Rediscovering The Beautiful Nostalgia of Texas’ Drive-in Theaters

By Donna Long

Comanche, Texas was home to the first Texas drive-in which was opened in 1921 by Claude Caver. Movie goers parked bumper to bumper to watch ‘silent films’ from their cars. As movies transitioned from silent films to ‘speaking’ films the use of speakers and radios on towers and placed behind the movie screen became popular.

As time went by and theaters with cushy seats, massive screens, and expansive indoor concession stands were built, interest in ‘the outdoor’ movie experience waned. Most of the drive-in movie theaters closed and those that managed to remain open became known as ‘retro’ or ‘vintage,’ drawing the boomer crowd.

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