The drive-in movie is still alive in Michigan – and a ton of fun for kids and adults alike. It’s good to know a few tips to make the most of your time out, though, because there are some things that make a night out at the drive-in theater much different than your typical cinema.
We’ve found 9 Michigan drive-in theaters for your next summer adventure, as well as all the tips you’ll need for making the most of your evening.
Cherry Bowl Drive-In
9812 Honor Hwy Honor, Michigan 49640 (Benzie County)
This historic landmark has been an “Up North” Tradition dating back to the ’50’s.
In addition to showing movies on a big screen, Cherry Bowl also offers 50’s style mini-golf and has a wonderful playground.
Muskegon Getty Drive-In
The Getty Drive-In has been around since 1948 and today is owned by the same people that own Celebration Cinemas. This theater boasts FOUR giant outdoor screens. You’ll find concessions and a kids’ play area here, too.
Capri Drive-In Theater
Since the summer of ’64, the Capri Drive-In Theater has been a fun, safe, clean and memorable family destination. This theater has two screens, a full snack bar, and affordable prices.
Sunset Drive-In Theater
Sunset Drive-In has been entertaining west Michigan since 1948. The admission gate opens at 7 p.m and the first feature starts at dark. Affordable concessions and a playground plus special offers such as a military discount. No outside food or drink is allowed. Open every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday
5 Mile Drive-In
Built in 1961, 5 Mile is the sister theater of Sunset. Affordable concessions and a playground plus special offers such as a military discount. No outside food or drink is allowed.
US 23 Drive-In
Open 7 nights a week, rain or starlight. Affordable concessions, outside food is discouraged.
Claiming to be the oldest drive-in theater in the state (opening around 1948), Hi-Way Drive-In offers movies 7 days a week and includes concessions. Located in the thumb area of Michigan near Lake Huron.
Ford Wyoming Drive-In
A great place to experience the nostalgia of the drive in movie theater in Metro Detroit! Bragging a whopping 5 screens, Ford Wyoming is the “largest drive-in in the world.” The concessions stand was updated in 2017. They are even open in the winter and offer heaters to help take the chill away.
Summer Drive-In at USA Hockey Arena
Double feature, first-run movies from the comfort of your vehicle while you listen in on your radio. Typically open from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Get dinner delivered to your car.
Image courtesy of local mom and blogger Sheila Johnson from Eat2Gather.