Unlike attending the opera on an African elephant, drive-ins afford cinema lovers a view free of sight-obscuring tusks. Celebrate clear lines of cinematic sights with today’s Groupon: for $9, you get admission (good for an entire carload) to a double feature at The Brazos Drive-In Theatre, located in Granbury (up to an $18 value). Double features show each Friday and Saturday; show times start at dusk (recommended time to show up is about 30-45 minutes before dark).
Since 1952, The Brazos Drive-In has been Granbury’s year-round go-to spot to catch the latest cinema on its massive outdoor screen while cozied within the comfort of your own ride. Admission to the historical venue is by the carload (six person max, $4 for each additional person), so invite the spouse, the 2.5 kids, the ambassador to Finland, and the dog, which counts as half of a kid. Mobile movie buffs can check The Brazos’ online schedule every week to see what films they’ll be showing, whether it’s a rip-roaring comedy or goosebump-raising horror flick. Hungry film frequenters can run over to the retro, checkered-floor snack bar to snack on buttery popcorn and sip on sodas.
As one of the few remaining Texas drive-ins, The Brazos was recently named to Preservation Texas’s most endangered places list. Help keep this state treasure alive and thriving by watching movies in your Model T motor home with today’s Groupon to The Brazos Drive-In Theatre.
Dogs allowed, but must be on a leash at all times.
Although The Brazos Drive-In Theatre has limited online reviews, it was mentioned in a CBS News piece on the decline of drive-ins, and is listed as one of Texas’s Most Endangered Places because of that decline. However, The Brazos has more than 8,800 Facebook fans: > * At their peak in the 50s there were more than 4,000 drive-in theaters in America, 388 in Texas, but that 388 dwindled to 11 in the year 2000, but is now back up to 21. Now Texas is the epicenter of the drive-in boom. The Showboat in Hockley is just the latest. Business is booming at the old Texas drive-ins, too, like the Brazos, open since 1952. – Sean Alfano, CBS News > * The Brazos continues to serve as a community gathering place, attractive to families and young people. – Preservation Texas
The Brazos Drive-in Theatre
Since 1952, the family-operated lot at The Brazos Drive-in Theatre has invited carloads of movie-lovers to kill their engines, tune their radios to 89.1 FM, and recline as far as their seats allow for the evening’s double features. The historic theatre is the longest continually running drive-in in Texas, and was almost obliterated near to its 50th anniversary when a tornado rampaged through the lot, ripping half of the screen apart and saving the audience from a Rob Schneider film. Refurbished to its former glory, the recently upgraded digital screen now lights up against the darkening sky to show premier films.