3141 S. Walton Walker Boulevard,
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Previously operated by: McLendon Theaters
When it opened on October 2, 1968, the Astro Drive-In was the world’s first fully automated drive-in, but it became known for having the largest screen in the Western Hemisphere. The screen measured nine stories tall and was 140 feet wide.
Because of its size and unique character, the Astro Drive-In was often used as background for print advertisements, TV commercials, TV shows, and motion pictures filmed in Dallas/Fort Worth.
Since the Astro Drive-In was located about 7 miles directly south of Texas Stadium, the home stadium of the Dallas Cowboys, the theatre regularly hosted Cowboy players and their friends, as well as notable television and feature talent who were working on location in the Dallas area. They all seemed to enjoy the old time feel of the Astro Drive-In. A 3rd screen was added on August 16, 1969.
When “Grease” was re-released several years ago, the Astro Drive-In had the fifth-highest gross in the south, an impressive feat considering the grossing potential of modern multiplex theatres.
The Astro Drive-In was not far from other area theatres, two General Cinema theatres and a United Artists theatre. Many of the Astro’s patrons absolutely loved the idea that GCC and UA went out of business, but the Astro Drive-In continued to thrive.
Until it was destroyed by fire on the night before Thanksgiving in 1998, the Astro Drive-In was the last operating drive-in in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.
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