6 Southern Gems Keeping The Drive-In Theatre Alive

June 16, 2015 | By | Comments (69)

Drive In

There are few date traditions better than the classic drive-in movie theatre. Originating in Texas in the early 20s, drive-ins have seen the movement of silent films to sound, painted white walls to screens, and Ford Model T’s to Mustang convertibles. Here are some drive-in movie theatre spots around the South that are keeping the romance alive.

  1. Hull’s Drive-In
    Lexington, Virginia
    Hull’s Drive-In is a non-profit theatre dedicated to preserving the drive-in’s history and charm. Originally built in 1950, Hull’s shows newer movie options and offers double features every night.
  1. Hi-Way 50
    Lewisburg, Tennessee
    When Hi-Way 50 closed in the 2013 season, the Wakham family stepped in and revamped the local community spot with extensive remodeling. In addition to showing the latest films, the drive-in also hosts kid-friendly events like “Royal Ball At the Drive-In” and offers mobile ordering for concessions.
  1. Starlight Drive-In Theatre
    Atlanta, Georgia
    A historic Atlanta landmark, the Starlight Drive-In is one of Georgia’s well-known hot spots. First opening in 1949, the art-deco style theatre is home to four screens – all showing double features from Friday to Tuesday. In addition to a wide movie selection, Starlight hosts the “Swap Meet” flea market on weekends and the famed “Drive Invasion” – a three-day live music, camping, and movie bonanza.
  1. Continental Cinemas
    Wicksburg, Alabama
    This family-owned company has a four-screen drive-in theatre with a goal to provide affordable, high-quality entertainment. Celebrating the nostalgia of drive-in traditions, Continental shows all the latest hits and is open Wednesday through Sunday all summer.
  1. Highway 21 Drive-In
    Beaufort, South Carolina
    For an extensive concession stand menu and a great deal on double features, check out Highway 21! Open nightly all year round, this characterful date destination mixes box office hits with old-fashioned entertainment, and offers military/senior discounts.
  1. Chief Drive-In Theatre
    Chickasha, Oklahoma
    Not only does Chief Drive-In offer nightly movie viewings, but this hub of family fun also features pre-film mini-golfing – making it the ultimate location for date night. One of the last drive-ins in Oklahoma, this historic spot has been lighting up Chickasha since 1949.


  1. Des

    Check out the Stars and Stripes Drive-In theater in New Braunfels, Texas!

    July 28, 2016 at 4:30 pm
  2. Rosalie Perez

    There also drive in in n.california solano drive in.. concord California family drive in open every nite..

    June 14, 2016 at 1:57 pm
  3. Virginia

    There is one in Memphis Tennessee on summer ave.

    June 11, 2016 at 2:38 am
  4. Jimmy

    Thers’s one in Tiger Ga.

    June 9, 2016 at 5:21 pm
  5. Sue Keo

    Ocala Drive in ..Ocala Florida great family entertainment with a flea market on weekends

    June 9, 2016 at 4:02 pm
  6. Anne Worley

    Eden Drive-In in Eden, NC is still open.

    June 9, 2016 at 2:57 pm
  7. Stephanie Smith

    We have a drive in here in Granbury, Texas called the Brazos Drive In

    June 9, 2016 at 2:43 pm
  8. Mark L

    The 25 Drive In Theatre, Greenwood, SC has been showing movies since 1945

    June 9, 2016 at 12:48 pm
  9. Julie

    You forgot Skyview in Litchfield, IL. 🙂

    June 9, 2016 at 12:35 pm
  10. basketpam

    I live in Maryland, near Camp David if you know where that is located. It’s between the Frederick and Hagerstown areas and we had a drive-in for a while after they disappeared in much of the rest of the country but even that one is gone now. I saw my first Star Wars movie in a drive in theater in high school. That tells you how long its been. I would LOVE to see one come back to this area. Aside from us “old fogies”, I believe the younger kids would love one, it would be such a novelty. Along with that I want to see the return of the drive-in restaurant. Forget the drive-thru, I want the drive-in. I loved them when I was a kid in the 60s but they disappeared around the time of the drive -in theaters. If someone opened things like this they’d make a fortune. Its such an unusual thing today I’m sure they would draw big business.

    June 9, 2016 at 12:11 pm
  11. Tami

    Holiday auto Theater Cincinnati Ohio

    June 9, 2016 at 11:33 am
  12. Leslie Black

    The Parkway Drive-In in Maryville, TN….Open Friday, Saturday, and Sunday with current double feature movies. 🙂

    June 9, 2016 at 11:25 am
  13. Katie

    Showboat Drive-In in Houston Texas!

    June 9, 2016 at 11:14 am
  14. stan

    You didn’t feature Goochland, in Va.

    June 6, 2016 at 11:35 pm
  15. Katie

    Can’t believe the Big Mo was left out! It’s about 45 minutes out of Columbia…

    June 6, 2016 at 6:56 pm
  16. Sandy

    Swan Drive-In, Blue Ridge GA

    June 6, 2016 at 7:13 am
  17. Carol Reeder

    I live in Tulsa, Oklahoma and we have a drive-in here. The Admiral Drive-in has been open as long as I can remember and I am 64 yrs. old. So let’s hear it for Tulsa also!

    June 6, 2016 at 1:41 am
  18. Barry

    Also the Drive In in Jesup, GA ….. went last Friday night.

    June 5, 2016 at 9:32 pm
  19. Pamela Perkins

    One in Gatesville, Texas

    June 5, 2016 at 8:46 pm

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