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The Drive-In Theater in Kingwood Is Back in Business

The drive-in movie scene was pretty cool back in the day. At least The Outsiders made it seem that way.

John Baxter thinks that scene still has some life. He recently purchased a drive-in about ten miles north of Kingwood. Baxter is calling the place the Kingwood Drive-In Theatre, but the facility previously operated as the Star Track Drive-In, which has been closed since last summer.

The Kingwood Theatre, which has two screens, opens this Friday, showing Don't Mess with the Zohan and Kung-Foo Panda. The venue opens at 7:30 p.m. and the movies start at 8:45 p.m. Admission is $5 for kids, $7 for adults. Baxter says about 300 cars can park in the venue, and an additional 300 people can fit in the on-site Tex-Mex restaurant, the Santa Fe Café.

If you don't care about going to the drive-in, you can still use the subject as another reason to puff out your chest and wave a Texas flag. According to this Web site, the third drive-in ever opened in Galveston in 1934. And during the 1950s, golden years for the outdoor theater, Texas had more than any state.

There are only about 20 of the theaters left in Texas, and Baxter, who worked as the projectionist and general manager of the Star Track, says he expects the Kingwood Theatre to do well. Of course, with gas at $4 a gallon, a drive-in anything might be considered a luxury. – Paul Knight

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