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Best Drive-In Movie Theaters That Are Worth a Campervan Road Trip

  Trip Ideas & Guides

May 21, 2024 Best Drive-In Movie Theaters That Are Worth a Campervan Road Trip

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 must-see theaters below for your drive-in movie theater road trip.

 

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 LA Escape campervan rental location.

 

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. You will definitely not want to miss this stop on your drive-in movie theater road trip.

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 campervan 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. Be sure to check out this spot for your drive-in movie theater road trip.

 

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.”

 

Your Drive-in Movie Theater Road Trip Awaits

Looking to book your next drive-in movie theater road trip? Enjoy movies from the comfort of an Escape campervan today by booking your trip from any of our unique vans. With several routes to choose from, you can start your trip from wherever you’d like with the various campervan rental locations we offer for pick-up and drop-off. Start your journey now!

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