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America’s Best Drive-In Movie Theaters

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December 14, 2018 America’s Best Drive-In Movie Theaters

What’s more American than watching a movie from the comfort of your Escape campervan?  While drive-in movie theaters are rapidly becoming a thing of the past, there are still a few in business. We’ve listed several good ones below.

California

Skyline Drive-In Theater | Barstow

Drive a couple hours east of LA on Highway 15 and you’ll come across the dusty city of Barstow. There’s not much else to do in town but they still have a fully-functional drive-in theatre that offers nightly shows. Barstow makes for a good stop-over before you head across the vast Mojave Desert the next day.

Sunset Drive-In Theatre | San Luis Obispo

A few hours up Highway 1, heading into Big Sur, is the famous Sunset Drive-in. SLO makes for a great place to park it the second night after leaving the Escape LA Depot.

Texas

Coyote | Fort Worth

This brand-new theater is generating buzz with a wine list and local food specialties like Louisiana meat pies and banana pudding. It provides a stunning backdrop of downtown and guests can enjoy live music before screenings. There’s even a riverbank hitching post for anyone arriving on horseback from the nearby Ft. Worth Stockyards.

Galaxy Drive-In Theatre | Ennis

All the latest releases (even in 3D!) shown in a picture-perfect retro atmosphere. They’re open every night, 365 days a year, so if you’re in the area you can experience a night at the drive-in whenever the mood strikes you.

Colorado

Mesa Drive-In | Pueblo

A Colorado tradition since 1951, the Mesa often sells out. Definitely worth stopping by, particularly if you’re renting from our Denver location!

Missouri

66 Drive-In | Carthage

Does it get any more retro than a drive-in on Route 66 with a beautifully restored neon sign? The setting is old-fashioned and family-friendly, with plenty of space to toss the football around before the show.

Tennessee

Stardust Drive-In | Watertown

New digital projectors offer theater-quality viewing at this theater outside of Nashville. They have two screens, both showing double features, so you can pack in a lot of movie viewing into an evening.

Georgia

Starlight Six Drive-In Theater | Atlanta

This venue was established in 1949 and is known for its art-deco style. While having six screens and a hilltop parking lot are definitely an attraction, this drive-in experience is also all about the tailgating! Bring your grill, corn hole sets, coolers, and country music for the quintessential drive-in experience.

Washington

Rodeo Drive-In | Port Orchard

This Pacific Northwest three-screen theater can handle 1,000 cars and has been open for decades, managing to ward off business downturns that have hit many other drive-ins over the years. According to their website, it’s “the second largest outdoor theater complex and by far the largest and oldest family-owned drive-in in the Northwest.”

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