Once upon a time, when the baby boomers were teenagers, drive-in movies were plentiful and popular. But better home entertainment options and rising land prices brought that boom to an end, so today’s Generation-X and Millennial parents grew up without the joy of watching features through a car windshield while listening on tinny speakers.
But this summer, drive-in movies are having a resurgence, not because of any shift in technology, or real estate, but because there’s hardly anything else to do. All kinds of other entertainment options, including every other kind of cinema, are out of the question, so it’s time to embrace the practices of a half-century ago. No doubt Generation-Z teenagers will welcome the opportunity to make out the relative privacy of cars, while the movie shows.
Here are some places to see drive-in movies in the Seattle area. Always buy your tickets in advance. Actually, buy them as far in advance as you can manage. These movies are popular.
Here’s how popular this pop-up drive-in is. As of July 20, every showing in July was sold out. Ticket sales for August showings open on Tuesday, July 21 at 5 p.m. Don’t expect them to last long. Prices are $25 per car. There will be showings Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays throughout August.
These movies sell out well in advance, and as of July 20, there is only one available, a showing of Washington-made short films on Aug. 8. $25 per car.
They’ll be showing two different movies a night, Wednesday through Sunday through August. 30. Buy tickets in advance on the website. General admission is $30.
Movies 9 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday until Sept. 27. Concession orders must be before 7 p.m. on the day of the show. $20 per car.
Showings will be on four Saturday nights in August. (August 1, 8, 15 and 22.) General admission is $20 per vehicle. Preregistration required.
Open Friday through Tuesday. Admission: $10 adults, $7 age 5-12.
Reservations, which cost $10 per vehicle, are required. Admission $7 for adults, $1.50 for kids aged 5-10.
Open Wednesday through Sunday. (Reservations recommended Friday through Sunday.) Price $15 per vehicle.
It costs $5 to reserve a spot for a vehicle. There’s also an admission charge, to be paid in cash when you arrive.