Remember the days when we could all sit freely in a full house movie theater, popping popcorn in our mouths, drinking the extra-large sodas or fruit juices, and nachos filled with what I like to call plastic cheese? Those days look to be long behind us. There is a new alternative to catching the latest flick. Well, it is not new at all. It seems as though history is repeating itself, and we are all looking for socially distanced ways to entertain ourselves and our families. 

Drive-in Movie theaters have become a fun source for many families who are looking for socially-distanced fun. I love this idea because you have the option to bring in snacks or stop by the concession stand for your favorite treat. The best part about it is you can enjoy your movie under the stars! Check out Austin’s Drive-In Movie theaters that you and your family can safely enjoy. 

***Please note: to promote social distancing and safety, all locations are observing CDC Guidelines. Please review each website listed for more information on keeping your family safe while visiting.***

Blue Starlight Drive-In
The most popular and longest-running drive-in in the Austin area is Blue Starlight Drive-In. Servicing only 15-40 vehicles per night, Blue Starlight has made it a goal to focus on quality.  You and your family will enjoy viewing the classics and more. Order your classic movie concessions from your car online and pick up your order once you are ready to check-in.

Multiple locations: Austin-Downtown, Austin-Mueller, and Round Rock
Price Point: $25-$35 per car
Reservations required: Yes (During COVID)

Dripping Springs Drive-In Theater 
Enjoy your movie under the stars and surrounded by nature. This mini drive-in theater is located in Dripping Springs, with a secondary location at Pioneer Farms. Currently, showings are only available at the Pioneer Farms location. Be sure to check out their website to see if your preferred location is operating for the date and time you would like to visit. Concessions are available at this location. 

Price Point: $10 per person (12+), $5.00 (11 and under)
Reservations required: Yes

Doc’s Drive-In Theater
If you find yourself in the mood for more modern movies, Doc’s Drive-In Theater is the place to go. Outside food and drinks are not allowed. You can purchase from Doc’s Diner and Mama Merlot’s for food and beverage. Check out their First Timer’s guide for more information on booking a showing.

Price Point: Car Slot: $12, $10 (Ages 12+), $6 (4-11), Free (3 and under)
Reservations required: Yes

Ranger Cattle
When you think Ranger Cattle, you may think cowboys and ranching. This veteran-owned and operated ranch is known for more than its farm-to-table operations. Ranger Cattle is not your average ranch or drive-in theater. Drive-in movies are available every Friday. Before watching on the big screen, enjoy live music, cocktails, and beverages. Concessions are available during the movie. If you can not find available tickets via the Ranger Cattle website, check out EventBrite as the most current events are posted there. 

Price Point: $50
Reservations required: Yes

The Globe Drive-In
Located in Pflugerville at The Global Drive-In, you have the option to choose from your favorite classic or more modern-day films. Movie nights are on select Fridays through Sunday. You are welcome to bring food and drinks. Should you choose not to bring treats, pre-packaged concessions are available and brought directly to your vehicle. 

Price Point: Starting $16.00
Reservations required: Yes

The Ultimate Drive-In 
Get your classic movie fix at The Ultimate Drive-In Theater. Located on Pleasant Valley Road in Austin, you will find the twin drive-in theater one that offers the Ultimate Flex Pass so you and your family may enjoy any of their public movie events for a full year. You will have access to options from their concession stand that you are welcome to order. Due to COVID-19, snacks are brought directly to your vehicle.

Price Point:$21 per carload
Reservations required: Yes

 

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Patrice was born and raised a Georgia Peach, and thanks to her military service in the U.S. Air Force, she has lived in several states. Patrice is a Grantham University graduate student, holding her Bachelor’s in Business and her M.B.A. She is the wife of Daniel and mom to Dana and Alana. Passionate about her family and running the family business with Daniel, she is always looking to learn something new. Writing, traveling, and dancing is just a shortlist of her hobbies. You'll often catch her with her head in a book, enjoying all of the local Tex-Mex restaurants and exploring Austin’s most beautiful hiking spots.

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