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Hardwick Elementary

October 28th, 2013
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Hardwick Elementary had a BIG SCREEN Event with their Fall Festival Fundraiser last week. Lots of people creating incredible memories (and raising lots of money to benefit the kids). Consider letting us serve your organization or school.

Construction!

October 23rd, 2013
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Hey Wheelies -- We had to make a sudden executive decision to be closed tonight and tomorrow night to complete some major re-paving work on our main drive. We will open again on Friday and be open our usual 5 day schedule next week. (Wed - Sun) Thanks for understanding...We apologize for any inconvenience.

 

$5 Tickets Night

September 25th, 2013
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Wednesday night tickets are just $5 per person through the fall. (This bill is from the 1950s)

New Braunfels Press Release

September 25th, 2013
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New Braunfels chosen as home for
second Stars & Stripes Drive-In Theatre

 

Movie-goers can ‘load up’ for a slice of Americana in summer 2014

 

New Braunfels, Texas--A piece of Americana culture is being reclaimed in New Braunfels, in part due to the city’s willingness to embrace what is special from the past.

 

“There’s no other place in Texas that truly embraces its culture and history like New Braunfels,” said Ryan Smith, president of Star & Stripes Drive-In Theatre in Lubbock, and co-owner with father Charles Smith on the soon-to-be-open theater in New Braunfels.  “Mix it with the city’s family-centered atmosphere, and it became the right town for a new drive-in theatre to call home. 

 

Slated to open the summer of 2014, Stars & Stripes Drive-In Theatre will show digital first-run double-features nightly and be open year-round.  Two of the screen towers will measure over 90 feet wide and be the largest movie screens in Texas.  Located on 30 acres close to the intersection of FM 1101 and Kroesche Lane, about one mile from Freiheit Country Store and 9-pin bowling club, it will be the only drive-in theatre within a 150-mile radius of New Braunfels.

 

“It's a beautiful and convenient location, plus you can see the stars out there,” said Smith.  Families and friends will enjoy watching bright digital projection from inside the comfort of their own car or outside in lawn chairs.   Because the drive-in theatre has always been more than just a movie going experience, Stars & Stripes will serve Rockin' Eats from their 50’s Cafe,  and guests can enjoy the patio and playground areas.

“Yes, similar to favorite nostalgic movies like Grease, kids can swing on the swings and watch their movie,” reminisced Smith.  At Stars & Stripes you will have the freedom to watch movies the way you want. 

 

Unlike the traditional drive-in theater sound, which was piped through a speaker box outside the vehicle, patrons now tune their FM stereo dial to a specific frequency and enjoy sound from their vehicle’s stereo speakers. “It’s much nicer—the sound is crisp and clean,” said Smith.

 

Although 21st century technology has vastly improved the viewing experience, the nostalgia of a drive-in runs deep into childhood for many.

 

“Mike and I had our first date at the Tower Drive In. It was the place we hung out on Friday nights—and it holds special memories for us,” said Linda Dietert, New Braunfels native and director of The Sophienburg Museum and Archives.

 

Smith tapped The Sophienburg for history of New Braunfels. “Ryan reached out to us, and we were able to share photos and background of The Tower Drive-In, which was located on Elliot Knox directly across from where the New Braunfels 9th grade center is now. On grand opening day in 1950, each patron got a free pack of Beechnut gum,” said Dietert.   Many in New Braunfels hold fond memories of The Tower Drive-In.

 

“The drive-in experience still appeals to many people because it combines the escapism of movies, cars, good food, and time spent outdoors.  This uniquely American experience can only be enjoyed at the drive-in theatre,” said Smith. “The Stars & Stripes Drive-In Theatre is in business to share the joy of creating lasting memories together.  We have proudly served Lubbock for the last 10 years, and we are excited to become part of the New Braunfels community.  We continue to meet people that will drive hundreds of miles to go down memory lane and create new memories at a drive-in. ”

 

In an effort to capture those experiences, Smith is asking drive-in fans to share their favorite drive-in memories on the Stars & Stripes New Braunfels Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/StarsandStripesNewBraunfels) to capture a history and culture that may be fading.

 

Drive-in theaters across the nation have declined from about 4,000 in 1950 to 370 today. As the motion picture industry moves from 35 millimeter film to all digital movies, drive-ins that have not upgraded to digital projection will find themselves without movies to show.

 

“We are inspired by the many owners across the country who are working hard to keep the drive-in tradition alive,” said Smith. "The drive-in theatre is so special that we decided to reclaim it and share the experience with a new generation.  New Braunfels is the right place and it is the right time.”

 

 

Jaws (1975)

September 20th, 2013
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Jaws (1975), one of the all-time greatest drive-in movies, will show FIVE TIMES this week. Experience it on the big screen while you can!

Fall Hours

September 9th, 2013
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We have started our fall hours and are open Wednesday through Sunday. (Closed Monday & Tuesday until Christmas break) WEDNESDAY is now $5 tickets through the fall.

 

New Braunfels News!

September 6th, 2013
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**BIG NEWS! Second location opening soon.**Stars & Stripes is opening in the beautiful town of New Braunfels, TX for the summer of 2014. We are excited to bring the drive-in theatre experience back to families in the Austin & San Antonio region. http://facebook.com/starsandstripesnewbraunfels

Save the Sky-Vue

September 6th, 2013
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Please vote for our friends at the Sky-Vue Drive-In Theatre (Lamesa, TX) to win a digital projection system and stay open. This theatre opened in 1948 and inspired us to open Stars & Stripes. They are in the running to win! Click the link to vote or text VOTE54 to 444999. You can vote every day!

 

Our Story

September 2nd, 2013
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After reflecting on our 10 year anniversary, we thought this might be a good time to share our history with our Wheelies.Our drive-in story goes all the way back to 1948 when my grandfather started the Sky-Vue Drive-In Theatre in Lamesa, TX. I grew up hearing great stories about the people, the events, and the food that made this small west Texas business the pride of the town. While experiencing my first drive-in movie at the Sky-Vue in June of 2002, I felt a calling to share this slice of Americana.In January of 2003 we purchased a Lubbock cotton farm, and on August 21st Stars & Stripes Drive-In Theatre started showing double-features and serving Rockin' Eats TM. Many incredible people have believed in our vision of a modern, family-friendly drive-in theatre experience. We are forever grateful for the patronage and support. We consider it an honor to help reclaim this unique part of American history and to serve you a better way to watch a movie. Whether you want to load up the family wagon, hang out with friends, or plan a date under the stars, we invite you to enjoy making lasting memories with us.See you at the drive-in!