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Coppell Arts Center’s Drive-In Theater: Your Hot Movie Ticket 22

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The long-anticipated Coppell Arts Center was slated to have its big red-carpet opening last month. Tony-Award winning Kristin Chenoweth was booked to headline the opening performance.

“It was going to be nice. . . It was going to be quite spectacular,” says  Alex Hargis, managing director of the Center. COVID-19 changed the Center’s opening plans. Now they will look to September to have that grand opening.

Summer Drive-In Movies Series at Coppell Arts Center

However, the pandemic did not stop the center from creating a safe alternative for the community to gather this summer. They turned their newly constructed parking lot on the west side of the Center into a drive-in theater. In collaboration with the Coppell Parks and Recreation, they will launch a Summer Movie Drive-In series.

“It’s a fun safe way for the community together after all this time,” says Hargis.

Features will include classics like “ET”  and “Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark” to modern family favorites like Disney’s “Coco.” And since it is an Arts Center, there will be musicals like “Grease” and “Annie.”

Pre-packaged popcorn and water will be for sale. But to support the city’s #BeVocalShopLocal campaign, patrons are encouraged to pick up to-go meals from their favorite Coppell restaurant to enjoy at the Drive-In. Drive-In meals and deals from Coppell restaurants will be offered on movie nights and promoted on Coppell Arts Center Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.

Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019)

The Summer Drive-In Series will run every Saturday (except July 4) June 20 through August 22. Gates will open at 7:30 pm, and the feature will begin at 8:30 pm. To buy tickets, view movie listings or for more information, visit or Better hurry. Tickets are limited to 50 and half of the shows are already sold out!

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