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Enjoy Drive-In Drama at These Four Throwback Theaters

By Valirie Morgan 6.6.16

Let’s wax nostalgic for a minute, back to the days of poodle skirts and jukeboxes, when the drive-in theater was the place to be on a Friday or Saturday night.

Nowadays, it may seem like drive-in movies are a thing of the past. But think again! June 6 is National Drive-In Movie Day, so celebrate with a trip to some places that keep this tradition alive and well in Texas. We just can’t condone stuffing an extra passenger in the trunk!

Sandell Drive-In, Clarendon

A testament to the greatness of the drive-in, Sandell originally opened in 1955, but it was redone and reopened in 2002. Staying true to its roots with a single screen and frequent showings of classic films, it touts a reputation for the “best burgers in the Panhandle.”

The Showboat Drive-In, Hockley

Just 45 minutes from Houston, this blast from the past allows adults, kids, and even pets to enjoy a double feature every weekend. Among today’s offerings are a snack bar and digital projection system to showcase new releases.

Big Sky Drive-In, Midland

This cinema under the stars shows double features on three screens nightly. Known for its famous “Chihuahua Sandwich” — tostadas loaded with homemade chili, onions, shredded cabbage, and pimento cheese — it satisfies both movie lovers and chow hounds.

Galaxy Drive-In, Ennis

Retro mixes with modern on Galaxy’s seven screens, two of which show films in 3D. Moviegoers can listen along over their car radio, or get the authentic drive-in experience with vintage window speakers. A putt-putt course, two snack bars, and live music add to the fun.

With school out for summer, keep your kids active and outdoors with these tips from Texas Heritage for Living®, and check out these June events for fun travel hints.