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Local 'mini urban' drive-in movie chain expands to new booming Austin location

(Blue Starlite)

Just up the road from the Domain and Q2 Stadium will be another Austin favorite: Blue Starlite drive-in.

Starting on Feb. 18, the mini-chain drive-in theater will open a new alfresco theater setup in New England seafood restaurant and eatery Garbo’s parking lot at 12709 N. Mopac. The new screen will be christened with the classic film “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.”

Movie-goers will be able to order Garbo’s full menu, consisting of seafood options with an Austin twist, and soft-serve ice cream from the nearby desert truck Connor’s Creamery.

Commemorating the occasion, Garbo’s is offering a Dinner Pack that comes with smoked Mahi fish dip, Maine-style lobster rolls, chips, a choice of Blue Hawaii wine coolers or beer that serves two. Ticket holders will be able to book dine-in meals beforehand or place takeout orders.

This will be Blue Starlite’s fourth local location and first to serve North Austin customers. The screen will show new and old releases, and have a smaller screen dedicated to showing independent films.


1923 Lake Austin mansion demolition request pitting preservationists and some neighbors against owner and city preservation office
Austin Monitor

By Jonathan Lee

The Planning Commission was split Tuesday on whether to help save an eclectic lakefront estate from demolition by zoning it historic amid concerns over tax breaks and the likelihood that a previous owner participated in segregation as a business owner.

The property in question, known as the Delisle House, is located at 2002 Scenic Drive in Tarrytown. The main house, with Spanish and Modern influences, was built in 1923 by Raymond Delisle, an optician. A Gothic Revival accessory apartment was built in 1946. The current owner applied to demolish the structures in order to build a new home.'

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Freaky Floats and other Austin food & drink news
Austin Motel

What's new in Austin food & drink this week:

  • Nau's Enfield Drug closing after losing their lease. Did McGuire Moorman Lambert buy the building, with its vintage soda fountain?
  • Nixta Taqueria Chef Edgar Rico named to Time Magazine's Time 100 Next influencer list, after winning a James Beard Award earlier this year.
  • Question: From what BBQ joint did pescatarian Harry Styles order food this week?
  • Austin Motel is opening the pool and pool bar Wednesday nights in October for Freaky Floats.
  • Vincent's on the Lake closing due to "economic conditions and low water levels [at Lake Travis]."
  • Cenote has closed its Windsor Park location. The East Cesar Chavez location remains open.
  • The Steeping Room on N. Lamar has closed.
  • Local startup It's Skinnyscored new financing for its gluten-free pasta business.
  • P. Terry's opened a new location in Kyle, at 18940 IH-35.