Cowtown Drive-In

2245 Jacksboro Highway,
Fort Worth, TX 76114

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The Cowtown Drive-In opened on September 2, 1950. It ran third run movies. The rear of the screen tower had a painted mural of a steer, with the Fort Worth skline in the background. When first opened, patrons drove up to the ticket office and were served by long-legged cowgirls dressed in Texas regalia!

The Cowtown Drive-In featured a childrens playground and in-car heaters, and had a capacity for 950 cars.

It was closed in the 1980’s.

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Recent comments (view all 7 comments)

dannyh on January 20, 2007 at 1:49 pm

It was out on Jacksboro Hwy.(199), and had a huge Longhorn steer on the screen tower. Last time I was there it was an auto-auction or wrecking yard type business.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on April 4, 2010 at 1:44 pm

There is an article about the Cowtown Drive-In in the February 3, 1951, issue of Boxoffice. It was owned by Southwest Theatres, a company headed by C. A. Richter, who had opened the first drive-in in Texas in the late 1930s.

The Cowtown Drive-In was designed by Harvey A. Jordan, who was also the contractor. The owners and the designer posed in front of the screen tower for a photo that appeared as the frontispiece of the Modern Theatre section of the same issue of Boxoffice.

TLSLOEWS on May 8, 2010 at 1:02 pm

Great name for a drive-in in Texas.

LarryFM on February 19, 2012 at 3:27 pm

BIG KUDOS to whomever posted the above pic of the Cowtown Drive-In Theatre! Along with the matching nighttime shot, the other daytime shot at the ‘Fort Worth…the Way We Were’ website, and the shot in Boxoffice Magazine, it has become the most photographed drive-in theatre in Fort Worth. If I may ask, where was it found? Thanks, again!

malcolmdbc39 on February 7, 2014 at 11:24 am

Mr. Vogel, your URL does not work. Has it changed.

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