Day Trips

Drive-in brings outdoor movie viewing back to the Metroplex

Day Trips
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

1,138th in a series. Collect them all. Day Trips, Vol. 2, a book of "Day Trips," is available for $8.95, plus $3.05 for shipping, handling, and tax. Mail to: Day Trips, PO Box 33284, South Austin, TX 78704.

A note to readers: Bold and uncensored, The Austin Chronicle has been Austin’s independent news source for almost 40 years, expressing the community’s political and environmental concerns and supporting its active cultural scene. Now more than ever, we need your support to continue supplying Austin with independent, free press. If real news is important to you, please consider making a donation of $5, $10 or whatever you can afford, to help keep our journalism on stands.

Support the Chronicle  

More Day Trips
Day Trips: Eagle Eye Observatory
Day Trips: Eagle Eye Observatory
Keep an eye on the night sky

Gerald E. McLeod, May 24, 2019

Day Trips: Fort Velasco
Day Trips: Fort Velasco
A beach town of historic proportions

Gerald E. McLeod, May 17, 2019


Round Rock Express, Omaha Storm Chasers, Dell Diamond

One click gets you all the newsletters listed below

Breaking news, arts coverage, and daily events

Can't keep up with happenings around town? We can help.

Austin's queerest news and events

Updates for SXSW 2019

All questions answered (satisfaction not guaranteed)

Information is power. Support the free press, so we can support Austin.   Support the Chronicle