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The Last of American Drive-In Theaters

Locations in this article:  Baltimore, MD Dallas, TX Los Angeles, CA San Diego, CA

If summer makes you feel nostalgic for the old days of going to the drive-ins, you’re in luck: there are still many drive-in movie theaters across the country. Why stress over long lines and finding a place to park your car, when you can see that movie without getting out of your vehicle? Here are some of the best and quirkiest drive-ins from around the country.

Electric Dusk Drive-In, Downtown Los Angeles

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The Electric Dusk Drive-In is located on a rooftop in the heart of Downtown Los Angeles. Not only do you get to see the big screen, but you can also take in the wonderful views of the city. But if you don’t feel like sitting in your car, you can opt for the Outdoor Astroturf seats, which are the best seats in the house. At this theater you get to see old classics such as Grease, A Streetcar Named Desire, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show. But it gets better…it is pet-friendly. The Electric Dusk drive-in has hot dogs, burgers, and much more. There is also something for those of you with a sweet tooth: a giant brownie stuffed chocolate chip cookie. The prices for tickets range from $9-$11 for regular films, and $9-$13 for double features, with advance online purchase. If you want to have a private event or party, the theater does that as well. For more information about the movie schedule or to book a special event, click here.

Galaxy Drive-In Theatre, Ennis, Texas


At this drive-in you can see new releases for a steal. The Galaxy Drive-In Theatre is located in Ennis, Texas, which is more than 30 miles south of Dallas. There are six screens, and the screen fields are equipped with authentic vintage car speakers so you can listen to the movies or radio with DTS surround sound, and you can also watch movies in 3D. This theater is pet-friendly as well. If you’re worried about the weather, you don’t have to be: Galaxy Drive-In is open rain or shine, seven nights a week. Tickets are $7 for ages 12 and up, and children are $3. For more information, go to

Shankweiler’s Drive-In Theatre, Orefield, Pennsylvania


If you want to see a piece of history, visit Shankweiler’s Drive-in Theatre in Orefield, Pennsylvania. In business for more than 80 years, this drive-in claims to be the oldest and continuous operated drive-in movie theater in America. Currently, showings are only on the weekends, but not to worry, you can see new releases, and they also offer a Double Feature for one admission price, just make sure you call ahead of time to check availability. Prices are $9 for adults, and $6 for children ages 12 & under. For more information or to check availability, go to

Wellfleet Drive-In Theatre, Wellfleet, Massachusetts


The Wellfleet Drive-In Theatre in Wellfleet, Massachusetts is a one-of-a-kind drive-in for family fun. This lot not only has one screen for people to watch movies, but there’s tons of other stuff to do. There’s a mini golf course and a flea market if you’re interested in doing some shopping. There is also a Dairy Bar & Grill where you can find various foods and snacks, as well as a full outdoor cocktail bar. Prices for the drive-in are $9 for adults ages 12-61, seniors ages 62+ are $6, children ages 4-11 are $6, and children ages 3 and under are free. For more information, click here.

Mission Tiki Drive-In Theatre, Southern California

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If you’re ever in Southern California, another great drive-in is the Mission Tiki Drive-In Theatre in Montclair. Here they show new releases, and you also get to see some cool Tiki statues reminiscent of the 1950s. The drive-in features nice and bright digital projectors, and great Hi-Fi digital audio. The theatre also has a Swap Meet, which is open on Wednesdays, Fridays, and the weekend. Prices for the movies are $8 for adults, and $1 for the kiddos. For more information, you can go to

Bengies Drive-In Theatre, Baltimore, Maryland


Bengies Drive-In Theatre in Baltimore, Maryland claims that it has the biggest movie theater screen in the U.S., at 52 feet high and 120 feet wide. This theater has been around for 59 seasons, and plays triple features nearly every Friday and Saturday evening. It also has dusk ’til dawn shows. So, if you want to see movies on the BIG screen, prices for adults vary from $5 to $10, children ages 4-10 are $5, and children under 4 are free. For late shows, the prices are reduced to $5 for any age. For more information, click here.

South Bay Drive-In Theatres, San Diego, California

Photo Credit: Yelp Reviewer Catherine B.

Photo Credit: Yelp Reviewer Catherine B.

While you’re in San Diego, head over to the South Bay Drive-In Theatres. You will not only be able to appreciate the wonderful beaches, but you can also enjoy a terrific movie, and shop at the Swap Meet that’s open on Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday. If you go to the website, you can print out coupons for the snack bar, which gives you additional savings. Prices for movies are $8 for adults, and $1 for kids ages 5-9. Swap Meet admission is $1.00 on Wednesdays, and 50 cents on Saturdays and Sundays. Please note everything is cash only. For more information, click here.

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