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New drive-in theater planned along Trinity north of downtown Fort Worth

by Meredith Carlton | Feb 22, 2012
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The drive-in will feature three screens, an open-air cabana and views of the Fort Worth skyline.

By MEREDITH CARLTON

Staff Writer

mcarlton@dallasnews.com

Published: 22 February 2012 01:47 PM

Coyote Drive In Theate in Trinity Uptown - Fort Worth TexasThis summer, movie lovers could take a step back to the past, watching first-run films from their cars in the heart of Fort Worth .

A new drive-in theater, one of a handful in North Texas, could be up and running by Memorial Day after the Tarrant Regional Water District gave Coyote Theaters the go-ahead to build Tuesday.

The theater will be just north of downtown in the planned Trinity Uptown development. The water district agreed to lease the mostly vacant land off North Main Street to the company for 10 years.

Brady Wood, Coyote’s chief executive officer, said the location is ideal.

“To have a drive-in in an urban setting is very unique,” he said. “It's in the shadow of a populated downtown, but it's quiet.”

Wood said the “updated, upgraded, boutique drive-in” will feature three screens, with an option for a fourth.

The theater will accommodate theater-goers with or without cars, thanks to cabanas and a pavilion complete with fans and misters, and there will be hitching posts for those who arrive on horseback.

There are also plans to pipe in bilingual soundtracks for viewers.

“We're working to transmit Spanish and English at the same time,” Wood said. “We'd be the first theater to do that.”

The theater also hopes to allow patrons to use their smartphones to order food and beverages from gourmet food trucks and an on-site kitchen.

Wood said he got the idea to open a drive-in after he took his family to one and had a blast.

“I believe drive-ins offer one of the best values for family entertainment,” he said.

Tickets will cost $6 to $8 for adults.