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Coyote Drive-In will open its second location in Lewisville due to the popularity of its first in downtown Fort Worth.

A local company is one step closer to bringing back a movie-going experience that peaked in popularity in the 1950s and 60s.

During Monday’s Lewisville City Council meeting, Coyote Drive-In was granted a Special Use Permit (SUP) for its proposed Lewisville location. The council also approved a variance request to allow the developer to use recycled crushed concrete for parking areas and some drive aisles. The material will help reduce the amount of storm water runoff from the site.

“I would like to offer my congratulations for the materials they’re using and the environmental impact it will have by using the crushed concrete,” said Councilman Leroy Vaughn. “I think it’s great what they’re trying to do for the environment.”

Once it opens, the drive-in theater will feature five Selby screens, a 10,000-square-foot fast casual dining restaurant and an open-air special events pavilion, a kids play area and televisions. Films are projected onto the screens from one centrally located projection booth. Sound is broadcast through Coyote’s FM radio frequencies, accessible to radios or FM capable music players.

Visitors who don’t come to the facility in their car may use stand-alone speakers near the screen.

Shows begin every night 15 minutes after sunset, with a different double feature playing on each screen. A 10-minute intermission is provided between movies. Gates open two hours before show time, and entertainment such as live music, sporting events, and balloon artists are often provided. Coyote is open seven days a week throughout the year. Admission is $8 for adults and $6 for children over the age of three.

This will be the company’s second location in the Metroplex. Its first location was opened May 2013 in downtown Fort Worth. Lewisville’s proposed location is the southeast corner of Midway Road and Holford’s Prairie Road.

Estimated attendance is expected to be approximately 250,000 visitors annually, with peak demand occurring in the months of May through September. An average of 140 vehicles are expected during the week, while roughly 750 vehicles are anticipated Friday through Sunday during the peak period. Capacity of the facility is 1,367 cars. The restaurant will sell alcohol, but patrons are not allowed to bring in their own beverages.

“This is an interesting new development and an interesting use of this property,” said Donna Barron, city manager. “This will be located in a predominantly industrial area.”

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