As the projector screen flashes from bright to black, I peek up at the clear Texas sky, scattered with stars — and only thirty minutes from the city lights. Rotten Tomatoes was wrong again; I loved that last movie. Our doors slam in unison, making our way toward the restrooms near the retro snack shack before driving back to Dallas. The concession stand’s doors are being locked for the night but I can still feel a ghost presence of the wrap-around line from early this evening, packed with flirting teens and giggling families.
I ventured on this same stroll two times already — The first was as the Texas sunset’s glow began to fade, and I followed the whiff of buttery popcorn upon rolling up to our parking place. The second time was to stretch my legs during the intermission, passing the silent films screens surrounding the grounds of this Ennis gem. By that point, there were plenty of people cozied up in their cars and truck beds equipped with blankets and candy bars.
“Yep, I’ll be back to Galaxy Drive-in REAL soon,” I think as I shovel the remnants of my popcorn bucket into my mouth, fingers coated in a light butter. Clearly, I can’t resist the popcorn, seeing as I boldly declared I was done eating during the first scene of the second movie. Who doesn’t appreciate a cheap large popcorn to accompany a double feature with a $7 price tag?
The engine starts up and the sandy gravel crunches beneath us. The convertible couldn’t have come in more handy for tonight’s activity. I flip the radio from AM to FM, feeling like I’m leaving behind an old friend. Just as we were welcomed to the Ennis Galaxy Drive-In, the big ole’ classic movie marquis waves a warm goodbye and I whisper “we’ll see you soon.”