3141 S. Walton Walker Boulevard,
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When it opened in 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 ads, 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 theater 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.
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 theaters.
The Astro Drive-In was not far from other area theaters, two General Cinema theaters and a United Artists theater. 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 theater in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.
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