You read about bear hunts, sing about Old McDonald and watch Finding Nemo more times than you can count. Now…
Growing up, I loved our family trips to the drive-in. We got to stay up late, eat in the car and enjoy two movies (if we could keep our eyes open). This popular pastime may be a rare find these days, but definitely worth the trip. Here are our top reasons why you should check out a drive-in movie this summer and where to find one:
- Two for the price of one! Drive-ins offer new releases as a double feature for $10 a person (less for kids). That’s the price of one ticket at the theater.
- You don’t need a sitter. Whether it’s family night or date night, it’s easy to bring the kids to the drive-in. Since movies start at dusk (which is pretty late these days), your kids may just fall asleep in the backseat while you enjoy adult time up front.
- It’s fun! Stuff the car with pillows, blankets and snacks for the evening out. You can sit inside your car, pop the hatch back, or my personal favorite, sit on the car hood.
COVID-19 UPDATES: For the safety of guests, tickets must be purchased online in advance and families must remain with in 6ft of their vehicles. Drive-ins will operate at half capacity to allow for space between cars.
14900 Beck Rd, Plymouth, MI 48170
This three screen pop-up drive-in is a summer bucket list must. Located in the parking lot of USA Hockey Arena, arrive early to get a good spot and make new friends with the folks in the cars next to you, families toss balls and play games before the show. You can also order dinner from CJ’s Brewery Company and have it delivered to your car during the movie!
COVID-19 Update: For the safety of guests, families are asked to remain near their vehicle, restrooms inside USA Hockey Arena will be open to the public and cleaned every 30 minutes, online food orders can be made and delivered to your car, and there will only be one movie showing each night.
10400 Ford Rd, Dearborn, MI 48126
Ford-Wyoming has been showing movies since 1950 and it is the largest drive-in theater in the world with 5 screens. This is where I went growing up and it hasn’t changed since – they even show the dancing concession cartoon before the show! With permanent screens and designated parking it’s easy to find a spot. There is a concessions building with bathrooms for your favorite movie snacks. Ford-Wyoming is open year round! So if there’s a movie you want to see but your kids are too little for the theater – this is the place to go!
US 23 Drive-In Theater
5200 Fenton Rd, Flint, MI 48507
Open from April to September US 23 is a great spot to catch a movie if you’re in Genesee, Oakland or Macomb counties. Sit in your car or on the lawn in front of the screens.
2359 Joslyn Ct, Orion Charter Township, MI 48360
In response to the COVID-19 outbreak and social distancing protocol, Canterbury Village will set up a daily drive-in mid-May. Only 150 cars allowed per showing due to social distancing. Each car will be given a 20′ wide space to keep a safe distance between cars. The movies sound will be played through your car radio. Due to social distancing, All tickets will be ONLY sold in advance online and are limited.
Macomb County Drive In Movies
14000 Lakeside Circle, Sterling Heights MI, 48313
Come with friends or family & enjoy a movie in your vehicle with proper social distancing. Our large LED video screen allows for great viewing – even during the day and in the sun. Only 150 cars are allowed per showing for proper distancing and viewing. Each vehicle will have a 15’ x 20’ space for proper social distancing. You may bring chairs, blankets, and pillows. Begins June 18th
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About Carrie Budzinski
Carrie Budzinski is the Vice President of LittleGuide Detroit. She grew up in Livonia and Detroit and continues to live life in both cities. Carrie loves exploring the city and finding hidden gems in the suburbs..