Guess what’s making a comeback in the age of social distancing? Going to a Drive in Movie with your family. Drive in theaters are a super fun way to see a movie, from the comfort of your own car, listening with your radio.
Seeing a movie – or even a double feature – at a drive in theater means you’ll be able to stay 6 feet away from people, even in a large gathering, but still be able to see a movie outdoors.
It’s a terrific Summer experience, and in Los Angeles, it’s actually something you can do year-round. Southern California has several great drive-in theaters within an hour or two of Los Angeles, so check out our list below.
Many drive in theater owners seem to supplement their revenue by using the parking lot area as a Swap Meet during the daylight hours, although some swap meets are not currently open.
Plus, this Summer, we’ve heard that some of our favorite Outdoor Movie pop-ups are going to be switching to drive-ins. Drive-ins everywhere!
Drive in Movies are Kid-Friendly
Family cars are made for families, right? So it’s perfect for a family to see a movie together in their car. The littlest ones can get up out of their seats, bounce around, and even talk, without disturbing anyone in the theater, and they can even sit in your lap without you having wasted the money on their ticket. In fact, Drive in movies are actually quite a bargain.
Drive in Movies are a Bargain
Many of the drive-in theaters near Los Angeles show double features for one ticket price, which means you’re really paying half the regular amount per show, and some even have $1 tickets for young kids. And although it’s always a treat to visit the snack bar for popcorn and drinks, being in your car means you could bring your own food, if you wanted to. So you see how the savings can add up quickly. A family experience that doesn’t have to break the budget.
(Some) Drive in Movies are Pet-Friendly
Please check with each drive in listed below for their specific rules, but some will allow you to bring your pets with you in the car. Some will not allow any pets, except in the case of Service Animals.
Best Drive in Theaters in SoCal – Open Now
Mission Tiki Drive-In
10789 Ramona Avenue Montclair, CA 91763
Opened in 1956, the Mission Tiki Drive In got a major makeover in 2006 and their 4 screens are ready to entertain your family in style. As you can guess from their name, they have a Hawaiian theme to their ticket booth and concession stand, making the experience even more fun. Make sure to read their FAQ page about rules for where to park anytime, and new rules for the current situation as well.
7770 Rosecrans Avenue Paramount, CA 90723
The Paramount Drive-in features 2 75-foot screens and state of the art sound and projection. They have recently re-opened and are showing movies nightly.
3770 Opal Street Riverside, CA 92509
The Rubidoux was opened in 1948, and has been upgraded to 21st Century tech. There are currently 3 screens in operation, including the original one from back at the start. They are open for business with health and safety restrictions in place.
10990 Woodside Avenue Santee, CA 92071
The Santee is open for business, with new rules in place during this time.
Skyline Drive In
31175 Old Highway 58 Barstow, CA 92311
The Skyline Drive In has re-opened for movie-viewing enjoyment as of May 22nd.
South Bay Drive-In
2170 Coronado Ave Imperial Beach, CA 92154
The South Bay was opened in 1958 and sports a 100-foot screen, as well as nautical themed-decor. They’ve been upgraded to modern technology and are a family favorite in the San Diego area.
Van Buren Drive-In
3035 Van Buren Blvd Riverside, CA 92503
Opened in 1964 with a single screen, the Van Buren now boasts 3 screens, and an Old California Orange Grove themed decor, along with state of the art technology.
443 Vineland Ave., City of Industry, CA 91746
The Vineland re-opened on June 8th, and they’re showing movies nightly.
Drive In Movie Theaters Opening Soon (Hopefully)
Smith’s Ranch Drive-In
4584 Adobe Rd Twentynine Palms, CA 92277
We’re all hoping they can re-open soon.
Find a Drive In Movie Near Me