Many people are under the impression that outdoor movie theatres, or “drive-ins,” are a thing of the past. Absolutely not! In fact, outdoor movie theatres are experiencing a kind of renaissance, and are growing in popularity, especially over the past few summer months. Outdoor movie theatres provide a unique, pleasantly antiquated, and fun time for all ages. Check out our list of the best outdoor movie theatres to see if there is one near you!
Film Night in San Francisco
San Francisco, known for being a leader in trendsetting, is home to some of the best outdoor movie theatres. Film Night takes place across seven different locations in the city of San Francisco and the nearby Marin County. Dolores Park is said to be the most popular location due to its ease of access for a wide variety of people. The goal of Film Night is to show family friendly movies and classics. Of course, you will not find better weather or scenery than these best outdoor movie theatres in San Francisco. If you are in the area, be sure to make time for a show!
The 66 Drive-In in Carthage, MO, opened in September 1949 and is one of the country’s oldest drive-ins that is still in operation. This is among the best outdoor movie theatres because it shows a variety of films, both older and modern, and the show does go on, even if it rains. Attendants are allowed to bring in outside food, as long as there is no grilling or alcohol on the premises. However, like a true drive-in the 66 drive-in adds to its status of one of the best outdoor movie theatres because it still offers an amazing assortment of food like hot-dogs and hamburgers that you can have served right to your car window.
The 99W Drive-In, located in Newberg, OR, is frequently touted as one of – if not the – best outdoor movie theatres in the country. This is another historic screen, one that opened in August 1953, during a time when there were nearly five thousand drive-in movie theatres across the country. This movie theatre gem can host from 275-300 cars and is open from late April until late October. Come catch a double feature on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays at one of the best outdoor movie theatres in the country – then cross it off your bucket list!
Film on the Rocks at the Red Rocks Amphitheatre
The Red Rocks Amphitheatre is one of America’s most treasured attractions, and perhaps Colorado’s greatest pride and joy. This amphitheater, carved out of the red rocks of Colorado, doubles as being among the best outdoor movie theatres in the country. During the summertime months you can catch family friendly classics here on the weekends, all while lounging in the comfortable and sun-heated red rocks seats of the amphitheater.
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