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Take Your Dog To The Movies: Drive-in Movie Theaters Across the U.S. & Canada

It’s hard to beat watching a summer blockbuster on the big screen. The only thing better is when you can take your pet along. Luckily, there are hundreds of places to do just that throughout the United States and Canada.

If you ask me, it’s time to take your dog to the movies!

Drive-In Movie Theaters Across the U.S. |

About Drive-In Movies

It shouldn’t surprise you, given North America’s love of automobiles, that this is where drive-in movies were invented. The first drive-in theater opened in New Jersey in 1933 and by the early 1950s the United States had thousands of theaters.

During the 1970s drive-ins began to close as the land they occupied became more desirable for shopping malls and subdivisions. By the turn of the century, there were only a few hundred drive-in theaters left. And pressure increased on the remaining theaters as film production companies announced that they would no longer provide film reels to theaters. While they were willing to subsidize the cost of investing in digital projectors for inside movie theaters, the drive-ins had to fund the large investment themselves.

As a result, even more mom-and-pop theaters failed.

Old car driving by Orange Drive-In movie .

Photo courtesy Orange County Archives.

Surprisingly, outdoor movies are experiencing a minor Renaissance. Several new theaters have been built in recent years, and old theaters are being refurbished. Some theaters are even positioning themselves as entertainment centers – complete with game rooms, sit-down restaurants, and beer gardens.

Contributing to the drive-ins’ comeback is the growth in the number of people looking for fun nights out they can enjoy with their pets. And outdoor movies are one of the most pet-friendly entertainment options out there!

Here’s what you need to know before planning a trip to the outdoor movies with your pets.

Outdoor Movie Guide For Newbies With Pets

If you’ve never been to a drive-in movie, or haven’t attended in decades, there are a few things you need to know.

Many drive-ins are cash only

Even theaters that accept debit or credit cards at the concession stand require cash at the box office to keep the line of cars moving quickly.

Theaters that accept only cash are noted in the list below. But check the website for the theater you’re planning to visit to make sure you have the cash you need before you arrive.

Arrive early

Drive-in theaters open at least 90 minutes before the movie starts. Cars usually line up at the entrance (and along the roadways approaching the theater) on busy nights.

Arriving early gives you time to find your spot, get something to eat, and walk the dog. Besides that, popular movies on a Friday or Saturday night may sell out.

The sound comes through FM radio

While some theaters have a few car speakers for nostalgia’s sake, all theaters play the movie sound over FM radio. If your radio doesn’t work or if you’re worried about the charge on your battery, you’ll need to bring a portable radio with you (some theaters will rent a radio for a small fee).

Modern cars aren’t made for drive-in movies

Many cars have lights that stay on when you’re running the radio or other accessories. Check your owner’s manual before you go to be sure you know how to keep your lights off. If you can’t figure it out, bring tape and heavy paper to cover over your headlights.

And speaking of drive-in etiquette—

Don’t block anyone’s view

Some theaters direct people to different parts of the theater based on the height of their vehicle. If you try to pull your SUV or truck into the front row, you’ll be asked to move.

If you decide to back your car into your spot and put the hatch back up, bring a bungee cord or twine to tie it so it doesn’t rise any higher than the roof of your car.

Most drive-ins show two movies for one price

Nearly every drive-in movie theater offers two movies (and sometimes even three or four) per screen for one price. This makes for one of the most affordable nights out you can find.

Support the concession stand

Most drive-ins strictly prohibit you from bringing in outside food. Or if they allow it, they’ll charge you at least $5 for a food permit.

As any drive-in owner will tell you, the movie suppliers take as much as 90% of the box office sales. To keep the lights on, drive-ins (as well as indoor theaters) rely on concession sales to turn a profit.

The good news is that, unlike indoor theaters, outdoor theater concession prices are a real bargain. Expect to spend half the amount on popcorn at a drive-in that you would at your local metroplex. And besides candy and popcorn, drive-ins serve hot food like pizza and burgers. Some drive-ins even sell locally-sourced food and craft beers!

Visit the website of any theater you are visiting to learn about any other policies they have before you go. And to make sure they still allow pets.

Taking Your Pet To The Movies

On a warm summer weekend night, the drive-in can be a crazy place. Before taking your pet, you’ll want to be sure they feel comfortable with crowds and that they don’t take their guarddog duties too seriously every time someone walks by the car.

Cocker spaniel poses with movie mural at drive-in.

Dexter enjoyed The Secret Life Of Pets at the Drive-In. Read all about it at Photo credit: Carol Bryant

Most drive-in theaters, but not all, allow your pet to join you on a lawn chair or blanket in front of your car. And if you have to walk your dog, they will ask you to stay away from the concession stand and play areas in front of the screen. A far corner of the property is usually designated for potty breaks.

In fact, you might want to bring a flash light with you in case nature calls for your pup in the middle of the movie.

Most drive-in theaters have the same rules for pets. They must:

  • be on a leash no longer than 6 feet whenever they are outside the car.
  • be friendly or at least tolerant toward other people and dogs.
  • not bark or otherwise disturb anyone watching the movie.
  • be accompanied by a responsible person at all times equipped with the means to clean up after them.
  • stay away from the concession stand or the playground areas.

A few of the theaters only allow pets as long as they remain in the car. Normally I would not consider that a pet-friendly policy, but some dogs who dislike crowds feel quite comfortable in their car. That makes a drive-in movie a great activity for reactive dogs—as long as they don’t bark every time someone walks by.

The following list is of drive-ins that, at the time of this post, allowed pets.

Most people assume the only pets going to the movies are dogs. However, when contacting theaters about their policies, I always asked about “pets,” not dogs. If a theater made any mention of cats or other animals, I made a note of it on the list.

United States Pet-Friendly Drive-Ins By State

Alabama Pet-Friendly Drive-Ins

Coyote Drive-In
6200 Grand River Blvd E
Leeds, AL 35094

Coyote Drive-In has a sit-down restaurant on site.

California Pet-Friendly Drive-Ins

Skyline Drive-In
31175 Old Highway 58
Barstow, CA 923

Vineland Drive-In
443 N Vineland Avenue
City of Industry, CA 91746

88 Drive-In
8780 Rosemary Street
Commerce City, CO 80022

Lakeport Auto Movies
52 Soda Bay Road
Lakeport CA 95453

Lakeport is one of the theaters asking that dogs be kept in the vehicle at all times. If you need to walk them, they ask that you do so along the fence line on the north-east side of the lot (opposite of the entrance).

Madera Drive-In
201 E Lincoln Avenue
Madera, CA 93638

Sunset Drive-In
255 Elks Lane
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

Hi-Way Drive-In
3170 Santa Maria Way
Santa Maria, CA 93455

Colorado Pet-Friendly Drive-Ins

Comanche Drive-In
27784 Co Road 339
Buena Vista, CO 81211

Tru Vu Drive-In
1001 Highway 92
Delta, CO 81416

True-Vu is one of the theaters asking that dogs be kept in the vehicle at all times. If they need a walk for relief, please return them to the car immediately afterwards.

Holiday Twin Drive-In
2206 South Overland Trail
Fort Collins, CO 80526

Theater accepts cash only at the box office but takes credit and debit cards at the concession stand.

Blue Starlite Mini Urban Drive-In Theater
801 Ed6
Minturn, CO 81645

This is a mini, urban drive-in. You can walk-in, ride your bike, or bring a car. If you drive, you must pay for a car spot and individual admission for everyone besides the driver. You can reserve a spot online before you arrive which is a good idea on weekends when they are busy. The Blue Starlite is the highest drive-in in the country at 8,000 feet above sea level.

Star Drive-In
600 East Miami Street
Montrose, CO 81401

Mesa Drive-In
2620 Sante Fe Drive
Pueblo, CO 81006

Theater accepts cash only.

Connecticut Pet-Friendly Drive-Ins

Pleasant Valley Drive-In
47 River Road
Barkhamsted, CT 06063

Theater accepts cash only.

Florida Pet-Friendly Drive-Ins

Joy Lan Drive-In
16414 Highway 301
Dade City, FL 33523

Silver Moon Drive-In
4100 New Tampa Highway
Lakeland, FL 33815

Ruskin Drive-In Theater
5011 Highway 41 North
Ruskin, FL 33572

Theater accepts cash only.

Georgia Pet-Friendly Drive-Ins

Swan Drive-In
651 Summit Street
Blue Ridge, GA 30513

Theater accepts cash only.

Tiger Drive-In
2956 Old Highway 441 S
Tiger, GA 30576

Tiger allows you to bring your RV or tent to camp after the movie. Camping at the time of this post costs $10 and includes bathroom and showers plus a BBQ grill you can use.

Wilderness Outdoor Movie Theater
217 Old Hales Gap Road
Trenton, GA 30752

Theater accepts cash only.

Idaho Pet-Friendly Drive-Ins

Terrace Drive-In
3701 South Lake Avenue
Caldwell, ID 83605

Spud Drive-In
231 South State Highway 31
Driggs, ID 83422

Parma Drive-In
29522 Highway 95
Parma, ID 83660

Teton Vu Drive-In
1114 N Yellowstone Hwy
Rexburg, ID 83440

Idan-H Drive-In
187 W 2nd S
Soda Springs, ID 83276

Illinois Pet-Friendly Drive-Ins

Skyview Drive-In
5700 North Belt West
Belleville, IL 62226

Skyview is one of the most permissive theaters. It allows you to bring in both food (but remember, they rely on concession sales to stay open) and alcohol (used responsibly), as well as pets. They advise you to bring a pad for your pet if they’ll be outside since the ground is rocky. Cash only for admission but debit and credit cards are accepted at the concession stand.

Route 34 Drive-In
4468 E 12th Rd
Earlville, IL 60518

Theater accepts cash only. Dogs and cats are allowed.

Harvest Moon Drive-In
1123 South Sangamon
Gibson City, IL 60936

Theater accepts cash only at the box office but takes credit and debit cards at the concession stand.

Cascade Drive-In
1100 North Avenue
West Chicago, IL 60185

McHenry Outdoor Theater
1510 N Chapel Hill Road
McHenry, IL 60051

Skyview Drive-In
1500 Old Route 66 N
Litchfield, IL 62056

Indiana Pet-Friendly Drive-Ins

Starlite Drive-In
7630 South Old State Road 37
Bloomington, IN 47403

Auburn Garrett Drive-In
1014 State Route 8
Garrett, IN 46738

Huntington Drive-In
1291 Condit Street
Huntington, IN 46750I

Tibbs Drive-In
480 S Tibbs Avenue
Indianapolis, IN 46241

CenterBrook Drive-In Theater
6735 Route 67 North
Martinsville, IN 46151

Holiday Drive-In
646 N State Road 161
Rockport, IN 47635

Theater accepts cash only.

Skyline Drive-In
3986 East Michigan Road
Shelbyville, IN 46176

Cinema 67 Drive-In
2037 State Highway 67
Spencer, IN 47460

M.E.L.S Back to the 50’s Drive-In
8721 N. State Road 39
Thorntown, IN 46071

In addition to the standard rules posted above, M.E.L.S. also asks that dogs not be tied to things and left while their owners buy snacks or use the restroom.

Bel-Air Drive-In
337 North Route 421
Versailles, IN 47042

Theater accepts cash only.

13-24 Drive-In
890 North Road 13
Wabash, IN 46992

Hummel Drive-In
2870 East Route 32
Winchester, IN 47394

Iowa Pet-Friendly Drive-Ins

Blue Grass Drive-In Theater
774 W Mayne Street
Blue Grass, IA 52726

Valle Drive-In Theater
4074 Highway F48
Newton, IA 50208

Valle is one of the few theaters that allows alcohol on the premises.

Superior 71 Drive-In
1482 300th Avenue
Spirit Lake , IA 51360

Kansas Pet-Friendly Drive-Ins

Kanapolis Drive-In
804 North Kansas Avenue
Kanopolis, KS 67454

Kanapolis asks that dogs be kept in the vehicle at all times.

Boulevard Drive-In Theater
1051 Merriam Lane
Kansas City, KS 66103

Theater accepts cash only.

Starlite Twin Drive-In
3900 South Hydraulic Street
Wichita, KS 67216

Kentucky Pet-Friendly Drive-Ins

Calvert Drive-In
111 Drive in Lane
Calvert City, KY 42029

Maine Pet-Friendly Drive-Ins

Bridgton Drive-In
383 Portland Road
Bridgton, ME 04009

The Big Sky Drive-In
15 Front Street
Farmington, ME 04938

Bangor Drive-In
1674 Hammond Street
Hermon, ME 04401

Saco Drive-In
969 Portland Road
Saco, ME 0407

Maryland Pet-Friendly Drive-Ins

Bengies Drive-In
3417 Eastern Boulevard
Middle River, MD 21220

Theater accepts cash only at the box office but takes credit and debit cards at the concession stand.

Massachusetts Pet-Friendly Drive-Ins

Mendon Twin Drive-In
45 Milford Street
Mendon, MA 01756

Mendon has a beer/wine garden. Dogs, however, are not allowed in that area.

Northfield Drive-In
981 Northfield Road
Northfield, MA 03451

Theater accepts cash only.

Wellfleet Drive-In
51 Route 6
South Wellfleet, MA 02667

Michigan Pet-Friendly Drive-ins

Hi-Way Drive-In
2778 E Sanilac Road (M-46)
Carsonville, MI 48471

Theater reports that after a dog bit someone they now restrict pets to inside the car only.

Capri Drive-In
119 East Chicago Road
Coldwater, MI 49036

Theater accepts cash only.

Ford Wyoming Drive-In
10400 Ford Road
Dearborn, MI 48126

Surprisingly, this theater is open year-round and supplies in-car heaters in the winter, making it a perfect theater for you to enjoy with your pets. Detroit in January is definitely more comfortable when you have a warm pup to cuddle with!

Five Mile Drive-In
28190 State Route 152
Dowagiac, MI 49047

US 23 Drive-In Theater
5200 Fenton Road
Flint, MI 48507

Sunset Drive-In
69017 Red Arrow Highway West
Hartford, MI 49057

Cherry Bowl Drive-In
9812 Honor Hwy
Honor, MI 49640

Minnesota Pet-Friendly Drive-Ins

Starlite Drive-In 5
28264 Highway 22
Litchfield, MN 55355

Theater accepts cash only.

Long Drive-In Theater
24257 Riverside Dr
Long Prairie, MN 56347

Theater allows primitive camping for tents and RVs. You must reserve in advance.

Verne Drive-In
327 West Warren Street
Luverne, MN 56156

Sky-Vu Drive-In
1 Minnesota 1
Warren, MN 56762

Missouri Pet-Friendly Drive-Ins

Starlite Drive-In
15605 N State Hwy 21
Cadet, MO 63630

66 Drive-In
17231 Old 66 Boulevard
Carthage, MO 64836

Highway 19 Drive-In
5853 Hwy 19
Cuba, MO 65453

B&B Twin Drive-In
110 West Maple Avenue
Independence, MO 64053

B&B I-70 Drive-In
8701 East Hwy 40
Kansas City, MO 64129

Montana Pet-Friendly Drive-Ins

Amusement Park Drive-In
7335 Mossmain Lane
Billings, MT 59106

Pets must stay in your car during the movie.

Silver Bow Twin Drive-In
German Gulch Road
Butte, MT 59750

Theater accepts cash only. Pets must remain inside car or cab of truck.

Nebraska Pet-Friendly Drive-Ins

Starlite Drive-In
1000 US-275
Neligh, NE I8756

New Hampshire Pet-Friendly Drive-Ins

Weirs Drive-In
76 Endicott Street E
Laconia, NH 03246

Milford Twin Drive-In
531 Elm Street
Milford, NH 03055

Northfield Drive-In
981 Northfield Road
Northfield, NH 03451

Theater accepts cash only.

New Jersey Pet-Friendly Drive-Ins

Delsea Drive-In
2203 South Delsea Drive
Vineland, NJ 08360

Pets are allowed on Sundays ONLY. Bring a bowl for your pet and fill it in the restrooms. Outside water is forbidden under the food policies.

New York Pet-Friendly Drive-Ins

Bay Drive-In
State Route 26
Alexandria Bay, NY 13607

Four Brothers Drive-In Theater
4957 New York 22
Amenia, NY 12501

Four Brothers is a new era theater with food trucks serving locally-sourced food. You’ll also find dog treats on the menu.

Finger Lakes Drive-In
1064 Clark Street Road
Aurelius, NY 13021

Hollywood Drive-In
9254 Averill Park Road
Averill Park, NY 12018

Malta Drive-In
2785 Route 9
Ballston Spa, NY 12020

Elmira Drive-In
2431 Route 352
Big Flats, NY 14903

HiWay Drive-In
10769 Route 9W
Coxsackie, NY 12051

Delvan Twin Drive-In
11771 State Route 16
Delvan, NY 14042

Jericho Drive-In
21 Jericho Road
Glenmont, NY 12077

Greenville Drive-In
10700 Route 32
Greenville, NY 12083

Buy a Pup Pass at the gate. You can buy locally-sourced food and meet brewers at the beer garden. Greenville shows classic films.

Hyde Park Drive-In
4114 Albany Post Road
Hyde Park, NY 12538

Transit Drive-In
6655 Transit Road
Lockport, NY 14094

Valley Brook Drive-In
Burdicks Crossing Road
Lyons Falls, NY 13368

Sunset Drive-In
9950 Telegraph Road
Middleport, NY 14105

Fair Oaks Drive-In
365 Bloomingburg Road
Middletown, NY 10940

Midway Drive-In
2475 Route 48
Minetto, NY 13115

From the Midway Drive-in website: “Pets are discouraged but allowed provided they are: not vicious, are quiet and kept on a leash at all times, and under the supervision of an adult. Please “walk” the tree line with your pet, not the ramps or the area in front of the screen, it‘s your responsibility to clean it up. Pets are not allowed in the concession building.”

Hathaway’s Drive-In
4762 State Route 67
North Hoosic, NY 12133

El Rancho Drive-In
6070 Route 5
Palatine Bridge, NY 13428

Theater accepts cash only.

Silver Lake Twin Drive-In
7037 Chapman Avenue
Perry, NY 14530

Theater accepts cash only. From the Silver Lake Drive-in: “They’re allowed at all of our outdoor facilities (excluding Mini-Golf). We’re very Dog friendly… stop by the Ice Cream parlor for a Doggie Dish Sundae”

Portville Drive-In Theater
357 Route 417
Portville, NY 14770

Overlook Drive-In
126 Degarmo Road
Poughkeepsie, NY 12603

Warwick Drive-In
5 Warwick Turnpike
Warwick, NY 10990

Black River Drive-In
28035 State Route 3
Watertown, NY 13601

From the Black River Drive-in website: “Pets are discouraged but allowed provided they are: not vicious, are quiet and kept on a leash and at all times, and under the supervision of an adult.  Please “walk” the tree line with your pet, not the area in front of the screen, it‘s your responsibility to clean it up.  Pets are not allowed in the concession building.”

North Carolina Pet-Friendly Drive-Ins

Badin Road Drive-In
2411 Badin Road
Albemarle, NC 28001

Eden Drive-In Theater
106 Fireman Club Road
Eden, NC 27288

Raleigh Road Outdoor Theater
3336 Raleigh Road
Henderson, NC 27537

Theater accepts cash only. In addition to pet rules stated in the article above, Raleigh Road asks that you take your dog for potty breaks at the far edges of the property where you are still expected to clean up after them. They also provide dog treats at the ticket booth.

Hounds Drive-In
114 Raven Circle
Kings Mountain, NC 28086

Theater accepts cash only. Owners also have a nearby campground.

Ohio Pet-Friendly Drive-Ins

Magic City Drive-In
5602 South Cleveland
Barberton, OH 44203

Melody 49 Twin Drive-In
7606 Pleasant Plains Road
Brookville, OH 45309

Mayfield Road Drive-In
12100 State Road 322
Chardon, OH 44024

Theater accepts cash only.

Holiday Auto Theatre
1816 Oxford Highway
Hamilton, OH 45013

Holiday asks that you walk your pet in the grassy area on the East side of the property. You can get plastic clean-up bags at the concession stand.

Skyview Cruise-In Theatre
2420 East Main Street
Lancaster, OH 43130

The Skyview website specifically states that dogs and cats are welcome.

Liberty Center Field of Dreams Drive-In
V602 County Road 6
Liberty Center, OH 43532

Springmill Drive-In
1040 Springmill Street
Mansfield, OH 44906

Van-Del Drive-In
19986 Lincoln Highway
Middle Point, OH 45863

Theater accepts cash only.

Star View Drive-In
2083 Route 20 West
Norwalk, OH 44857

Sundance Kid Drive-In
4500 Navarre Avenue
Oregon, OH 43616

Midway Drive-In
2736 Route 59
Ravenna, OH 44266

Tiffin Field of Dreams Drive-In
4041 North Route 53
Tiffin, OH 44883

Dixie Twin Drive-In
6201 North Dixie Drive
Vandalia, OH 45414

Blue Sky Drive-In
959 Broad Street
Wadsworth, OH 44281

Elm Road Triple Drive-In
1895 Elm Road NE
Warren, OH 44483

Oklahoma Pet-Friendly Drive-Ins

Chief Drive-In
South Highway 81
Chickasha, OK 73067

The Chief is open year-round on weekends.

Beacon Drive-In
2404 South Division Street
Guthrie, OK 73044

Corral Drive-In Theater
926 SW Highway 54
Guymon, OK 73942

The Corral also has an RV park with pull-thru spots and full hook-ups.

Winchester Drive-In
6930 South Western Avenue
Oklahoma City, OK 73139

From the Winchester website: “Winchester allows only small dogs. All dogs must be on a leash, kept with you at all times, kept from barking or annoying others in any way, and you must clean up after them if they poop.  Patrons who try to enter with larger dogs can and will be turned away. Thank you.”

Tower Drive-In
2214 N Broadway Street
Poteau, OK 74953

Cool Breeze RV Cinema and Resort
16677 Main Street
Springer, OK 73458

Cool-Breeze is part of an RV park but you’re welcome even if you’re not camping.

Admiral Twin Drive-In
7355 E Easton
Tulsa, OK 74115

Oregon Pet-Friendly Drive-Ins

M&F Drive-In
84322 Highway 11
Milton-Freewater, OR 97862

99W Drive-In
3110 Portland Rd
Newberg, OR 97132

From the 99W website: “Can I bring my dog/cat/ferret/elephant? Yes, as long as the animal is harmless to the customers and our operation. You must keep your animal secured to your vehicle/parking space. You are responsible for cleaning/removing any waste left by your animal. You will be solely responsible for damage caused by your animal to the drive-in, yourself, other drive-in patrons or property. Management reserves the right to refuse any animal (including human) admission. Elephants and other larger animals will be charged a single-occupant car admission due to the fact they would take up a car space by themselves. NOTE TO ELEPHANTS AND GIRAFFES: Our ticket window height clearance is 8 ft.”

Pennsylvania Pet-Friendly Drive-Ins

Starlight Drive-In
1985 N Main Street Ext
Butler, PA 16001

Becky’s Drive-In
4548 Lehigh Drive
Berlinsville, PA 18088

Moonlight Drive-In
Route 322
Brookville, PA 15825

Skyview Twin Drive-In
595 South Eighty Eight Road
Carmichaels, PA 15320

Dogs are allowed but must stay in the vehicle unless being walked to the designated pet area.

Super 322 Drive-In
1682 Woodland Bigler Hwy
Clearfield, PA 16881

Theater accepts cash only.

Sky-Vu Drive-In
813 E Market Street
Gratz, PA 17048

Garden Drive-In
Route 11
Hunlock Creek, PA 18621

Silver Drive-In
1664 Scalp Avenue
Johnstown, PA 15904

Theater accepts cash only.

Family Drive-In
6627 US-6
Kane, PA 16735

Mahoning Drive-In
635 Seneca Road
Lehighton, PA 18235

Mahoning hosts special events that people drive from miles around to join, like a Halloween costume contest and classic car shows.

Pike Drive-In
5798 US Highway 15
Montgomery, PA 17752

Evergreen Drive-In
309 Drive-in Lane
Mount Pleasant, PA 15666

Theater accepts cash only. Please walk your pet in the designated area between screens 2 and 3 and clean up after them.

Cumberland Drive-in Theatre
715 Centerville Road
Newville, PA 17241

Riverside Drive-In
Route 66
North Vandergift, PA 15690

Point Drive-In Theatre
601 Point Township Drive
Northumberland, PA 17857

Rhode Island Pet-Friendly Drive-Ins

Rustic Tri-View Drive-In Theatre
1195 Eddie Dowling Hwy
North Smithfield, RI 02896

Please walk your pet in the designated area between screens 2 and 3 and clean up after them.

South Carolina Pet-Friendly Drive-Ins

Highway 21 Drive-In
55 Parker Drive
Beaufort, SC 29906

Highway 21 is open year-round.

Monetta Drive-In Theatre
5822 Columbia Hwy N
Monetta, SC 29105

Theater accepts cash only.

South Dakota Pet-Friendly Drive-Ins

Hilltop Drive-In
33575 Hwy 18
Gregory, SD 57533

Midway Drive-In
19808 Rainbow Ranch Place
Miller, SD 57362

Pheasant Drive-In
1600 20th Street W
Mobridge, SD 57601

Pheasant City Drive-In
17230 US-281
Redfield, SD 57469

Winner Drive-In
27865 317th Avenue
Winner, SD 57580

Tennessee Pet-Friendly Drive-Ins

Swingin’ Midway Drive-In
2133 Hwy 30 East
Athens, TN 37303

Swingin’ Midway hosts occasional dusk to dawn shows where you can see 4 movies for one low price.

Moonlite Drive-In
31 W Main Street
Woodbury, Tennessee 37190

Stateline Drive-In
2306 State Line Road
Elizabethton, TN 37643

Hi-Way 50 Drive-In
1584 Fayetteville Hwy
Lewisburg, TN 37091

Parkway Drive-In
2909 East Lamar Alexander Pkwy
Maryville, TN 37804

Sparta Drive-In
220 Roberts Matthews Hwy
Sparta, TN 38583

Theater accepts cash only. Pets are not allowed in the playground area and must be walked at the back of the lot.

Stardust Drive-In Theatre
310 Purple Tiger Drive
Watertown, TN 37184

Texas Pet-Friendly Drive-Ins

Town and Country Drive-In
2902 Vogel Street
Abilene, TX 79603

Tascosa Drive-In
1999 Dumas Hwy
Amarillo, TX 79107

Theater accepts cash only.

Doc’s Drive-In Theatre
1510 Satterwhite Road
Buda, TX 78610

Doc’s is a new theater that has a bar. They will be opening tiny house rentals with a Hollywood theme. No word yet if any will be pet-friendly but with their mascot being Doc the dog, we’re hoping.

Galaxy Drive-In Theatre
5301 North Interstate Hwy 45
Ennis, TX 75119

Graham Drive-In
1519 4th Street
Graham, TX 76450

Brazos Drive-In
1800 W Pearl Street
Granbury, TX 76048

Showboat Drive-In
22422 FM 2920
Hockley, TX 77447

From the Showboat website: “Can we bring our dog, cat, hamster, bird or turtle?
Yes, as long as you keep your pet inside of your vehicle and it does not bother other patrons. The Showboat Drive-in is not responsible for any damage or injury to your pet, or any damage or injury that your pet may cause.”

Coyote Drive-In Theater & Canteen
223 NE 4th Street
Fort Worth, TX 76164

The Coyote has an outdoor restaurant with live music.

Stars and Stripes Drive-In
5101 Clovis Road
Lubbock, TX 79416

Open year-round. Pets are not allowed in the playground.

Blue Starlite Mini Urban Drive-In
12419 Lowden Lane
Manchaca, TX 78652

This theater near Austin promotes an intimate experience by only allowing 30-50 cars and permitting patrons to walk or bike in. It shows classic and cult favorites. You can buy s’mores kits and toast your own marshmallows at fire pits set up near the concession stand.

Big Sky Drive-In
5906 West Hwy 80
Midland, TX 79706

Stars and Stripes Drive-In
1178 Kroesche Lane
New Braunfels, TX 78130

Utah Pet-Friendly Drive-Ins

Motor Vu Theatre
4055 North State Hwy 36
Tooele, UT 84074

Vermont Pet-Friendly Drive-Ins

Sunset Drive-In
155 Porters Point Road
Colchester, VT 05446

Fairlee Drive-In Theatre
1809 Route 5
Fairlee, VT 05045

The Fairless requires pets to stay in cars.

Virginia Pet-Friendly Drive-Ins

Starlite Drive-In
275 Starlight Drive
Christiansburg, VA 24073

Goochland Drive-In Theater
4344 Old Fredericksburg Road
Hadensville, VA 23067

Hull’s Drive-In
2367 N Lee Highway
Lexington, VA 24450

Central Drive-In
5113 Kent Junction Road
Norton, VA 24273

Family Drive-In
5890 Valley Pike
Stephens City, VA 22655

Washington Pet-Friendly Drive-Ins

Rodeo Triple Drive-In
7369 Washington Hwy 3
Bremerton, WA 98312

Auto Vue Drive-In Theatre
444 Auto View Road
Colville, WA 99114

Blue Fox Drive-In
1403 North Monroe Landing Road
Oak Harbor, WA 98277

Wheel-In Motor Movie
210 Theatre Road
Port Townsend, WA 98368

Skyline Drive-In
182 SE Brewer Road
Shelton, WA 98584

West Virginia Pet-Friendly Drive-Ins

Hilltop Drive-In
Rt 8 & 208
Chester, WV 26034

Theater accepts cash only at the box office but takes credit and debit cards at the concession stand.

Warner Drive-In Cultural and Resource Center
3169 Petersburg Pike
Franklin, WV 26807

The Warner is run as a community non-profit allowing it to accept donations to buy digital projection equipment and to remain open.

Wisconsin Pet-Friendly Drive-Ins

Stardust Drive-In
995 22nd Street
Chetek, WI 54728

The Stardust requires pets to stay in the car.

Skyway Drive-In
3475 State Hwy 42
Fish Creek, WI 54212

The Skyway is only one of many dog-friendly activities in Door County, Wisconsin.

Field of Scenes Drive-In
N3712 Hwy 55
Freedom, WI 54130

Field of Scenes has a basketball court and volleyball net; bring your own ball.

Hi-Way 18 Outdoor Theatre
W6423 US-18
Jefferson, WI 53549

From the Hi-Way website: “You may walk your dog in the east side of the theatre away from the parking ramps, but you must clean up after your pet. If your dog likes to bark at passer-bys, please leave them at home. Dogs are not allowed in the playground area (between Row 1 and the screen).”

Starlite 14 Drive-In
US Hwy 14 East
Richland Center, WI 53581

Theater accepts cash only.

Moonlight Drive-In
1494 East Green Bay Street
Shawano, WI 54166

Big Sky Drive-In
9174 Winnebago Road
Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965

Theater accepts cash only.

Wyoming Pet-Friendly Drive-Ins

American Drive-In
1070 Route 9
Powell, WY 82435

Canada Pet-Friendly Drive-Ins By Province

British Columbia Pet-Friendly Drive-Ins

Starlight Drive-in Theatre
5341 Hwy 97A
Enderby, British Columbia V0E 1V3

From the Starlight website: “Can I bring my cat/dog? Yes, as long as the animal is harmless to other customers and our operation. Management reserves the right to refuse any animal (including human) admission. Please clean up after your pet and he or she must be on a leash at all times when out of the vehicle. NO Pets in the concession building please. Certified Service Animals are always welcome.”

Twilight Drive-In Theatre
3350 260th Street
Langley, British Columbia V4W 2B1

Theater accepts cash only. From the Twilight website: “Can I bring my cat/dog/monkey/ferret?
Yes, as long as the animal is harmless to the customers and our operation. Management reserves the right to refuse any animal (including human) admission. Please clean up after your pet.”

Manitoba Pet-Friendly Drive-Ins

Big Island Drive-in Theater
Flin Flon, Manitoba R8A 0P7

New Brunswick Pet-Friendly Drive-Ins

Neptune Drive-In
691 Main Street
Shediac, New Brunswick E4P 4Z9

Some movies are shown in French.

Nova Scotia Pet-Friendly Drive-Ins

Valley Drive-In Theater
5934 Hwy 1
Cambridge, Nova Scotia B0P 1G0

Cape Breton Drive-In
Grand Lake Road
Sydney, Nova Scotia B1P 6R1

Theater accepts cash only.

Ontario Pet-Friendly Drive-Ins

Port Hope Drive-In
2141 Theatre Road S
Cobourg, Ontario K9A 4J7

Theater accepts cash only.

Can View Drive-In
1956 Hwy 20
Fonthill, Ontario L0S 1E0

Theater accepts cash only.

Starlite Drive-In
36752 Crediton Road
Grand Bend, Ontario N0M 1T0

Muskoka Drive-In
1001 Theatre Road
Gravenhurst, Ontario P1P 1R3

Theater accepts cash only.

Mustang Drive-In Theatre
5012 Jones Baseline
Guelph, Ontario N1H 6H8

Havelock Family Drive-In
800 11 Line
Havelock, Ontario K0L 1Z0

Theater accepts cash only.

Kingston Drive-In
1533 McAdoo’s Lane
Kingston, Ontario K0H 1S0

Lindsay Twin Drive-In
229 Pigeon Lake Road
Lindsay, Ontario K9V 4R6

Theater accepts cash only.

The Mustang Drive-In
2551 Wilton Grove Road
London, Ontario N6N 1M7

5 Drive-In Movie Theater
2332 Ninth Line
Oakville, Ontario L6H 7G9

Skylight Drive-In
199 Forest Lea Road
Pembroke, Ontario K8A 6W6

Port Elmsley Drive-In
333 Port Elmsley Road
Perth, Ontario K7H 3C7

Sunset Barrie Drive-In
134 4 Line S
Shanty Bay, Ontario L0L 2L0

Stardust Drive-In
893 Mt Albert Road
Sharon, Ontario L0G 1V0

Theater accepts cash only.

Starlite Drive-In Theatre
59 Green Mountain Road E
Stoney Creek , Ontario L8J 2V5

The Boonies Drive-in Theatre
4625 Richardson Side Road
Tilbury, Ontario N0P 2L0

Theater accepts cash only at the box office but takes credit and debit cards at the concession stand.

Prince Edward Island Pet-Friendly Drive-Ins

Brackley Drive-In
3164 Brackley Point
Brackley Beach, Prince Edward Island C1E 2N7

Quebec Pet-Friendly Drive-Ins

Cine-Parc Mont St-Hilaire
800 Chemin du Cine Parc
Mont-Saint-Hilaire, Quebec J3G 4S6

Theater shows French films on one screen and English films on the other.

Cine-Parc Orford
2751 Rue Romo-Lacroix
Sherbrooke, Quebec J1N 0H1

Theater shows French films on one screen and English films on the other.

Saskatchewan Pet-Friendly Drive-Ins

Twilite Drive-In Theater
Drive-In Road
Wolseley, Saskatchewan S0G 5H0

Theater accepts cash only.

More Summer Outdoor Movies You Can Enjoy With Pets

In addition to hundreds of permanent drive-in movie theaters, cities and small towns host outdoor movies in their parks, many of which are pet-friendly.

Here are a a few pet-friendly outdoor movies to check out. Are any of them near you?

Eat See Hear is Los Angeles’ Premier Outdoor Movie, Food Truck, and Live Music Event Series. It holds movies and concerts at venues throughout the city. Pets are welcome at every venue. Learn more here.

San Diego’s Summer Movies In The Park series hosts movies in various locations every Friday and Saturday night. Click on a specific event to get details and to find out if there are any pet restrictions.

Portland Parks & Recreation has an extensive list of free movies and concerts on their calendar. Most are pet-friendly.

Chicago’s Park District has dozens of of free outdoor movies, as does the Pittsburgh Parks Department.

The Central Park Conservancy Film Festival screens classic films in Central Park, in Manhattan, at Frisbee Hill. Read the dog rules first.

Crowd watching movies at the Central Park Conservancy Film Festival.

Crowd watching movies at the Central Park Conservancy Film Festival. Photo credit: Central Park Conservancy

Search community calendars online for your local newspaper or television stations to find outdoor movies in your area. Or visit your town’s parks department for a schedule of events.

Take Your Pet To The Movies

One of my earliest memories is sitting in the back of my dad’s Mustang in my pajamas watching a drive-in movie. As a teenager, my friends and I would load the back of a pick-up truck with chairs and sleeping bags and enjoy watching movies under the stars.

But no drive-in movie memory is as much fun as going with my dogs. Watching kids playing before the movie, enjoying popcorn (why does it taste so much better at the movie theater than at home?), and introducing Honey to pet lovers who didn’t think to bring their own dogs along was a blast.

If you haven’t been to a drive-in, or if you haven’t been in one since you were a kid wearing pjs in the back of your parents’ car, it’s time to go. And don’t forget to take your pet to the movies!

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  • typesofdogs says:

    it’s a useful information. Thanks.

  • YAY! I’m so glad we could help, Angela. We’ve added all the drive-ins to the Road Trip Planner on, so you’ll be able to add them to your route and find more fun things to do in the area. Waggin’ trails!

  • So happy I came across this wonderful read. I havent been to a drive in since i was a little kid and have some of my best memories there. The closed them all down around where i live but we plan to do some traveling soon and this is a great idea for our family and pup. Thanks againOn The Go Pup

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