Meet me at the drive-in

Looking for a fun Friday night out? Drive-in theaters are here to provide some much-needed diversion for the whole family.

By Anabelle Vo

 

The country is slowly opening up, and everyone has been making the best of it with outdoor activities like hiking, going to the beach, and picnics at the park. But if you’re looking for a fun night out, drive-in theaters around the country are your best options.

It’s a great, affordable activity for the whole family, and chances are you can find one not too far away from you. A blast from the past, drive-ins are seeing a great resurgence, especially during these times, and we just think they’re neat! We’re highlighting some drive-in theaters around the country that come highly recommended, and we’ll keep this list constantly updated.

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Mission Tiki | Montclair, California

First opened in 1956, The Mission Tiki Drive-In is located in Montclair, California. There are currently four screens that show double features nightly. Admission for kids 5-9 is $1 and $10 for adults. The theater currently has a few restrictions that comply with social distancing rules including parking 6 feet apart from other cars and wearing masks when you leave your vehicle. The theater also hosts special events and promotional giveaways for big releases. It’s also part of a chain of drive-ins that include the Van Buren in Riverside, the South Bay in San Diego, and the Redwood in West Valley City, Utah.

88 Drive In | Denver, Colorado

The 88 Drive-In is one of the “last remaining original drive-ins in the Denver metro area,” and has been opened since 1972. The theater has one screen that shows 3 features every night. Cars are parked according to height, to ensure that everyone can see the screen. The theater is currently admitting fewer cars and complying with social distancing rules. Tickets are currently $9 dollars per person, and kids under 12 get in for free. The 88 also uses a state-of-the-art projection system to ensure that you get the best quality from your viewing experience.

West Wind Drive-In | Las Vegas, Nevada

Offering five different double features of first-run movies each night, the West Wind is a great night time activity for everyone in the Las Vegas area. It’s also part of a chain with locations in Reno, California, and Arizona. General admission for adults is $7.75 and $1.75 for kids 5-11. Children 4 and under get in for free. On Tuesdays, the theater offers special rates of $5.50 for adults.

Four Brothers Drive-In | Amenia, New York

New meets old at the Four Brothers, and you’re guaranteed to get the best of both worlds. This relatively new theater made it a mission to bring back the retro vibe of the drive-in while utilizing the best of modern technology. It is now open, following safety guidelines, and offers online ticket purchases as well as order carhop service for snacks and drinks directly from your phone. There are even electric car charging stations to ensure that retro meets modern in the best way.

Galaxy Drive-In Theater | Garrett, Texas

The Galaxy is now open at limited capacity with 7 screens, and outside food is temporarily permitted because the concession is currently closed. Admission is $8 for adults and $4 for kids. The theater is open seven nights a week, rain or shine, and located right on Interstate 45. Grab your tickets at the box office when you arrive and settle in for a great feature.

Blue Fox Drive-In Theater | Oak Harbor, Washington

The Blue Fox has a 61-year history of keeping the local community entertained, and it’s still offering go-kart and nightly movie screenings. The theater is open with limited capacity and complying with local social distancing rules, and you can make reservations for the nightly double feature online. The reservations are currently at $10 per car, so grab a popcorn and drinks from the snack bar and enjoy a relaxing night out with your family.

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