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Drive-in brings outdoor movie viewing back to the Metroplex

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Photo by Gerald E. McLeod

Coyote Drive-In in Fort Worth brings alfresco movie viewing back to the Metroplex. It has been at least 20 years since the Fort Worth-Dallas area has had its own outdoor movie theatre.

Up until Mother's Day weekend, folks who wanted the nostalgic fun of watching a film from the back of a pickup under the stars had to drive to Gatesville, Granbury, or Ennis. There has been a resurgence of sorts, with 19 outdoor theatres still operating around the state. It's a far cry from the peak of nearly 400 drive-ins during the Sixties.

The Coyote Drive-In is on the north bank of the Trinity River in a developing entertainment district called the Trinity Uptown, already occupied by the minor league baseball team's stadium. The lights of the downtown skyline provide a backdrop for one of the three screens.

It would be a bit of a stretch to call the theatre's concession stand food "gourmet," but it is better than average. The signature Coyote Burger comes with a tasty covering of sweet peppers. The kitchen also makes a pretty good Natchitoches (La.) meat pie. You've got to give the management credit on their selection of adult beverages; it includes beer from Real Ale Brewery in Blanco.

Coyote Drive-In is at 223 NE Fourth St., a few blocks off North Main Street in Fort Worth. To see what's showing, go to www.coyotedrive-in.com.

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