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THE WATER TOWER
 

Frequently Asked Questions

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Getting There:

 

Q: Are you a drive-in movie theater?

A: Yes We are! BUT WE ARE the FIRST AND ONLY  MINI-URBAN DRIVE-IN. So we are not located in a giant field with 300 car spots. We are right in the middle of the city and have created a very Austin, very intimate drive-in movie watching experience. Currently we have 50 car slots available per showing.

 

Q: What kind of movies do you show?

A: We are kinda like BOB FM, we play anything WE WANT. Our main rule is it has to be something that was made during the days of drive-ins. 1940s to 1980s. We also show NEW INDIE movies, and anything that was meant to be seen in a drive-in setting.

 

 

Q: How much is it?

 

The general admission per person is $5. if you want to drive-in, you can then add a car slot for just $15 and tune in through your FM radio. The car spot is good for as many general admissions you can fit in the car, but NO HIDING IN THE TRUNK LIKE THOSE CRAZY KIDS DID IN THE 1950s OK!

 

If a ticket does not show up as an option  it means it's sold out!


We have a number of package options as well. 

 

 

Q: Can I walk in, or Bike In

A: Yes . We have plenty of space for Bikers and walkers! For best enjoyment we suggest you bring a FM radio and chairs! WE DO NOT PROVIDE SEATING! Buy your TIX for walk up/Bike-in at gate- $5 A PERSON, or on our website if you'd like the walk-in food package!​



 

Q: Can I bring my Dog?

A: Does it bark at cars, people, the moon, you, or at movies? Then no. If  it doesn't  and is on a leash and is the friendliest dog in the world then yes!

 

Q: Can I just show up? Do I HAVE to have a reservation?

A: You can! * We usually have an extra car slot or two but worse case you can park in our walk in area, walk in and watch the movie in our Pedestrian seating area around our pedestrian Drive-in speaker set-up.

* Please note that our large car slots are LIMITED!

GATES OPEN 1 HOUR BEFORE THE FIRST MOVIE, and 30 minutes before showtime for a second feature of the night. Reservations should show up 30 minutes before showtime.



You can walk-in with chairs and blankets for $5 by paying at the gate!



 

Q: What time should we show up?

A: Gates open 60 minutes before show time. The earlier you show up, the better chance you can use a vintage window speaker, get an ideal spot, get in without a reservation, and enjoy the drive-in longer. 


*see above note on 2nd feature of night - (9pm or later movies entry time is 30 minutes before feature.)

 

Q: Can I Just come to the second movie in a double feature?



A: YES! We will save you a slot! Just buy the double feature ticket and write in the notes that your coming for the second movie of the night and then show up 30 minutes before showtime to get checked in. 

Q: Can I reserve a specific SPOT or ROW?

A: No. It's all based on CAR SIZE and WHEN YOU
ARRIVE. LARGE CARS are always in BACK ROW, small will get front unless you arrive  after all the front spaces have been taken.

 

Q: Can we sit in the back of our truck?

A: Hells yea! Just tell your Drive-in attendant you wanna park with your cab out. BUT you MUST FOLLOW THE NO TALKING OUT OF YOUR CAR RULE and it's only for our BIG CAR ROW in BACK!

 

Hatchback Viewing for Small/Medium Cars:  

On sold out and busy nights we cannot accommodate small cars parked backwards with hatchs up. Thank you for understanding and plan accordingly.

Any available back in / hatch back view spaces are first come first serve and we can not guarantee that they will be available on any given night or time. Those that are available are to the far left and far right of screen (in the BIG CAR AREA.) We recommend that all med./ small cars watch the film from inside or in front of their vehicle for best viewing experience. BIGGER CARS (AKA TALL CARS): SUVS, JEEPS, CUVS etc... can watch from HATCH in BIG CAR ROW with the BIG CAR CAR SLOT TICKET!

 

Q: Can I bring my really really big SUV:

A: You can, but it may affect where we're able to place you in the lot. 

 

 

Food and Drinks

 

Q: Can I bring my own food and drinks.

A: Yes. But we would appreciate you buying some of our Tasty Treats as it is what keeps us in business. But you are WELCOME to BYOB!

 

Q: So what are your concession "Packages?"

A: See our Conssession page for a full breakdown of packages plus our a la carte menu!

 

Q. How do the smores work?

 

You get a smores kit with everything you need to build a smores sandwich. We provide a little fire at the concession stand to cook your marshmallows with on skewers and then you put them all together like at a summer camp- camp out, but instead, at a drive-in movie!

 

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Q: Do you have Food Trailers?

A:  NO MORE! Sorry, not at our NEW LOCATION. We do serve Hot Dogs and other Drive-in Concessions to keep your tummy satisfied and SOMETIMES have food trailer friends come by  depending on the season. HOWEVER YOU can order PIZZA from EAST SIDE PIES and other great local delivery places that are happy to deliver to your car IF YOU GIVE THEM YOUR MAKE, MODEL AND LICENSE and PHONE NUMBER.

 

Q: Do you have VINTAGE WINDOW SPEAKERS?



A: We did, then we didn't and now WE DO AGAIN! AND THEY'RE FREE! However, supply is limited and they're first come, first serve, so show up early if you want to make sure and snag one. 

 

 

The Show:

 


Q: Can we leave our car on some of the time for air or  heat?

A: It's a free country, isn't it? as long as you are not  right next to pedestrians or the sound of  your engine does not disturb the cars around you BUT ALL ENGINES MUST BE OFF DURING MOVIE!

 


Q: Do you have CAPTIONS?

 

A: Our public night films are not captioned. But we are always open to doing special discounted private nights for small or large groups who want to see a movie with subtitles on the screen. We have done a number of English Captioned nights over the years. 


Q: What is your format?

A: We screen Hi-Def Digital projection on a 25 by 14 ft. widescreen!


Q: Can I reserve the drive-in for just me and my babe? Or for a bunch of my friends, And what can we show?

A: Yes. And we make it quite affordable, you will be surprised. See our Rental section. We want anyone that wants a private drive-in night, to be able to have one! We also have very reasonable rates for larger parties anywhere from 10 to over 100! You bring the DVD of your choice and we will do the rest! See our rental menu HERE!

 

Groupon Upgrade Info:

 

 

Q. Do I need to reserve the upgrade in advance?

 

​We highly recommend you reserve your Groupon upgrade well in advance as they are limited.

 

Q. How do I upgrade to a car slot?

 

If you want to turn your Walk-in Groupon into a car slot we have 10 slots available per movie night. You can go to our Now Playing page, pick the movie you want, then purchase the $10 Car Slot Groupon Upgrade for that movie.  

 

Q. What happens if I do not see a ticket option for that date?

 

If the ticket is no longer available for that date it means those tickets have already sold out.

 

Q. What if I do not want to upgrade, but just walk in?

IF you want to use it AS IS as the Walk-in deal, then you don't need a reservation, just show up and WALK-IN with blanket and or chairs and whatever else you want to bring to make your self at home at the drive-in!

 

Q. You were on break, do I get that missed time back?

 

If you want to use it is a walk-in our SEASON BREAK WEEKS will not count against your 2 month expiration date!



Have an expired GROUPON TICKET?

 

No problem. you can still use it thru Oct. 15th by Buying the GROUPON UPGRADE car slot which turns it into a CAR SLOT for you to drive-in with!

 

 

The Rules

Reservation Policy:

 

Cars with reservations must show up 30 minutes BEFORE show time to guarantee space!

Paid advance reservations:

NO REFUNDS- We will be happy to reschedule you for an alternative night should an issue come up on our end making it needed to reschedule.

Good Mood Manifesto / Policy- 

GRUMPY, MEAN, SARCASTIC, Combative, Rude ATTITUDE will not be tolerated. We ask everyone to leave their bad days, moods and issues at the gate before entering the drive-in!

 

Our happy patrons and staff want to spend their evening in a positive environment. We are a small space where every person helps create the ambiance / experience of the Boutique Drive-in.

 

We reserve the right to refuse service to anyone being Nasty, Rude, or Huffy to our staff or patrons. Yes, we are serious!

Car Reservations-

​Cars with reservations must show up 30 minutes BEFORE show time to guarantee space!

Car Spots:

Start at $15 FM space (*plus the $5 per each person in car.)

YOU MUST HAVE all your "Gen Admin" Ticket PEOPLE IN YOUR CAR WHEN YOU DRIVE-IN ON THE PROPERTY ! IF THEY COME SEPARATE THEY MUST PAY $5 EACH to walk in!

Packages:

 

We offer drive in Packages that include a car space, popcorn and candy, see package options at check-out.

 

Walking In:

 

Pedestrian walk-in and Bike-in tickets start at $5 and are available at the gate! We do sell "Walk-In Packages" online!

 
....More Rules

We are not responsible for you or your car while in drive in.

Keep your children with you at all times.

Dogs are only allowed if leashed, not barking and friendly.

We do not allow people to be noticeably intoxicated on our grounds, if we see that you are a danger to yourself, our property or the people around you, OR YOU ARE RUINING THE EXPERIENCE FOR OTHER DRIVE IN PATRONS you will be TOLD to leave the premises WITH NO REFUND.

No screaming or yelling and NO TALKING DURING THE MOVIE.

 

Please feel free to make out during the movie.-But keep your clothes on.

 

Please remember to turn off your vehicle and all its lights during the show. Please turn off the volume on all personal electronics.

DO NOT TEXT OR USE YOUR CELL PHONE OUTSIDE OF YOUR CAR and be considerate of your fellow drive-inners.

You can NOT SMOKE IN YOUR CAR OR NEXT TO IT as SMOKE WILL GET INTO THE CARS AROUND YOU! There are smoking areas on the outskirts of the drive in area.

You can NOT be NOTICEABLY INTOXICATED in the DRIVE IN AREA. If you are you will be asked to leave!

And we reserve the RIGHT to TELL anyone who is getting in the way of others enjoying the drive in to LEAVE without a REFUND.

 

Your FM car volume can not get louder then our drive-in speaker volume.

 

Rain Policy:

Typically, we will not call the film off until 15 minutes after the show's START TIME. IF IT IS STILL RAINING HARD ENOUGH TO MAKE IT IMPOSSIBLE TO RUN OUR EQUIPMENT SAFELY THEN AT THAT TIME WE WILL CALL it a RAIN OUT.  if it starts raining during a film we will  only call it a RAIN OUT if it begins RAINING HARD ENOUGH TO MAKE IT IMPOSSIBLE TO RUN OUR EQUIPMENT SAFELY.

If there is a LIGHTING OR DANGEROUS WIND STORM before film we reserve the right to cancel /CLOSE up to 30 minutes before showtime without warning.

If we do call it a RAIN OUT, we will provide rainchecks, which are usuable at ANY future show, and try to reschedule the movie for a future date.  We do not offer REFUNDS, just Rain Checks  for make up dates or other future showings.