Astro Drive-In

3141 S. Walton Walker Boulevard,
Dallas, TX 75211

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Pawnshop
Pawnshop on June 27, 2013 at 11:10 am

I went there to see Terminator 2 just for the experience. The sound was broadcast with a weak FM signal that we could just pick up in the car, and I remember it was so cold out that we had to run the engine for heat a couple of times. I went to the concession stand for a dog and Coke and was a bit disappointed when the girl nuked it for me, but it was still cool. A couple pulled up a few slots over in an early 50’s shoebox Ford and when they got out to smoke a cigarette I noticed he was dressed like James Dean, ducktail and all and she was wearing a poodle skirt. I assumed they were an older couple reliving their youth, but when a car pulled in and swept them with their head lights I noticed the couple could not have been more than 25 years old! They looked like they stepped right out of Rebel Without a Cause. I am sure they were real but that is the sort of thing that might make a guy think he was seeing ghosts. A memorable night and the last Drive-In I attended

jwmovies
jwmovies on September 4, 2012 at 2:30 am

It is not South Walton Walker, just Walton Walker.

Driveintheatre2001
Driveintheatre2001 on January 17, 2012 at 7:16 pm

Here’s a few of my photos of the ASTRO Drive In Theatre, right before & after it was demolished. Seen Here: RAC Photography ASTRO DRIVE IN .. ENJOY!

Randy A Carlisle

matt54
matt54 on November 22, 2010 at 3:08 pm

Address either is wrong, or perhaps google maps has a glitch; at any rate, map link takes you to Walton Walker and Illinois; the Astro was not at this location, it was at Loop 12 (Walton Walker) and Kiest Blvd. (see link to opening night ad, below).

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In google maps aerial view, the remains of a three-screen drive-in are clearly visible in the triangle of land formed by Walton Walker on the east, Duncanville Rd. on the west, and Kiest on the south.

Christinada5
Christinada5 on April 9, 2008 at 2:08 pm

I remember the Astro as kid growing up in the mid to late 80’s. Actually saw Batman there. A few years ago, after the fire happened, I drove by there only to see 3 huge screens in a deserted field. It looked like something out of a old western movie. I even remember the talk, back at the time about rebuilding. Since I’ve been doing a little research, it also seems to me that the number one reason drive-ins don’t rebuild or reopen is due to the property being too valuable. One would think that with all the state of the art movie theaters that are being built today, creating a drive-in would be no problem. But I guess it’s a matter of economics.

jamestx234
jamestx234 on July 18, 2007 at 3:03 am

Here are some photos taken during the filming of Norman Rockwell’s “Breaking Home Ties” at The Astro in October 1987. The TV movie stars Jason Robards,Doug McKeon and Local actor Jerry Haynes(Mr Peppermint).Filming took place in and around Dallas and Waxahachie Texas.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/10104100@N04/

texas25th
texas25th on February 4, 2007 at 4:27 pm

This drive in is now gone it was decimated by fire In November of 1998 and later torn down .Randy took these On 2/2/1999 and 2/7/1999 It was located at Kiest, Ledbetter and Duncanville roads

Some fantasic photos of this great drive-in during its final days!

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thebrimmmuseum
thebrimmmuseum on April 16, 2005 at 8:15 pm

new cars have headlights that stay on all the time (or ast least mine does. anyone know how this will work at the drive in today? i’d love to go to the galaxy but would this be a problem?

rivest266
rivest266 on April 15, 2005 at 3:25 pm

This drive-in opened August 2nd, 1969

I have posted the grand opening ad at View link

DriveInTheatre2001
DriveInTheatre2001 on January 6, 2005 at 9:16 am

Well, as of Now, They plan to stay open 7 Days a week. Weather Permitting. Keep a Check on there website for updates and so on.. www.galaxydriveintheatre.com

Lets go down to the Lobby
Lets go down to the Lobby
Lets go down to the Lobby….
To get ourselves a Treat.!!
Come on out to The Galaxy Drive In Theatre. 2 Movies for the Price on ONE.!!

Randy Carlisle

thebrimmmuseum
thebrimmmuseum on January 6, 2005 at 3:52 am

randy thank you for the information.ndo you know what their sxchedule is going to be?

DriveInTheatre2001
DriveInTheatre2001 on January 5, 2005 at 4:39 pm

Yes!! There is a New Drive In now OPEN located in Garrett Texas. It is 20 miles south of Interstate 20 ON Interstate 45. At the Garrett Exit.. It opened on December 17th of 2004. Had a real good turnout. The busiest nite so far was last Saturday nite, January 1st of 2005!. All 3 screens were almost to capacity.!! Come on Down to the Galaxy Drive In.!! 2 Movies for the Price of One. Their Website is … www.galaxydriveintheatre.com

Randy Carlisle
Photographer of Drive Ins and Walk In Theatres

thebrimmmuseum
thebrimmmuseum on January 5, 2005 at 1:55 pm

did ya’ll know that a new drive in has opened up in ellis county? it’s in a small town called garret. i think the name is the galaxy but i’m not sure. there was an article in the dallas morning news last month about theur opening. i’m not sure of their schedule this time of the year but it will definetly be full time once spring gets here. sounded like multi-screen and is only showing :“family” movies. also heard another new one opened up some where in west texas. just thought you might like to know

RWPeterson
RWPeterson on January 2, 2005 at 1:12 am

The correct address for the ASTRO was
3141 South Walaton Walker
Dallas, Texas
Richard Peterson

DriveInTheatre2001
DriveInTheatre2001 on June 23, 2004 at 7:08 pm

The Astro Drive In had 3 Screens. The #3 Screen was the one that measured 9 stories tall and 140 feet wide. I was there a Month before it burned. It was still a nice Drive In and the Employees were nice too. An unfortunate and sad day for Drive In fans around the Dallas/Ft.Worth Area….

Randy Carlisle … Walk In & Drive In Theatres Photographer

thebrimmmuseum
thebrimmmuseum on May 24, 2004 at 12:47 pm

thanks for remembering the astro. iwe hung out there during high school (1971-1973) and for many years afterwards but eventually forgot about it., a couple yearts before the end i was driving by on loop 12 and the marquee caught my eye. i went back that night and contiuned until the end. i made all my friends go and they bitched about it until we got there they they rememberd the magic even though in the end the lights from the near by auto auction ruined the darkness that made the drive so special.