Grand River Drive-In
6200 Grand River Parkway,
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Previously operated by: Coyote Theatres
Functions: Movies (First Run)
Previous Names: Coyote Drive-In
Located on I 20 next to the Outlet Shops of Grand River at Exit 140, Leeds Alabama, the Coyote Drive opened on Thursday, May 5, 2016.
This was the second location for this company. The first opened in 2013 in Fort Worth TX. The Coyote Drive-In was closed at the end of the 2018 season. It reopened on July 3, 2019 as the Grand River Drive-In, but closed on July 14, 2019 for improvements to be carried out. It was reopened for the 2021 season.
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Didn’t all the equipment at this theater get auctioned off a few months ago?
AL.com reported yesterday, “Leeds’ Grand River Drive-In is planning a day of events to re-open the entertainment venue July 3. Formerly known as the Coyote, the Grand River Drive-In is just one facet of The Backyard at Grand River, a project of Hunter Lake, the developer behind the Avondale Brewing Co. and Saw’s.”
Re-opened as the Grand River Drive-In July 3, 2019 and closed July 14, 2019 for improvements which apparently were never completed.
Apparently this theater is now open and has been for some time. An article on the al.com site about the Sidewalk Film Festival states that it will be returning to its downtown venues, the Alabama and Lyric Theaters, after relocating to the Grand River Drive In during the pandemic year of 2020. A look at the website for the drive in shows that they are now open with all four screens seven days a week.
They have gotten their FB page up and running and scrolling back it appears that they were open on weekends throughout the winter with programs of what new movies were available plus past movies and live events. The full menu Snack Shack is also open for lunch serving shoppers at the adjacent outlet mall and there is also a BBQ restaurant, playground, dog walk park, and miniature golf available.
This is great news, and hopefully it will be able to ride the Covid inspired drive in resurgence to continued full time operation. The fact that it now seems to be under the same management or possibly ownership umbrella as the Grand River Outlet Mall should help as its ability to draw in customers might make it a more viable business model than a stand alone operation.
Can someone get some pictures of this theater?