Ultimate Drive-in Movie Experience Tips and Ideas
Prepare for the Ultimate Drive-in Movie Experience
That’s because drive-in movies make great date nights, family outings, or solo adventures. You can have a picnic with friends or snuggle up with your partner.
“Is there a drive-in theater near me?” you wonder. “And how can I get the most out of my movie experience?” Well, wonder no more. Here’s how to make your trip to the drive-in theater the perfect night out.
Find a Drive-in Theater Near You
Drive-in theaters aren’t quite as popular as they used to be, but they’re still out there. In late 2019, there were 305 across America. Then, the COVID-19 pandemic hit, and drive-in theaters became a socially distanced movie solution.
In 2020, quite a few brand-new drive-in theaters opened — and closed locations reopened—in a drive-in resurgence.
That means drive-in theaters within driving distance are easier than ever to find. To find your nearest drive-in location, go to DriveInMovie.com and search by state, town or country; and book a Zipcar to get you there!
Can’t find one near you? Get creative with the drive-in theater ideas below and DIY your own drive-in movie night.
Drive-in Movie Car Setup
These days, going to a drive-in movie is a real event. You might need to drive a couple of hours to get to your nearest location and when you get there, you’ll stay in or near your vehicle. A great drive-in experience depends on comfort, so make sure you have a few helpful accessories on hand.
To turn your Zipcar into a DIY glamper, pack folding chairs, blankets and cushions to make snuggling easier. Don’t forget bug spray and a fan if it’s hot — and bring a flashlight in case you need to get around in the dark. A radio, a backup battery, or a USB power pack might also come in handy. Make sure to download any radio apps for drive-in movies before heading out.
What to Bring With You to a Drive-in Movie
Movies aren’t complete without snacks and drinks. There might be a snack stand at the theater, but if there isn’t — or if you’d rather skip the expense — you’ll need to bring your own chow. You’ll probably also need a little cash, a trash bag to make sure you leave the car clean, and a few things to do while you wait for the movie to start.
Pre-movie game ideas include cards, frisbee, soccer, and football. You’ll also want to wear comfy clothing so that you stay snug as the night wears on.
Drive-in Movie Tips
First time at a drive-in movie theater? In that case, you’ll need to brush up on your outdoor drive-in etiquette before you go. Here are a few tips to keep you on the level:
Don’t let your battery die: You won’t be able to leave, and you’ll make it hard for other people to leave at the end of the evening, too.
Don’t leave your car running unless you need to use the air conditioning in hot weather
Park at least six feet away from the nearest vehicle to give people space
Listen to the movie with your smartphone or a portable radio if you’re sitting outside your vehicle
Drive-in movies really are a treat. Pack for comfort; bring snacks, and follow the tips above and you’re bound to have a great time.