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Drive-in movies: The Blue Fox Drive-in at Sunset Fox

Sunset at the Blue Fox Drive-In in Oak Harbor. Photo courtesty of Blue Fox Drive-In.

Drive-in movies are open! Here’s where.

Be sure to reserve your tickets in advance!

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 in 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.

Pop-up drive-ins

BECU Drive-In Movies at Marymoor Park


Tickets have been selling crazy-fast for this popular this pop-up drive-in, so good luck to you. Prices are $25 per car. There will be showings Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays throughout August.

Shoreline Arts Council Pop-up Drive-In Series


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.

accesso ShoWare Outdoor Cinema


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.

Night Light Drive-In at Open Space

Vashon Island

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.

LeMay America’s Car Museum


Showings will be on four Saturday nights in August. (August 1, 8, 15 and 22.) General admission is $20 per vehicle. Preregistration required.

Drive-in Theaters

Rodeo Drive-In


Open Friday through Tuesday. Admission: $10 adults, $7 age 5-12.

Blue Fox Drive-In

Oak Harbor

Reservations, which cost $10 per vehicle, are required. Admission $7 for adults, $1.50 for kids aged 5-10.

Wheel-In Motor Movie

Port Townsend

Open Wednesday through Sunday. (Reservations recommended Friday through Sunday.) Price $15 per vehicle.

Skyline Drive-in


It costs $5 to reserve a spot for a vehicle. There’s also an admission charge, to be paid in cash when you arrive.

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About the Author

Fiona Cohen

Fiona Cohen lives in Ballard with her husband, two teenagers, a big vegetable garden and an absurd cat. She is the author of "Curious Kids Nature Guide," and is working on a new nature book for kids, to be published by Little Bigfoot in 2022.