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As for the Brazos, Wood wants to see it survive.

“I think it’s essential to save all of the historic drive-ins,” Wood said. “We don’t view them as competition, and I hope they don’t view us as competition. We want to see them survive.”

The other historic North Texas drive-in, the Graham Drive-In Theatre in Graham, about 85 miles northwest of Fort Worth, didn’t have to make the tough decision about converting. It was one of the winners of Project Drive-In, a nationwide contest sponsored by Honda that paid the conversion costs. Honda plans to keep the project going but hasn’t revealed its plans for this year, Honda spokeswoman Alicia Jones said.

Since installing the digital projector, the Graham Drive-In has been open on warm winter weekends, and owner Pam Scott is encouraged about the future.

“I just know the Honda project has brought a lot of light on the plight of the drive-in,” Scott said. “I hope that translates to more attendance. The weekends we’ve been open, it’s been up.”

The Graham Drive-In wouldn’t have won the contest without community support, and Scott hopes that someone in Granbury steps forward to save the Brazos.

“It almost feels like there’s a resurgence in interest. Maybe somebody in the community will step forward,” Scott said. “I think that’s why we won the contest. A lot of people who voted didn’t patronize the drive-in, but it became a rallying point for the community. I think those tentacles just went out in so many directions.”


Information from: Fort Worth Star-Telegram,