“The Brazos is an icon of mid-20th century drive-in culture,” said Diane Lock, first vice president of Preserve Granbury. “Throughout the country, there are very few drive-in theaters that remain open and even fewer that have stayed in continuous operation. Yet “new” drive-ins are now being built. We have this jewel here in Granbury that should be preserved and help keep vital for future generations.”
Developers who rehabilitate the theater and property might be eligible to apply for federal rehabilitation tax credits. Up to 20 percent of the amount spent on rehabilitation of the drive-in could be applied as an income tax credit if the drive-in is eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places.
Miller and Lock said the drive-in could be preserved while being adapted for other income-producing uses. Miller suggested such uses as building an entertainment stage in front of the screen, or opening an outdoor ice-skating rink during winter months.
“I can’t express the joy I have, getting to enjoy the ‘drive-in experience’ with my daughter,” Cliff Knight wrote on the theater’s website at www.thebrazos.com. “Please keep up the good work. Here’s to another 50 years.”