8 Reasons Why Drive-In Theaters Are Better: Especially With Kids

When I was in elementary school my dad came home and told us that he got a job at a theater so we were going to get to watch free movies. I was so excited!! Then he told us that it was a drive-in theater where you sit in your car to watch the movie….and I cried.
Over the years though, my family ended up running the theater and it became like a second home to me. If you’ve never before heard of a drive-in theater then it’s where you sit in your car, tune your radio to a certain station to hear the movie, then watch the movie on a big screen at the front of the car lot once the sun goes down. There are so many benefits to a drive-in theater over a regular one! Here are my top 8 reasons why a drive-in is better:

1. You can go in your pjs!
If you have no plans to get out of the vehicle then you can go in your pajamas and be comfortable throughout the show. I also like to take a large blanket.
2. 2 movies for the price of 1
Every drive-in theater that I’ve been to shows 2 movies, one after the other with a short “intermission” break in-between. You either pay around $7 per person for both movies, or a certain amount per vehicle. $7 for TWO movies? I’ll take it!
3. The Food
Only at a drive-in theater can you get a grilled hamburger, hot dog, or sausage. I grew up working at the Terrace Drive-In in Idaho, but the one that we went to last weekend was the Raleigh Outdoor Theater in North Carolina.They also have French fries, mozzarella sticks, and onion rings besides the normal candy/pop/popcorn that theaters have. The food is usually cheaper than normal theaters too. This is a picture of me at the drive- in last weekend with a large tub of popcorn that was only $5!




4. You can watch the movie multiple different ways
Last weekend, as you can see in the pic above, my husband and I decided to park our SUV backwards and open the hatch to watch the movie from our spacious trunk. Large trunks and truck beds are great for piling in the blankets and watching the show in comfort! If you prefer to be outside then you can also set up a lawn chair or blanket and watch the movie under the stars.


Drive-in Theaters are better for kids because:

5. You can control the volume
My son doesn’t like super loud noises, but with the car I can control the volume of the movies. Since customers watch the movie from their vehicle, the volume level is perfectly matched to each viewer!
6. Your crazy loud kids won’t bug others
When my son gets excited he screams high-pitched squeals of joy. He’s only 10 months old too, so he still cries when he’s hungry and tired. We like drive-in theaters because if he decides to screech or cry then we just roll up the car windows and won’t bug anyone else enjoying the show.
7. You can watch a movie after they’re asleep
Most drive-in theaters have the G, PG, and PG-13 rated movies playing first. We don’t watch rated-R movies, but those play second so the adults can watch them after the kids are fast asleep.
8. You don’t have to pay a babysitter
We move a lot so sometimes it’s hard to find people that we trust to watch our baby. We love going on dates though, and the drive-in provides us an opportunity to still be on a “date”. The first movie starts when the sun goes down, so depending on where you live the second movie would start around 11-midnight. Once our son is asleep for the second movie we can start our date and enjoy the quiet time we have together…without having to pay a babysitter.
I may be a little biased because I practically grew up at a drive-in theater, but they are hands-down the best theaters! Unfortunately they are dying out, so if you have one close to you then be sure to support them and go see your movies there! The only downside to them is when it rains the movie can be hard to see, so be sure to check the weather before you go!


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One thought on “8 Reasons Why Drive-In Theaters Are Better: Especially With Kids

  1. sarah

    June 3, 2017 at 6:04pm

    I’ve never tried that. looks convenient.

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  2. Megan

    June 2, 2017 at 2:18am

    When I was little my mom or grandmother would take us to the drive-in. It was so much fun, I want to take our kids soon!

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  3. Cynthia Nicoletti

    June 1, 2017 at 10:10pm

    I have not been to a drive in move in years. I don’t think they have them here anymore.

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  4. Courtneylynne

    June 1, 2017 at 4:45pm

    Ughhhh I wish we still had a drive in theater where I live!!! My daughter would be a much more enjoyable movie date in the comfort of our own car lol

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  5. Jacqui

    May 31, 2017 at 8:15pm

    Yes! YES!! I love drive ins! And the best part we moved close to one this week! YAY!

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  6. Pammy

    May 31, 2017 at 6:55pm

    This is an exciting idea! I’ve never thought of those things! Thanks 😀

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  7. Anosa

    May 31, 2017 at 4:04pm

    While reading your post, I kept asking myself if what will I prefer during that driving theater. I am afraid i’ll be sleeping and not watching. Lol.

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  8. Elizabeth O.

    May 31, 2017 at 2:49pm

    I love drive-in theaters! It’s always so fun to watch movies with either your husband or the whole family. It’s also a lovely way to spend time with them.

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  9. Rosey

    May 31, 2017 at 2:37pm

    Ha! I didn’t think about movie two being for after the kids are asleep. Mine would probably stay awake just to try and see the R movie, so we’d catch the one show only, which would be ok. 🙂

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  10. Akamatra

    May 31, 2017 at 10:46am

    I’d love to go to one of these theaters. I bet my daughter would sleep in the car and I could finally watch movie!

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  11. Jackie

    May 31, 2017 at 7:49am

    This is so cool! I’ve always wanted to go to one of these as it seems like such a fun thing. I would love to do this and a great family activity to do together.

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  12. Ali Rost

    May 31, 2017 at 4:58am

    This reminds me of being a kid. We used to go to the drive-in every weekend. Such great memories of friends in the back of a pickup truck sitting under the stars. There’s truly nothing like it x

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  13. interNATionalcaty

    May 31, 2017 at 12:38am

    I have no children but I do remember going to the drive in when I was a kid. It was so much fun.

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  14. Ana

    May 30, 2017 at 11:53pm

    I have never been to a drive in theatre but what a neat idea. I like that you can go in your jammies how cool is that x

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      May 30, 2017 at 11:54pm

      I know,right?!?! I’m a huge fan of comfort so the pj thing is a big hit with me!

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  15. Muna Kenny

    May 30, 2017 at 10:42pm

    I love drive-in theaters, it is an open space and no one is annoying you with his comments about the movie, you can always change your place and even walk when you feel like it.

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      May 30, 2017 at 11:55pm

      Yes! I love that you can be at a theater watching a new film and still have your privacy to enjoy it however you like.

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  16. Amber

    May 30, 2017 at 7:09pm

    We need to go to one of these. There’s one about 40 minutes away that I’ve been meaning to try. I love the idea of a drive in theater.

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      May 31, 2017 at 11:55am

      The closest one to me is about an hour away, but it’s so fun that we usually go once a month!

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  17. Jessica Taylor

    May 30, 2017 at 2:22pm

    I love the idea of my daughter being able to ask questions without annoying other guests! Wish we had a drive in closer to our area!

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  18. Jay Colby

    May 30, 2017 at 2:09pm

    I’ve never been to a drive in theater, but I love to go one day!

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  19. AQ's Corner

    May 30, 2017 at 1:35pm

    What a great family idea! I’ve never been to a drive in. I’m definitely going to find one this summer.

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  20. GiGi

    May 30, 2017 at 1:16pm

    I have never been to a drive-throu before … But I really really want to!

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  21. Robin rue

    May 30, 2017 at 12:53pm

    We go to the drive in every summer. It’s one of those things that it wouldn’t be summer without for us.

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