Drive-in movies are back! During these uncertain times, there’s no better way to catch a new or old film on the big screen from the privacy of your vehicle. And the South is crawling with these theaters now finding new life. Check out one in a town near you!
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Cinemagic Theatre, Athens
Sand Mountain Twin Drive-In, Boaz
Sand Mountain Drive-In, located south of Boaz, offers new films on one of two screens on weekends rain or shine. Admission is $15 per carload and concessions are available.
411 Twin Drive In, Centre
The 411 Drive In is near the Coosa River across from Fort Payne and the Georgia state line. It’s open year-round on weekends and nightly during summer months. Two double features are offered for $15 per carload. Cash only is accepted at the gate but credit and debit are options at concessions.
Blue Moon Drive-In Theater, Guin
Blue Moon Drive-In is near the Mississippi state line and has two screens for double features of first-run films. Admission is $7 per adult and $4 per child. Tickets and reserved parking can be purchased online.
Grand River Drive-In & The Backyard, Leeds
Located outside of Birmingham, Grand River Drive-In has an adjoining outlet mall, playgrounds, mini-golf, and concessions along with new movies. Admission is $8 for adults, $5 for children, and free for children under 4.
King Drive-In, Russellville
112 Drive-In, Fayetteville
Kenda Drive-In, Marshall
Located north of Little Rock, Kenda Drive In dates back to 1965 and operates seasonally on weekends. Films are a mix of new and classics. Admission is $6 for adults and $2 for children.
Stone Drive-In Theatre, Mountain View
Stone Drive-In operates in the town of Mountain View seasonally on weekends. It features second run and classic films, including family-friendly showings.
Joy-Lan Drive-In & Swap Shop, Dade City
Joy Lan Drive-In is a local institution dating back over 50 years, located north of Tampa. During summer months, it has first-run and classic movies nightly. There’s a concession stand and admission is $6 for adults. On Sundays they have a flea market.
Silver Moon Drive-In Theatre, Lakeland
Ocala Drive-In, Ocala
Ocala Drive-In is open nightly for double features on two screens. Admission is $6 for adults and $3 for children. They play new run indie films as well as classic films.
Lake Worth Swap Shop and Drive-In, Palm Springs
Ruskin Family Drive-In Theatre, Ruskin
Starlight Six Drive-In, Atlanta
Swan Drive-In, Blue Ridge
Located right outside of Blue Ridge, this drive-in is tucked into the woods, making for the perfect viewing experience. They’re open on weekends for double features on the single screen. Open since 1955, both classic and new run films are offered. It’s also cash only.
Jesup Drive-In Theatre, Jesup
Tiger Drive-In Theatre, Tiger
Wilderness Outdoor Movie Theater, Trenton
Wilderness Outdoor Movie Theater is not far from Cloudland Canyon and offers first-run films on two screens. Admission is $7 and only cash is accepted.
Calvert Drive-In, Calvert City
Calvert Drive-In plays first-run films under the stars near Land Between the Lakes. There’s a full concessions area but it’s tentatively on hold for 2020.
Franklin Drive-In, Franklin
Located near the Tennessee state line, the Franklin Drive-In has double features of new films for $15 per carload. Only cash is accepted at both the gate and concessions.
Skyline Drive-In, Greensburg
Located east of Bowling Green, Skyline Drive-In offers first-run films for only $7.50 per adult and $4.50 per child on weekends. There are also concessions available for purchase.
Sauerbeck Family Drive-In, La Grange
Sauerbeck Family Drive-In is set north of Louisville and offers double features of classic and first-run films. Concessions can be ordered in advance on their website.
Bourbon Drive-In Theatre, Paris
Family owned and operated since 1955, the Bourbon Drive-In Theatre offers concessions and family fun. It’s cash only and costs $8 for adults and $3 for kids.
27 Twin Drive-In Theatre, Somerset
27 Twin Drive-In is close to the shores of the Cumberland River and has two screens for viewing movies. Admission is $6 for adults and $3 for children. Concessions are also available.
Stanford Drive-In Theater, Stanford
Iuka Drive-In Theatre, Iuka
Iuka Drive-In in northeast Mississippi is the only remaining drive-in in the state. Admission is $9 for adults and free for children under age 12.
Badin Road Drive-In Theater, Albemarle
Eden Drive-In, Eden
Eden Drive-In has second-run films on one screen near the Virginia border. Admission is $7 for adults and $5 for children. A snack bar is also available.
Raleigh Road Outdoor Theatre, Henderson
Hound’s Drive-In Theatre, Kings Mountain
Highway 21 Drive-In, Beaufort
Highway 21 Drive-In in Beaufort plays classic and first-run films. Admission is $7 for adults, $6 for seniors and military, and $3 for children.
25 Drive-In Auto Theatre, Greenwood
Monetta Drive-In Theatre, Monetta
Monetta Drive-In, nicknamed, “The Big Mo,” is open seasonally on weekends for double features. Located between Columbia and Augusta, the theater opened in 1951 and reopened after a full rebuild in 1999.
Swingin’ Midway Drive-In, Athens
Swingin Midway Drive-In is on the outskirts of the Nantahala National Forest, midway between Athens and Etowah. First-run films and played on weekends. Admission is $7 for adults and $5 for children.
Twin City Drive-In Theatre, Bristol
Twin City Drive-In is located across the border from Southwest Virginia and dates back to 1949. The original screen was destroyed by a storm in 1977 but was rebuilt. In addition to showing films, it operates as a campground during races at the nearby motor speedway.
Birdsong Drive-In Theater, Camden
State Line Drive-In, Elizabethton
Open since 1947 outside of Johnson City, the State Line Drive-In operates on weekends during the summer months. Admission is $6 for adults and $2 for children.
Macon Drive-In, Lafayette
Hi-Way 50 Drive-in, Lewisburg
Parkway Drive-In Theatre, Maryville
Malco Summer Drive-In, Memphis
Sparta Drive-In, Sparta
Montana Drive-In, Tullahoma
Stardust Drive-In Theatre, Watertown
Stardust Drive-In is between Nashville and Cookeville and plays double features on two screens. Both classic and new films are featured. Admission is $8.50 for adults and $6.50 for children.
The Moonlite Drive-In, Woodbury
Just south of the Stardust is The Moonlite Drive-In shows double features of new films on two screens. Admission is $8 for adults and $6 for children.
Goochland Drive-In Theater, Hadensville
Hull’s Drive-In, Lexington
Open since 1950, Hull’s Drive-In is a community-owned non-profit theater. Admission is $10 for single features and $20 for double features of new films.
Park Place Drive-In, Marion
Park Place Drive-In in southwestern Virginia plays first-run films on weekends. Admission is $7 for adults and $3 for children. There’s also mini-golf and an ice cream shop.
Central Drive-In Theatre, Norton
A few miles away is the Central Drive-In, which plays first-run double feature films. Admission is $8 for adults and $4 for kids as well as free for children under 4.
The Family Drive-In Theatre, Stephens City
Have you been to any of these? Which one is your favorite?