Let’s help save important piece of Granbury history

September 28, 2013

Granbury’s slogan is “Where History Lives.” With tourism struggling and the low lake level bringing fewer people here for recreation, our “history” of being a town with many charms feels threatened.

This week, it got worse when one of Granbury’s most charming assets, the Brazos Drive-In, failed to net enough online votes to win a digital projector. It will have to get one in order to stay in business.

Hollywood distributors are switching exclusively to the digital format, and the high-tech projectors are expensive. Brazos Drive-In owner Jennifer Miller will need about $100,000 to cover the projector and related costs.

Many of us tried to help when Granbury’s drive-in was among about 150 drive-ins across the country that were in the running for free projectors given through Honda’s Project Drive-In contest. But on Monday, word came that the Brazos was not among the nine winners.

Miller says that most of her customers are not locals, but rather people who come to Granbury specifically for the nostalgic drive-in experience. There just aren’t that many drive-ins anymore.

But there are probably many of us locals who, even if we haven’t been to the Brazos in awhile, nevertheless have fond memories of dates with childhood sweethearts under the moon and the stars, with the smell of fresh popcorn wafting through the night air. Or maybe we’ve taken our children there because it was a fun thing to do as a family on a summer night.

We believe that the Brazos Drive-In is an important piece of local history that deserves saving. Yes, it’s a privately owned business, but it’s also a business that is worthy of preservation as an important piece of our local history.

If you agree, we invite you send us your ideas for possible fundraising campaigns that could help keep cars lined up at the theater’s gates on West Pearl Street on Friday and Saturday nights.

Email your ideas to: [email protected], or mail them to: Hood County News, 1501 S. Morgan St., Granbury, Tx. 76048.

This weekend, the marquee at the Brazos will display “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs” and “Smurfs 2.”

What we don’t want to see is the message “Gone with the Wind.”

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