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.

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

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

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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