Feb. 28: Tascosa Drive-in Theater, Amarillo TX

It’s Day 59 of my virtual Drive-In-a-Day Odyssey. The drive from Guymon OK was just two hours from the heart of the Oklahoma panhandle to the Tascosa Drive-in Theater in Amarillo, the heart of the Texas panhandle. I ended the second month of the odyssey with a solid week of dark screens, but what else would I expect for February?

According to Cinema Treasures, the Tascosa opened in 1953 and added a second, smaller screen in 1967. It apparently closed some time before 1984, and in the 1990s part of it became an RV park. The Tascosa reopened in 1999 using only the smaller screen, and it’s been operating ever since. I love drive-in revivals!

As you can see by the Tascosa web page, I didn’t miss opening day by much, just a week and a half before Kong Skull Island starts the new season on March 10. Still, it’s another dark night that I’ll need to make up for once drive-in season returns in earnest.

Miles Today / Total:  119 / 7802 (rounded to the nearest mile)

Movie Showing / Total Active Nights: dark / 37

Nearby Restaurant: I couldn’t very well pass up the opportunity to sample the World’s Best Pancakes, and that’s what the sign promised at Ye Olde Pancake Station. It seems like the only reason I was able to get in without waiting too long was that I arrived in the late morning on a Tuesday. Huge, plate-sized pancakes that taste great too. Maybe they really are the world’s best.

Where I Virtually Stayed: Quick story: Amarillo has a lot of motels, and once upon a time in the pre-web days, I took it for granted that I’d be able to find a room. When I arrived that night around 11 pm, I found out there was a convention in town and every room was taken. I ended up heading east until I finally found a vacancy at the Best Western in Shamrock TX a sleepy hour and a half away. Now it’s easy to book a room online, so I was sure that the Drury Inn would be waiting for me. They’ve always got a great breakfast, and their evening reception was even more appropriate considering I didn’t have to leave to watch a movie that night.

Only in Amarillo: When it comes to eating challenges, the Big Texan Steak Ranch is legendary. As told by billboards all around the region, if you can eat the full 72-ounce steak dinner with all the trimmings, it’s on the house. The restaurant was the first challenge undertaken by Adam Richman on his Man v Food series on the Travel Channel. On the show, it was said that only about one in six challengers are successful.

Next Stop: Sandell Drive-In, Clarendon TX.

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