The best drive in theaters

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It’s easy to forget that there are theaters out there where you can watch movies. 

The drive-in  theater is one of those gems that make up for the lack of screens at home.

 These old-school gems are often still operating, but it’s not unheard of for them to close their doors completely, which means you need to be vigilant about checking them out!

1. Star-lite drive in theatre

The best drive in theater by far is the starlite drive in theatre located just outside Triad NC on SC 226. 

Not only can you watch movies under the stars, but if you’re really lucky, you might get a treat from cheeseburgers and hot dogs cooked by local Triad residents.

2. The Taylor drive-in theater

The Taylor Drive In Theater is a retired theatre that has been converted into a place for movies and music festivals, but at the moment it’s not operating. Let’s hope it opens back up soon!

3. The Vista theater

This drive in theater is operated by the Vista Drive In Corporation, which has several venues across the United States!

 It’s also a family friendly environment where you can bring your dog along to watch a movie with you! 

The Vista is open from April 15th through September 15th, so if you live nearby or are in the area during that time period, definitely check them out! 

You can also purchase snacks from vendors on location for your convenience.

4. The Jackson theater

This is one of the older drive-in theaters in Tennessee, but it’s still operating! 

The Jackson Drive In Theater has been closed since 2008, but if you visit one day you might find that they are open for special events. Deep down inside you really hope that it does, though!

5. The Indiana drive-in theater

Located between Louisville and Indianapolis, Indiana this drive-in theater has been around for years!

 It’s well known across the area for showing movies at night! You can call ahead to check on the schedule before you head out, or just show up on their Facebook page to see what’s showing next.

6. The drive-in theater in St. Petersburg

You can only catch the first movie of the night at this drive-in theater, but it’s a great place to watch movies under the stars! 

It’s located on 34th Street North, so you’ll have some driving involved, but you’ll be rewarded for your efforts with an amazing outdoor experience!

 You can actually save up to $10 on tickets for this one if you go at the right time. Not bad!

7. The Dogtown Drive In Theater

This theater offers a fun and nostalgic experience for people in the Midwestern area.

 Soak in the atmosphere and enjoy a full 10-hour movie that’s been projected from a hand-operated device! Since it’s not technically a drive in theater, no cars are allowed.

 Instead, you have to take the train! Also known as the drive-in movie theater at Dogtown, Georgia this venue will show up on your map once you’ve entered Georgia.

8. The Cedar Point Drive In Theater

This venue is only one mile off of I-75 and is located in Dundee, Michigan.

 It has a great grass area for picnics and an on-site market where you can buy all sorts of snacks and refreshments. 

The Cedar Point Drive In Theater has been around since the fifties and continues to be a great choice for those who love watching movies outside!

9. The Bunnell drive-in theater

This venue is located near the Volusia County Fairgrounds in DeLand, Florida, which means you can enjoy a movie and swap stories with other fairgoers! 

It’s also an excellent venue because it has delicious concessions and restrooms on site, as well as easy access to the venue via I-95. So if you’re nearby this drive in theater definitely makes it a point to stop by.

10. The Palmdale theatre

You won’t have to worry about being too far from home at this venue since it’s only 20 minutes from the Los Angeles International Airport! 

This road trip-worthy venue has been around for so long that they even have their own book called “The Palmdale Story” that details the history of the drive-in theater and its famous founders!

 If you’re going to see a movie this summer, definitely plan a weekend night out here and watch a movie under the stars. You won’t be disappointed!

11. The Santa Fe theatre

This theater is located right on the city limits of Tijeras, New Mexico and has been open since the 30’s! If you’re in the area make sure you check them out.

 They have a great website that will give you all the information you need before heading out to watch a movie. Since it’s not heavily featured online, it’s really only worth visiting if you are nearby.


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