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As soon as we arrived at the drive-in, my parents would hang the tinny speakers on the car windows and listen to music and announcements till the snack bar ads and previews of coming attractions began. The minute singing hot dogs or dancing cold drink cups started cavorting across the screen, my dad would make his way to the snack bar, returning to the car with boxes of popcorn and sodas in divided cardboard carrying trays just in time for the movie to start.
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You could usually hear a ripple of applause and muffled cheers when the opening credits started to roll. After all the anticipation, however, it wasn't long till the youngsters were asleep in the back seat of the car, and mom and dad could enjoy the main feature.
I continued to go to the drive-in even as a newlywed in the late 1960s. There was one near our apartment complex in Grand Prairie, Texas, and it was cheap entertainment for us when we were in college. Unfortunately, with the advent of the mall and the multiplex theater, drive-ins lost their appeal. Most closed and fell into disrepair and were eventually razed, although a few abandoned screens remain in a seas of weeds and speaker poles.
After reading that drive-in theaters are making a come-back, I was thrilled to learn that a brand new one will be opening here in Fort Worth in July. Coyote Theaters leased a large parcel of land on the banks of the Trinity River and is building three screens that will show movies in digital format. Moviegoers will be able to watch from their cars, rent cabanas or set up chairs in pavilions. Movie soundtracks will be played through state-of-the-art speakers in the cabanas and pavilions or through car radios. Each screen will have space for 250 to 500 cars, and admission will be $6 to $8 per person.