you can visit, along with several other Texas film experiences across the state. So roll up to any one of these drive-ins not just for the movies, but also for the scene.
Blue Starlite Mini Urban Drive-In
Central Texas is the epicenter of unique Texas experiences, which makes Austin and Round Rock the perfect homes for the “world’s first mini urban drive-in.” Blue Starlight features a mix of family and classic films, as well as pop culture favorites. Buy tickets in advance because only 30-50 vehicles get in on any given night.
Tascosa Drive-In Theater
Amarillo takes their drive-in theater experience seriously—at least at the Tascosa. That’s because this drive-in is open rain or shine six days a week. Rain doesn’t affect the picture (and might even add to the ambiance). The Tascosa is also “Home of the Double Features,” so grab some snacks and settle in.
Galaxy Drive-In Theatre
The Galaxy Drive-In in Ennis brings a modern touch to the drive-in experience. Seven screens offer the latest Hollywood films in addition to occasional classics. Each screen projects digitally or in 3D—a rarity for drive-ins.
Big Sky Drive-In Theatre
In the West Texas Permian Basin, the night skies are big. Good thing for the appropriately named Big Sky Drive-In, which can be found between Midland and Odessa. This theater is open seven days a week, showing both the latest and classic films, and offers a full concession stand—and we do mean full.
Stars & Stripes Drive-In Theatre
Whether you’re in Lubbock or New Braunfels, you can appreciate a one-of-a-kind drive-in experience at Stars & Stripes. Open rain or shine seven days a week, this drive-in shows new features as well as classics and even concerts.
Coyote Drive-In Theater
Every night, rain or (star)shine, there’s always something playing at Fort Worth’s own Coyote Drive-In. In fact, with a double feature every night, there’s even more showing here. The Coyote Canteen will keep you satisfied the whole time too.
Town & Country Drive-In Theatre
Home of the “Biggest Screen in Abilene,” Town & Country Drive-In first opened in 1956 with space for nearly 1,500 cars. Unfortunately, it was forced to shut down 30 years later with the decline of drive-ins. But like a redemption story straight out of Hollywood, Town & Country would reopen in 2005 to carry on the drive-in tradition.