Drive-Ins In Some Areas Are The Only Way To Watch New Movies Outside of Streaming

The closest drive-in theater to us was supposed to open on March 27 … it is now delayed

Last wrote about drive-in movie theaters in October 2019 (see: Drive-In Movie Theaters), and I just checked the closest drive-in theater to us in Washington State and it would have opened this coming weekend.


That drive-in theater has decided to delay their planned March 27 opening date. So, we will not be able to take in any alternate drive-in movie option in our area, at least.

Other moviegoers elsewhere in the United States do have some drive-in theaters to visit. This is what’s making up the bulk of the domestic box office sales as of this writing.

Among Onward‘s top 30-grossing theaters this past weekend, drive-ins repped 25 of them. For Invisible Man, 20 out of its 30 theaters earned money from drive-ins, Call of the Wild‘s saw 15 out of 30, and Bloodshot 14 out of 30. All of Onward‘s top 20 theaters were drive-ins, led by the Glendale 9 in Glendale, AZ with close to $10K. 

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Do you have any open drive-in theaters near you? Would you go? Would think these experiences would provide decent social distancing — at least for the movie viewing portion, not so much for concessions.

Drive-In Movie Theaters

Drive-in Movie Theaters in and around Washington State as of Fall 2019

Used to go to drive-in movies occasionally as a kid and always thought they were a fun experience. You get to chill inside your car and watch movies on the big screen. Have not been to a drive-in theater in 40 years or so. It’s on the to-do list before they disappear forever.

There was a bit of a resurgence in the 90s to bring them back. In our state of Washington, only five drive-in theaters remain. According to Culture Trip, all five are worth visiting:

Today, there are only around 300 drive-in theaters left in America, but Washington State is still preserving its favorite drive-ins, complete with all of the nostalgic nuances of the Sandy-Danny door slam in Grease. Only five drive-ins remain in the state, but each is worth a visit.

The closest theater to us in Shelton. About an hour or so drive away. The Skyline drive-in is seasonal and only ran through the end of September, so that ship sailed. Looks like something we will have to wait until next year to do, but would be cool to try and squeeze in this season if possible.

We saw our first 4DX, our first dine-in movie theater and if/when we get to the drive-in, that will be our first ever seen together.