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Drive-in Movie Theater Opens in Buda With Thrillingly Good Lineup

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Aiming to capture a younger, family-oriented market, a new drive-in movie theater has opened in Buda, in the Texas Hill Country. Chris Denny, the drive-in owner, is hoping to provide younger audiences with the type of experiences he had after discovering a drive-in theater in his teenage years.

“If you bring a date you can actually talk with them,” Denny told kxan.com. “You bring the family, you can talk with them, interact with them.” The two-screen operation called Doc’s Drive In Theatre opened on Friday, October 12 on Buda’s east side with double features of “Rear Window” and “The Addams Family” on one screen and “The Addams Family” and “Goonies” on the other. Leading up to Halloween, Doc’s showed movies such as “Beetlejuice,” “House on Haunted Hill,” “Sleepy Hollow,” and “Ghost.” More great classic films are coming up in the weekends ahead. The theater promises a delightful time for parents and grandparents to relive their favorite moviegoing experiences while the kids get to see these blockbusters of yesteryear for the first time!

Drive-in Movie Theater Opens in Buda With Thrillingly Good Lineup

Photo: Facebook/Doc’s Drive In Theatre

Denny has worked for two years to bring his project to fruition in Buda. Doc’s Drive In Theatre has 43 car spaces at each screen. The screens themselves were created with stacked shipping containers which were then covered with metal sheeting, followed by screen paint. He also has future plans for three on-site, movie-themed tiny houses available for overnight rental in addition to an underground speakeasy bar, which he foresees as being placed between the two drive-in screens.

Drive-in Movie Theater Opens in Buda With Thrillingly Good Lineup

Photo: Facebook/Doc’s Drive In Theatre

Today, just 321 drive-ins remain in existence in America, down from their peak of 4,063 back in 1958. Denny discovered the attraction with a group of friends when he was younger, and in completing his market research for this project in Buda, he came across a good number of others who shared similar nostalgia which he held for these movie-venue dinosaurs of days-gone-by. “It’s always a happy memory, a happy story, so we just wanted to create those memories and share it with everybody else,” he explained to kxan.com