Drive-in cinema offers family-friendly entertainment under the stars in New Braunfels

Stars and Stripes Drive-in Theatre, Lauren Canterberry/Community Impact Newspaper
Stars and Stripes Drive-in Theatre, Lauren Canterberry/Community Impact Newspaper

Stars and Stripes Drive-in Theatre, Lauren Canterberry/Community Impact Newspaper

Image description
Owner Ryan Smith opened Stars and Stripes in New Braunfels in 2015. (Lauren Canterberry/Community Impact Newspaper)
In 2015, Ryan Smith opened the New Braunfels Stars and Stripes Drive-In Theatre, where guests can watch a movie on one of three outdoor screens while enjoying food from a retro 50s café.

When Smith opened the first Stars and Stripes Drive-In Theatre in 2003 in Lubbock, Texas, he was following in the footsteps of his grandfather, who opened his own drive-in in 1948.

“New Braunfels is so incredibly blessed with outdoor things to do in the day,” Smith said. “We wanted to come to New Braunfels and make our own unique contribution... ending a big day with a movie under the stars.”

According to Smith, the drive-in was created to be a place where guests can enjoy a nostalgic night out, but he almost pursued a career in law.

“Just when [my grandfather] thought no one in the family was going to do anything in the theater business it just worked out where I felt like that was my path as well,” said Smith.


Due to the coronavirus pandemic, Stars and Stripes closed March 17 before reopening May 1 with guidelines to encourage social distancing and incorporate safety recommendations from health authorities.

Now, guests are required to leave one parking space between each vehicle, the 50s Café is only open for groups of two or less, and playgrounds and green spaces are closed.

“We’re learning daily about how and what is the appropriate way to try to live during this time,” Smith said. “We’ve put our guidelines on the website, and information as well, just to try to set the expectations that help people plan ahead.”

Later this summer, the drive-in plans to launch an online ordering option to expand café offerings.

“It’s quiet, there’s a nice cool breeze coming off the hill and it’s just a great, safe place for families and young people to come together and watch a movie,” Smith said.

Stars and Stripes Drive-In Theatre

1178 Kroesche Lane, New Braunfels

830-626-1956

www.driveinusa.com/nb

Hours: daily 7-11 p.m.
By Lauren Canterberry
Lauren began covering New Braunfels for Community Impact Newspaper in 2019. Her reporting focuses on education, development, breaking news and community interest stories. Lauren is originally from South Carolina and is a graduate of the University of Georgia.


MOST RECENT

Wag-A-Bag is headquartered in Round Rock. (Megan Cardona/Community Impact Newspaper)
Wag-A-Bag to operate under new ownership, name; Austin, TxDOT at odds over I-35 overhaul; and more top Central Texas news

Read the most popular business and community news from the past week from the Austin area.

Thai Racha will reopen in New Braunfels sometime in mid-May. (Lauren Canterberry/Community Impact Newspaper)
Thai Racha to reopen in New Braunfels under new ownership

The restaurant temporarily closed in April for cleaning and updates.

The Mayfair development will include a variety of housing, commercial and public space options. (Courtesy city of New Braunfels)
City of New Braunfels to host public information sessions about upcoming 1,880-acre development

The project is anticipated to include residential, commercial and public spaces.

Early voting runs from April 19-27, and election day is May 1. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Election day 2021: Bergquist, Minus win in unofficial final results for New Braunfels ISD board of trustees

Tim Hennessee, Courtney Biasatti, Eric Bergquist and Steve Minus have won their respective seats on the CISD or NBISD boards of trustees, according to unofficial final results.

The early voting period in Comal County concluded on April 27. (Lauren Canterberry/Community Impact Newspaper)
Unofficial final results show Bowers, Spradley to take seats on New Braunfels City Council

Incumbent Bowers and newcomer Spradley have won their races for City Council, according to unofficial final results.

The New Braunfels area is expected to get several inches of rain over the weekend, which could impact setup for the event. (Lauren Canterberry/Community Impact Newspaper)
Wet weather may impact Wein and Sanger Lite in New Braunfels

The New Braunfels area is expected to get several inches of rain over the weekend, which could impact setup for the event.

Chipotle Mexican Grill opened a new location featuring a drive-thru pickup Chipotlane in Round Rock. (Courtesy Chipotle Mexican Grill)
Chipotle opens in Round Rock; QuikTrip coming to Georgetown and more top news from Central Texas

Read the top business and community news from the past week from Central Texas.

Keith Lane has served as interim police chief since late 2020. (Ian Pribanic/Community Impact Newspaper)
New Braunfels selects new chief of police, ending monthslong search

Keith Lane has served as interim police chief since late 2020.