An all-time American classic, drive-in movie theaters have been operating since the 1940s and ’50s, making this summer activity a beloved pastime for well over half a century. Catching a flick from the front seat of you car has become even more popular with the addition of snack bars that serve everything from sausage, peppers, and onions to clam boats to fried dough! Some drive-ins even have a beer garden, serving craft beer and wine. You may even find a drive-in with other activities available such as mini-golf and camping. Truly a summer treat for all!
The Saco Drive-In
The Saco Drive-in at 969 Portland Road in Saco, Maine, offers new and classic films. On Friday and Sunday, gates open at 6:30 p.m. Well-behaved pets allowed. Movies start at 8:25 p.m. Admission is $15 for up to three people per car and $20 for four or more people in the car.
The Wellfleet Drive-In
Wellfleet Drive-In Theatre at 51 State Highway (Route 6) in Wellfleet has been showing movies since 1957. They also have four indoor theaters as backups, though they do show films rain or shine. The box office opens at 7 p.m. Admission is $9 for adults and $6 for seniors and kids 4 to 11. Cash only for tickets.
The Mansfield Drive-In
Mansfield Drive-in at 228 Stafford Road in Mansfield, Connecticut, shows a mix of popular first-run new films and classic favorites. The shows happen rain or shine starting at 7:15 p.m. daily. No pets are allowed. Admission is $10 per adult and $5 per child 11 and under. Wednesdays cost $20 per car.
The Mendon Twin Drive-In
The Mendon Twin Drive-In at 35 Milford St. in Mendon sits on 16 acres and offers a beer garden as well as snack bar. Movie are shown rain or shine. The box office opens at 6 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 7 p.m. Sunday and Thursday. Admission is $25 per car for six people. Additional guests cost $5.
The Prides Corner Drive-In
Prides Corner Drive-In at 651 Bridgton Road (Route 302) in Westbrook, Maine, is one of the only theaters currently showing films in the classic, 35mm format. Gates open at 7 p.m. and shows start at dusk. Admission is $18 per car for up to four people. Each additional person is $5. Cash only.
The Leicester Triple Drive-In
Locals call the Leicester Triple Drive-In an authentic, old-fashioned slice of America. The theater has changed very little since it opened in 1967. It shows a mix of new and old films. While the box office opens at 6 p.m., movies begin shortly after dusk. Admission costs $25 per car.
The Milford Drive-In
The Milford Drive-In at 531 Elm St. in Milford, New Hampshire, has a playground where kids can play before the movie. The box office opens at 6:15 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 7:15 p.m. on Thursday and Sunday. Leashed pets allowed. Admission is $25 per car for up to six people and $5 for each additional person.
The Northern Lights Drive-In
Northern Lights Drive-In Movie Theater at 51 Causeway St. in Lancaster, New Hampshire, is a family-owned and operated theater that continues to show classic films in 35 mm format. There is on-site camping for an additional $15 to the movie ticket prices. The box office opens at 7:30 p.m., and movies start when it gets dark. Admission is $8 per adult and $5 for kids 10 and under. Cash only.
The Rustic Tri-Vue Drive-In
Rustic Tri-Vue Drive-In at 1195 Eddie Dowling Highway (Route 146), North Smithfield, Rhode Island, offers three screens playing two first-run feature films each. Movies show rain or shine. Campers are allowed for $10 extra. Dogs are allowed. Admission is $27 per car.
The Sunset Drive-In
Sunset Drive-In Theatre at 155 Porters Point Road in Colchester, Vermont, is a theater with a view. It offers double features on four colossal screens. Gates open at 7:15 p.m. Admission is $9 for adults and $3.50 for kids under 12.