Brazos Drive-In Theatre
1800 W Pearl St, Granbury, TX 76048
Known as “Texas’ Finest Small-Town Drive-In Theatre,” the Brazos Drive-in opened in 1952 on U.S. Highway 377, which at that time, was the edge of Granbury. Constructed with local materials by businessmen to lure people into town, the drive-in was one of the few entertainment venues in Granbury and Hood County. When it opened, the drive-in had the latest in projection and sound equipment, and, today, all the features of the drive-in remain on the original five-acre site. The Brazos continues to serve as a community gathering place, attractive to families and young people.
At their heyday in the 1950s, there were approximately 400 drive-in theatres in Texas and, today, the Brazos Drive-In is one of twelve remaining in operation. Drive-ins decreased in popularity as the television became more affordable and with the invention of the VCR. The Brazos Drive-in is popular and beloved by Granbury residents, however, it suffers from low attendance, high property taxes, and increased overhead. Surrounding development is encroaching on the property and lights from the adjacent high school football stadium disrupt the movie experience.