There has been a resurgence in drive-in movie theaters since the “old days.” Families, friends, and couples are once again flocking to these outdoor movie theaters to experience that piece of Americana that is enjoying a movie under the stars on a blanket, in a comfortable chair or from the comfort of their own car. Fortunately for residents of the Dallas area of Texas, there are still three drive-in theaters in the vicinity where they can watch a movie just like how they did in the past, and with warmer weather, they can do so year-round. CDC information for travelers. Hours/availability may have changed.


1.Galaxy Drive-In Movie Theatre

Galaxy Drive-In Movie Theatre
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The Galaxy Drive-in movie theater is located in Ennis, Texas and shows double features of first-run films seven days a week, year-round. Construction on the outdoor movie theater first started in 2003, with the drive-in opening the following year with three large outdoor screens on December 17th. The Galaxy Drive-in has since expanded to now include seven movie screens. It has also expanded its snack bar into two concession stands and now features digital projection to screen its films. The snack bar serves a good array of food and drinks, including popcorn, pizza, nachos, burgers, salads, funnel cakes, and cotton candy.

5301 N Interstate Highway 45, Ennis, TX 75119, Phone: 972-875-5505

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2.Coyote Drive-in

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The Coyote Drive-in encompasses thirty-five acres and boasts five large outdoor movie screens, as well as a pavilion measuring ten thousand square feet that features a full-service bar, a restaurant, and a fenced-in playground. Guests can find made-from-scratch artisan pizzas, cotton candy, burgers, and other movie snacks on the menu, as well as a wide assortment of wines and craft beers. The drive-in movie theater complex can accommodate up to 1,500 cars, and also consists of an area for outdoor seating that has a capacity of around three hundred people. The Coyote also show regional sporting events.

1901 Midway Rd, Lewisville, TX 75056, Phone: 214-222-9208

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3.LOOK Cinemas

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LOOK Cinemas is a dine-in theater in Dallas, Texas that shows first-run movies within a plush setting. It also serves an array of upscale beverage and food options. The luxury dine-in movie theater provides food and drink service from it IVY Kitchen, including handcrafted cocktails. Customers can enjoy movies on the big screen from a variety of ultra-comfortable seating, such as from one of one of the theater’s power recliners in Evolution, or spend some quality time with family in one of the Living Rooms that feature power recliners, armchairs, and sofas. LOOK Cinemas also uses the latest technology.

5409 Belt Line Rd, Dallas, TX 75254, Phone: 214-306-7446

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Attraction Spotlight: Nasher Sculpture Center

The Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas is dedicated to exhibiting and displaying beautiful sculptures and is home to the Raymond and Patsy Nasher Collection, which has been hailed as one of the most acclaimed collections of contemporary sculptures in the world. Designed by acclaimed architect Renzo Piano and landscape architect Peter Walker, the Center is situated in the heart of the Dallas Arts District features more than 300 sculptures by master artists including Miro, Matisse, de Kooning, Rodin, Moore, Giacometti, Hepworth, Picasso, Kelly, Calder, Suvero, and Serra.

The Center features luminous indoor and outdoor galleries that house the work of some of the world’s greatest artists, as well as special exhibitions throughout the year, featuring modern masters and contemporary works drawn from private collections and other museums. In addition to the beautiful indoor and outdoor spaces, the Center also has an auditorium for lectures and symposiums, education and research facilities for further learning, an onsite café that serves delicious cuisine and an award-winning store that sells one-of-a-kind gifts, jewelry, and décor.

The mission of The Nasher Sculpture Center is ‘to be an international catalyst for the study, installation, conservation and appreciation of modern and contemporary sculpture.’

The 55,000-square-foot building was designed by acclaimed architect Renzo Piano, who also worked with landscape architect Peter Walker on the design of the magnificent two-acre garden. The building and are garden blend symbiotically with a parallel series of “archaeological” walls that create a flow between the indoor and outdoor spaces of the center. The gardens feature rows of holly hedges, oak and cedar elm allées, and stone plinths that serve as seating.

The museum is split into two levels: the ground level houses three galleries, several offices and a boardroom and the award-winning gift shop, while a basement level features a gallery for delicate objects, an auditorium, conservation workshops and several service spaces. The outdoor garden terraces create and outdoor theater space that is popular with visitors.

The Nasher Sculpture Center features revolving exhibitions drawn from the Center’s collection, as well as special exhibitions in its both indoor and outdoor galleries. Major exhibitions organized by the Nasher have included “Matisse: Painter as Sculptor, the first Matisse sculpture retrospective in the U.S. in 20 years”; “Tony Cragg: Seeing Things, the first major U.S. museum exhibition of the artist in 20 year”; and “Variable States: Intention, Appearance, and Interpretation in Modern Sculpture.”

The Nasher Sculpture Center also presents a diverse array of educational and cultural programs for adults and students, including a lecture series called 360: Artists, Critics, Curators that focuses on art-world visionaries discussing sculptural themes, and a series of small-scale exhibitions and installations called Sightings that explore new work by both established and emerging sculptors. Other educational programs include Soundings: New Music at the Nasher – a critically-acclaimed new music series featuring groundbreaking performances, Scope Out Sculpture – virtual tours via a periscope where visitors get up close with the work of featured artists on 20-minute virtual tours; and Ultra-seeing Film Series - an exploration of experimental cinema.

The Nasher Sculpture Center presents a unique Kids Club where children of all ages can enjoy six free exclusive events per year that include exhibitions, interactive activities, immersive programs and educational workshops.

Monthly events at Nasher Sculpture Center include the family-friendly ‘Target First Saturdays’ which promise a fun and educational outing for the whole family, and ‘Til Midnight which offers alfresco dining, live music, movies and a twilight stroll.

The Nasher Sculpture Center is located at 2001 Flora St, Dallas, TX 75201 and is open Tuesday through Sunday from 11:00 am until 5:00 pm. A short introductory orientation film is available for viewing in Nasher Hall during regular museum hours, and The Nasher Sculpture Center is fully ADA-compliant.

Amenities at the Center include the Nasher Café by Wolfgang Puck, which serves a seasonal menu of light meals, soups, and salads that can be enjoyed overlooking the Center’s magnificent gardens. The Nasher Store is an award-winning store in the Center that sells a variety of thoughtfully designed accessories, books, art, jewelry, décor, as well as custom works by local artists featured in the Center.

Nasher Prize

The Nasher Sculpture Center offers an annual international award known as the Nasher Prize that is presented to a living artist in recognition of one of his or her works that have had a significant and extraordinary impact on the understanding of the art form of sculpture. The prize includes US$100,000 and offers recognition of the winning artist and their work on an international scale.

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2001 Flora St, Dallas, Texas 75201, Phone: 214-242-5100

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Attraction Spotlight: Dallas Museum of Art

The Dallas Museum of Art (DMA) is a premium art museum set in Dallas’ downtown Arts District that is dedicated to showcasing a variety of art from around the world ranging from ancient to modern times. The Museum features a collection of more than 24,000 objects, dating back to the third millennium, as well as changing exhibitions, and award-winning educational programs. Designed by Edward Larrabee Barnes, the Museum is also home to the Mildred R. and Frederick M. Mayer Library which contains more than 50,000 volumes that are accessible to both curators and the general public. The mission of The Dallas Museum of Art is to be both a trusted advocate and a responsible steward of the cultural heritage and the essential place of art in society today.

The museum's collections feature more than 24,000 works of art from around the world ranging from ancient to modern times and focusing on the celebration of the human power of creation. Collections include art from Africa, Asia, and the Americas, as well as the Mediterranean, Pacific Rim, contemporary, and European works.

The African collection showcases pieces from Central and West Africa dating back to the 16th to the 20th centuries, including a Nigerian Nok terracotta bust from 200 BC. Other works include symbols of leadership and status, as well as concepts related to the cycle of life, including a ritually embedded standing power figure from Congo and a copper alloy plaque depicting a warrior chief from Benin.

The American collection features a range of paintings, sculptures, and works on paper from the colonial period to World War II, as well as art from Canada and Mexico. Highlights include Lighthouse Hill (1927) by Edward Hopper, Georgia O’Keeffe’s Bare Tree Trunks with Snow (1946), and one of the most important pieces in the Museum, The Icebergs (1861) by Frederic Edwin Church. The Museum also has a vast collection of Texan art, including works by Alexandre Hogue, Robert and Julia Onderdonk, Dorothy Austin, and David Bates.

The Ancient Mediterranean collection of art includes Egyptian, Cycladic, Etruscan, Roman, Etruscan, Greek, and Apulian objects. Highlights of the ancient Roman collection include by a sarcophagus carved in marble from c. 190 AD and the Greek collection showcases bronze sculptures, gold jewelry, and decorative objects.

The museum’s collections of South Asian art features a range of Buddhist art, art from the Mughal Empire and striking pieces from Tibet, Thailand and Nepal.

The Contemporary collection includes works covering a range of genres from Abstract Expressionism to Pop Art and Minimalism and includes works by Jackson Pollock, Jasper John, Mark Rothko, Robert Smithson, and Franz Kline. Photography includes pieces by Nic Nicosia, Lynn Davis and Cindy Sherman, and a keen interest in contemporary German work showcases work by Sigmar Polke, Gerhard Richter, and Anselm Kiefer.

The Decorative Arts And Design collection is expansive and features over 8,000 works from America and Europe across a variety of materials, including textiles, furniture, glass, ceramics, and metalware dating back to the 16th-century. Highlights of the collection include 17th-century Chinese porcelain, American 18th-century furniture, and a world-renowned silver collection from the 19th century with pieces by Tiffany & Co., and Reed and Barton. Other stunning pieces in the collection include 16th-century Spanish textiles, a Gothic Revival bed from 1844 made for Henry Clay, an 1899 solid silver dressing table, and early modern designs by Frank Lloyd Wright, Gustav Stickley, and Zaha Hadid.

The collection of European art features works dating back to the 16th century and includes works by famous artists such as Canaletto, Paolini, Monet, Courbet, and Gauguin. Highlights of the collection include 18th-century works by Canaletto such as A View from the Fondamenta Nuova, 1772, and The Abduction of Europa, 1750 by Jean-Baptiste Marie Pierre. Nineteenth –century works include Fox in the Snow (1860) by Gustav Courbet, I Raro te Oviri (1891) by Paul Gauguin and The Seine at Lavacourt (1880) by Claude Monet.

The Dallas Museum of Art has significant holdings of ancient American art, specifically from the Pre-Columbian period and the Pacific Rim that dates back more than three millennia. This unique collection includes sculptures, terracotta, prints, and gold objects and includes striking pieces such as the Head of the Mexican god Tlaloc dating back to the 14th century, as well as gold objects from Colombia and Peru.

The Dallas Museum of Art is located at 1717 N Harwood Street in Dallas and is open Tuesday through Sunday from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm. Visitors can park and ride the DART train to the St. Paul Station and walk to the Museum’s Ross Avenue entrance for ease of congestion and parking.

The DMA offers free docent-led guided tours through the Museum every Saturday at 2:00 pm where visitors can explore and learn more about the collections. Private guided tours are also available for groups of 10 or more and cost an additional fee.

The DMA also features a Gift Store that sells books and catalogs, print and stationery products, jewelry, gifts and other souvenirs inspired by the Museum’s collection. There are also two cafés that serve casual cuisine and drinks in a pleasant setting. The DMA Café can be found in the Hamon Atrium at the Museum’s North Entrance, and Socca Mediterranean Café is situated in the Eagle Family Plaza and offers a delicious alfresco menu.

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1717 N Harwood St, Dallas, Texas 75201, Phone: 214-922-1200

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Venue Spotlight: The Space Dallas

Located in downtown Dallas’ historically significant Deep Ellum District, the Space Dallas offers over 5,000 square feet of banquet and meeting space and provides the perfect setting for romantic wedding ceremonies, grand receptions, and other special celebrations. Situated off Live Oak and Good Latimer, the elegant venue can accommodate up to 300 guests for seated dinners, cocktail receptions and dinner-and-dancing affairs, as well as intimate ceremonies for smaller groups and offers a full range of services from wedding planning to event rental.

Amenities

The Space Dallas offers a beautiful venue for couples wanting ethnic, historical, traditional or vintage weddings and can accommodate up to 300 guests for seated or standing affairs. The main ballroom boasts 20-foot high ceilings hung with glittering chandeliers and romantic bunting, as well as polished cherry wood floors, LED up-lighting, and a full-service bar and lounge area. A beautifully appointed bridal suite is available for the bride and her party to use before the ceremony and all catering is provided by the renowned Chef Richard, who offers customized wedding packages and a variety of culinary selections.

Services

Services included with the rental of the venue are tables, and Chiavari chairs, drapery, and chandeliers, a variety of luxury linens, flexible wall LED lighting, audiovisual equipment in the form of speakers, a soundboard and microphone, a stage and podium, and a customized television screen greeting. Also included is a professional venue coordinator and event manager to take care of all the details and ensure a hassle-free event, comfortable lounge areas where guests can relax, a 12-foot full-service bar with ice machine, and a beautifully appointed bridal suite for the bride and her party. The venue offers complimentary parking for guests, as well as high-speed Internet.

Extra perks with the rental of the venue include portable grills and fryers, a popcorn machine, a snow cone machine, a cotton candy machine, a funnel cake machine, and an NYC-style hotdog cart and umbrella.

Catering

The Space Dallas makes use of in-house catering star, Chef Richard, who offers on-site catering and beverage packages to suit every budget and taste, ranging from buffet stations and butler-passed hors-d’oeuvres to plated dinners.

2516 Florence St, Dallas, TX 75204, Phone: 214-230-3663

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