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Avalanche Journal: Bill Kerns - Stars & Stripes Drive-In Birthday

August 19th, 2015

Wednesday, August 19th, we are celebrating 12 years of bringing our unique and family oriented experience to the Lubbock area. Check out this article written by Bill Kerns at the Avalanche Journal!

National Drive-In Movie Day

December 3rd, 2014


National Drive-In Movie Day

Earlier this year Daniel Horsch came out and celebrated 81 years of drive-ins with us. He shared our story and some history of drive-ins, in America. June 6, 2014 was National Drive-In Movie Day, and Daniel took pictures, and shared the experience he had with us.

Check out his article as well as the many other places in Lubbock, Texas to visit.


A life made simple: Stars & Stripes Drive-In Theatre

December 3rd, 2014



Rantin 'n Raven: A life made simple

These wonderful people are the Wood Clan. They are a Canadian family that travels the North American Continent during the off season of the national parks. They have many stories and visited many places. In 2013 we were lucky enough to host these three at our drive-in and share our very special movie going experience with them.

Check out their blog about us, as well as their other travels around America and Mexico.


Kerns: Lubbock's Stars and Stripes third best drive-in in USA

December 2nd, 2014




Lubbock Avalanche-Journal with Bill Kerns

Recently, the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, published and article about the Stars & Stripes Drive-In Theatre, written by Bill Kerns. It mentioned our current rating on the website TripAdvisor, as well as part of our story, excitement, and some of Lubbock's top rated attractions.

Check out the full article posted on the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal website.


Ranked the #3 Drive-In Theatre on TripAdvisor in 2014

December 2nd, 2014




Lubbock is home to one of the top rated drive-in theatres in the country. The others that were ranked 1 & 2 have been open since the 1950s.

High fives and honks all around to our team and to the guests that enjoy making memories with us. Considering all the special drive-ins in the USA, we are honored to be included on this list.

Take a look at our mention on TripAdvisor!


The Day Tripper with Chet Garner visits Lubbock

December 2nd, 2014



The Day Tripper with Chet Garner

Earlier this year we had the honor of being mentioned and shown on a very special show, The Day Tripper with Chet Garner. He visited our beautiful city of Lubbock, Texas and shared with us just some of the many destinations and heritage that we have to offer here in this amazing city. We are proud to be part of this city's destination spots and would love to share our experience with anyone that lives in or visits Lubbock. Thanks you to our Team and Guests for allowing us to continue to provide a fun, unique, family experience.

U.S.A. Drive-In Rankings

July 31st, 2014

Lubbock is home to one of the top drive-in theatres in the country. The others that were ranked 1 & 2 have been open since the 1950s. WOW! Condsidering all the special drive-ins in the U.S.A., we are honored to be included in the list. High fives and a round of honks to our team and to the guests who enjoy making memories with us! Check it out on TripsAdvisor's website.   

Article on Preserving Americana

June 3rd, 2014
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There is something special about going to a drive-in theater – something nostalgic, something classic. The idea of the drive-in theater started in 1933, though they didn’t gain in popularity until the ‘50s, after World War II. At one point in our history, there were 5,000 drive-ins across the United States. Now there are less than 500. Why the decline? We spoke with Ryan Smith, the owner of the Lubbock Stars & Stripes Drive-In.

Stars & Stripes goes all the way back to 1948 when Ryan’s grandfather started the Sky-Vue Drive-In Theatre in Lamesa, Texas. Ryan was forever changed by his experiences at that drive-in. Stars & Stripes opened in 2003 as a double feature drive-in theater. The popularity of the drive-in was back and another screen was built a few years later. Stars & Stripes even opened a location in New Braunsfels.

The drive-in is a great destination for families, date nights, friend night, or really for anyone. You decide the atmosphere of the night. Stars & Stripes is enjoyed by people young and old because they have the freedom to customize their experience (like sitting inside vs. setting up a lawn chair) all at a great price.

The theater allows you to bring in your own food and drinks, but there’s a ‘50s style diner with excellent food. We recommend the chili cheese hot dog with a chocolate shake. The menu is vast. You have the typical theater food: popcorn, candy, and soda, but you could also chow down on chicken fingers, pizza, Frito pies, hamburgers, and, of course, ice cream.

While Ryan is working on conquering another location in the hill country later this year, he is excited for the future of our Stars & Stripes. The growth in northwest Lubbock generates more traffic on North Slide, which runs along the west side of the drive-in’s property. Be on the lookout for additional seating and a covered patio!

Get to the movie a little early so that you can get the perfect spot right in the middle and a few rows back. Walk over to the park area and let your kiddos burn off some energy before your movie begins. These Lubbock summer evenings are perfect for a night at the drive-in.  The theater is located at 5101 Clovis Hwy. in Lubbock. Visit for show times.

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Article for Jimmy Buffett Live Stream

June 3rd, 2014
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Buffett concert to be broadcast live on June 19 at Stars and Stripes



Jimmy Buffett told reporters that he “grew up going to drive-in movies,” which is the primary reason he and his Coral Reefer Band will perform a full-length concert on June 19 at the Coyote Drive-In Theater, 223 N.E. Fourth St. in Fort Worth.

Buffett is touring in support of his 2013 album “Songs from St. Somewhere.”

Traveling with a professional film crew, Buffett’s concert will be broadcast live at more than 170 other digital drive-in cinemas nationwide, including at 9:30 p.m. June 19 the Stars and Stripes Drive-In, 5101 U.S. 84 in Lubbock.

Tickets for the concert, called “Live at the Drive-In,” are $18 per person for the Lubbock screening, with children age 3 and younger admitted free.

Gates at the Lubbock drive-in theater open at 7 p.m. on June 19.

The concert is open to all ages, but tickets are not being sold at the Stars and Stripes’ box office. Rather, tickets are on sale online by clicking on Show Times at The local drive-in utilizes radio sound.

Ryan Smith, Stars and Stripes owner, said, “If arriving in one vehicle, please purchase your tickets in one transaction. If arriving in separate vehicles, please complete one transaction per vehicle. Example: three cars would need three transactions.

“Also, we are asking everyone to please arrive 45 minutes before show time to guarantee admittance. The earlier that a person arrives, the more parking choices will be available.”

Call 749-7469 for more details.

Fans paid $125 per person to attend the sold out concert at the Coyote in Fort Worth.

Aside from the Stars and Stripes in Lubbock, the concert will be shown at only three other drive-in theaters in Texas. They are the Big Sky Drive-In in Midland, the Galaxy Drive-In in Ennis and the Sky-Vue Drive-In in Tyler.

Buffett, born on Christmas Day in 1946, is 67. He began recording his carefree country-folk albums after relocating to Key West, Fla., in the early 1970s.

Just a few of his popular songs include “Margaritaville,” “Cheeseburger in Paradise,” “Fins,” “Come Monday,” “Son of a Son of a Sailor,” “A Pirate Looks at Forty,” “Changes in Latitude, Changes in Attitude,” “Pencil Thin Mustache,” “Why Don’t We Get Drunk” and “Grapefruit, Juicy Fruit.”

His fans refer to themselves as Parrotheads.

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Jimmy Buffett Live at the Drive-In Live Stream Event

May 28th, 2014
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Hey all you Parrot Heads! Jimmy Buffett and The Coral Reefer band are playing a live show at the Coyote Drive-In and we are streaming it here! Mark your calendars for June 19th. One night only to see Jimmy Buffett play on the big screen. Tickets available at More information can be found