8 Michigan Destinations to Catch a Drive-In Movie

With summertime blockbuster films getting ready to hit the big screens in the coming months, a trip to the movies is a perfect way to spend an evening with the family. Some of us may remember the summer nights when a typical pastime involved pulling up to the local drive-in theater and curling up in the driver's seat to enjoy a silver screen show. Relive those memories and make some new ones by visiting a local drive-in movie theater near you.

Here are eight places you can go to catch a drive-in movie in Pure Michigan.

1. Capri Drive-In  - Coldwater
Listed as one of the "10 Best Drive-In's in America" by USA Today back in 2001, the Capri is a 1,000 car, twin-screen drive-in open seven nights a week from early spring until late October. The box office opens at 7:30 p.m. and movies start at dusk. Be sure to get your popcorn and snacks ready before the show starts!

Capri Drive-In in Coldwater
Photo Courtesy of Capri Drive-In

2. Cherry Bowl Drive-In Theater - Honor
The Cherry Bowl Drive-In has provided fine films, food and family entertainment since 1954. Complete with playground, volleyball net, vintage movie memorabilia, 50's style putt putt golf,  home run derby and popcorn popped fresh in their original 1953 popcorn popper, a trip to the Cherry Bowl is like stepping back in time to simpler summer nights.

3. Danny Boy's Drive-In Movie Theater  - Ionia

Danny Boy's Drive-In Movie Theater in Ionia is a unique experience in a number of ways. Instead of a traditional screen, Danny Boy's uses a high-tech inflatable water-resistant version that is 70 feet wide and 35 feet high.

Danny Boy's also offers  a "snack permit"  for those who choose to bring their own movie treats. At a cost of $5 per carload, the permit allows those in the vehicle to bring all the goodies they want. Also, enjoy twice the entertainment with pre-movie activities that vary from week to week including a bounce house, petting zoo, and celebrity appearances. 
 
Danny Boy's Drive In
Photo Courtesy of Danny Boy's Drive-In Move Theater

4. Getty 4 Drive-In Theater - Muskegon
At the Getty-4, tune in your movie on your car radio to enjoy your movie in stereo sound, or use the nostalgic drive-in speakers! The box office gates open nightly at 7:45, and the first features hit the screen around dusk or 9:00. The drive-in has a large playground and arcade room for all the kids, and a self-serve concession that has all your movie favorites.

5. Hi-Way Drive-In Theater - Carsonville
Opened in 1947, Hi-Way Drive-In is Michigan's oldest remaining drive-in movie theater. The box office opens at 7:30 and the movies start at dusk. Sound is available through you FM car radio. If you're near Carsonville on the way to or from your next Michigan camping trip, be sure to pull in and make the Hi-Way Drive-In your rest stop -  Campers are always welcome!
 

The Hi-Way Drive-In
Photo Courtesy of the Hi-Way Drive-In

6. Ford Drive-In - Dearborn
The Ford Drive-In located in Dearborn is America's largest drive-in-theater with 9 screens and parking for 2,500 cars that is open for viewing year round.  In-car heaters are now available for the winter months. Gates open at 8 pm during the summer.

7. US 23 Twin Drive-In - Flint
The US 23 Drive-In Theater features double-feature films nightly on three giant screens. This fun drive-in theater, located in Flint, recently went through renovations to make your experience that much more special. Enjoy the new concessions stand and stay for two shows when you have the time!

 

Flint's US 23 Digital Drive-In
Photo Courtesy of US 23 Digital Drive-In

8. 5-Mile Drive-In - Dowagiac
Built in 1961, the 5 Mile Drive-In can be found in the grand old town of Dowagiac in southeast Michigan. This space is a favorite among locals and has includes a fun playground for children to burn off their energy before your movie of choice starts. This theater accomodates 500 cars and is open Memorial Day through Labor Day.