Astro Drive In
Typical summer at the 8 lane entry. The Astro often made 3 and
4 foot letters for new openings. It was not unusual to have a search
light out front.
With 1.66:1 screen #1 and concession / projection building in the background,
cars start parking early on huge lot # 3 which held about 1,000 cars.
The largest screen in the western hemisphere with picture height of
65 feet by 140 feet wide. Thats 9100 sq. feet of image area for a
scope picture. The city of Dallas ignored the plea for help from
the Dallas Auto Auction who was constantly violating Dallas' glair light
code (no glair light to leave their property).
Taken about 10 minutes after the above picture. The Dallas Auto
Auction denied they were interfering with our customers enjoyment of the
movies. The Auto Auction only sold one night a week (Wednesday) but
blinded us 365 nights a year for 5 years.
Is that a hippie making nachos? Actually, there were between
2 and 7 off duty sheriffs deputies and police officers working at the Astro
Drive-In. Scotty looks like hell, but was a wonderful person who
did undercover work when not at the Astro. He now lives in the North
Pics of the projection booth coming soon!
Special thanks to Rich Peterson/owner for submitting the pics.