A Howling Success

Coyote Drive-In

Kendall Morgan
July 09, 2013

Coyote Drive-In, 223 NE 4th St., Fort Worth, 817.717.7767; coyotedrive-in.com

Designed to appeal to nostalgic boomers, rowdy tweens and haute hipsters alike, Coyote Drive-In conjures up the charm of a bygone era, albeit one that includes the existence of state-of-the-art digital projectors. Inhabiting a 20-acre former parking lot on the banks of the Trinity, the Fort Worth drive-in theater boasts three screens (two 60’-by-90’ and one 54’-by-60’) devoted to first-run double features along with a playground, tin-roofed picnic pavilion and space left over for food trucks and live bands. Simply motor in, pop open the back of your SUV, get comfy and dial in the soundtrack on the FM radio, old-school style. Created by serial entrepreneur Brady Wood (of the Green Room, Trees and Gypsy Tea Room) and his partner, Glenn Solomon, the Coyote’s draw is such that concessions can sell out before the opening credits roll. Moviegoers are advised to purchase tickets in advance, and soon they’ll be able to order popcorn, burgers, pizzas, craft beers and wine on the drive-in’s iPhone app, since bringing in refreshments is strictly verboten. Open 365 days a year, the Coyote is adding a real-deal hitching post in coming months, so cowboy cinemaniacs can ride Old Paint onto the premises. Wood and Solomon are finalizing plans for a Dallas satellite in 2014.