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Down In Front – The Brazos Drive In

Down In Front – The Brazos Drive In

Last Saturday, I had the pleasure of going to my first drive in movie at The Brazos Drive In Theatre in Granbury, TX. I have to say, I could not have picked a better place for this experience.

The Brazos Drive In Theater was established in 1952 and has been in continuous service since. There hasn’t been many changes to the establishment since its opening, besides adding more bathrooms around the 1970’s. When you step into the concession area, it is almost as if you are stepping back in time!

The Brazos is open year round and rarely closes unless there is extreme weather
conditions. A tornado happened to rip through around the beginning of the millennium, but shortly after that, they were back to business as usual.

The theater prides itself on being family-fun and family oriented. Most of the films shown are rated PG, PG-13, or G. Occasionally, they have run R-rated movies but only if that movie is in the upper top ten and if there are no other PG rated movies available. We happened to catch How To Train Your Dragon and Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief, which were both excellent. There is a grassy area in front of the screen where kids could throw the football back and forth, play frisbee, or just generally run around.

We arrived at around 6:30pm and were glad that we did. The Brazos is definitely not in danger of going out of business any time soon for lack of attendance. It was almost completely full by the time the movie started. We found a great parking spot, settled in, tuned our radio to 89.1 FM, and waited for the movies to start. I admit, I was more than a little excited.

When dusk arrived, the movies began and I was enthralled. There was no delay between what was showing on the screen and the sound coming from the car radio. The screen was giant and the images were clear and crisp.

I was thankful that the manager, Brenda, who has worked at The Brazos for about fifteen years, took the time to speak with me. It was clear during our conversation that she certainly loves working for such a wonderful and interesting theater. I asked her what her favorite part about working at The Brazos was and she stated that it was the fact that children she had seen come with their parents, came back when they were teenagers on dates, and again later as parents of their own children. She poignantly stated that a lot of people who grew up around the drive in take it for granted because they have always had it, but she was glad to see someone excited about drive in movie theaters. In her opinion, it was the best way to see movies. I wholeheartedly agree. I fell in love with Drive In movies instantly that night and now I wonder if I will ever be able to go to a regular movie theater again!

I was incredibly impressed with The Brazos theater and truly enjoyed seeing my first drive in movie there. If you ever find yourself in the Granbury area, I highly recommend that you visit this fine establishment.

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Stephanie Stebbins Stephanie Stebbins is a native of Virginia Beach, VA but is currently living in the land of poofy bangs and bitchin’ Camaros that is Fort Worth, Texas. She is married to a United States Navy service member and has two children she affectionately refers to as Thing One and Thing Two. Currently she is a blogger: http://stephinfectionisinyourhead.blogspot.com but plans on world domination as all bloggers secretly do. She thoroughly enjoys tomatoes, but is not a fan of liver.


  1. Being a Brit I’ve never been to a drive-in cinema. Sounds fun! Also, didn’t know until reading this how you heard the sound track! If we had drive-ins over here they wouldn’t get much business – with our weather…….

  2. It was definitely fun! Before they were able to use radio stations for the sound, you used to put a speaker in the window of your car. I think through the radio works much better. It’s a bummer you guys don’t have any. Thanks for reading and commenting!

  3. I grew up there and loved going to that Drive in. I have been to a couple of other ones here and there, but none can compare to the Brazos. I wish I still lived there so I could take my kids.

  4. My wife and I spent an evening there a couple years ago and it was entertaining even before the movie started. A pickup truck pulling a gooseneck trailer came in full of sofas and recliner chairs.They parked in one of the back rows, parallel to the screen and stared arangeing the furniture on the trailer. Shortly the trailer was full of young folks, relaxing on the sofas, etc. turned out they were from Tarleton State University. We got a kick out of that.

  5. I saw Star Wars for the first time at a drive-in movie in Oregon. My daughter was just a baby and we didn’t want to leave her with a sitter. It was a great movie and a great theater. Imagine seeing the printed words from the beginniing of Star Wars on a giant outdoor movie screen. I think the popcorn is better at drive-ins too! Thanks for the trip down memory lane. I am also happy to see there are drive-in movies still in operation.


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