It’s June, y’all, and the kids are finally done with virtual homeschooling! Most of the entertainment hot spots are starting to reopen their doors, yet we are still waiting for the movie theaters to return to semi-business as usual. If enjoying a bucket of fresh popcorn topped with warm butter and a couple of boxes of Raisinets and Sno-Caps while sitting in front of a giant screen remind you of all things summer, then check out the pop-up drive-in movie theaters happening throughout town! Perfect for maintaining your social distance from the comfort of your own car. Be sure to check online or call first to confirm showtimes before heading out.
Drive-In Theaters Throughout Jax
$20 per car (plus tax and service fee). They have an 8:00 p.m. and 10:45 p.m. movie showings. Tickets must be purchased online. Open rain or shine. Bring proof of purchase of tickets to show when you arrive, and you will be directed to a parking spot. Food truck and restrooms will be available.
1028 Park Street, Jacksonville, Florida 32204
Sun-Ray Cinema in 5 Points is also offering “Sun-Ray on Demand” which allows you to rent out the whole theater to yourself and 15 of your family and friends for only $95! Pick whatever movie you want to watch, and the concession stand will also be open. Enjoy the movie theater while social distancing!
Free Cinema Under The Stars, hosted by Orange Park Mall
(**This event has ended for the summer**)
Facebook Event Page
1910 Wells Road Suite 1096A, Orange Park, Florida 32073
Guests can reserve a free ticket through Eventbrite or at the door. Signage will direct guests to the check-in area where an attendant will let you in and direct you where to park. One ticket per vehicle. Movies will begin promptly at 9 p.m.
Drive-In Movie Night at the Markets at Town Center
Facebook Event Page
Parking lot next to Sprouts 4875 Town Center Parkway, Jacksonville, Florida 32246
June 12 is the pilot event featuring the Back to the Future movie and is donation only, benefitting Wolfson Children’s Hospital. You can get your ticket via Eventbrite. Your ticket provides guaranteed admission to the event but does not guarantee a certain spot at the event. The venue opens at 6 p.m. and the lots will be on a first-come, first-serve basis. One ticket per vehicle. There might be another drive-in movie event after this one benefiting a different charity, so stay tuned to Markets at Town Center’s Facebook page for the latest info.
Drive-In Theaters Outside of Town
If you’re up to venturing outside town, then there are several drive-in movie theaters throughout Florida. Most major studios are holding off on releasing blockbuster movies right now, but you can still catch some retro movies!
Open nightly rain or shine. Admission is $20 per car, per show. The refreshment stand is open, as well as the restroom. You are able to sit outside as long as you are sitting near your car. Purchase tickets online in advance.
Open nightly and admission is $20 per car, per show. The refreshment stand is open. Purchase tickets in advance online.
Open nightly and admission is $20 per car, per show. The refreshment stand and restrooms are open. Purchase tickets in advance online.
Mt. Dora Drive-In will run two shows nightly starting at dusk unless noted on their Facebook page. Admission is $20 per car, per show. If you would like to stay for both features, the second ticket is half off ($10) at the box office. The refreshment stand is open.
Open seven nights a week including all holidays regardless if it’s raining or not. Admission is $6 per adult, $3 per child (6-12 years old), and children 5 and under are free. Cash preferred. They are currently playing new releases as well as classic movies like Indiana Jones and Grease.
A local favorite, this drive-in has been in Lakeland for more than 70 years now! It is open seven nights a week including holidays. Admission is $6 per adult, $2 per child (4-9 years old), and children 3 and under are free. You pay as you enter the theater. No advance tickets can be purchased. New movie schedules start on Fridays.
The Joy-Lan Drive-In Theatre opened on October 31, 1950, and it’s still in working condition! Open seven nights a week for the summer. Admission is $6 per adult, $2 per child (4-9 years old), and children 3 and under are free. Gates open 30 min. before showtime. Snack bar is available.
Open 365 days a year, this drive-in is a great option for West Palm Beach area outing. Admission is $7 per adult, $2 per child (5-11 years old), and children 4 and under are free. The theater asks to not gather in groups (no more than 5 people) and to cover mouth and nose with a face mask when around others for COVID-19 prevention.
Open 365 days a year. Admission is $7 per adult, $2 per child (5-11 years old), and children 4 and under are free. Due to COVID-19, movie patrons will be required to wear a face mask if outside their vehicle. The concession stand is open for business.
Drive-in theater is open nightly seven days a week including holidays unless noted on their Facebook page. Admission is $7 per adult, $2 per child (5-11 years old), and children 4 and under are free.
This family-oriented drive-in theatre that is open year-round, rain or shine, and shows two movies a night. Admission is $6 per adult (this includes both movies), $1 per child (5-8 years old), and children 4 and under are free. Cash only. Snack bar is open but outside food and beverage are permitted for an additional $5 per car. Alcohol is prohibited.
Hard Rock Stadium (opening date TBD)
347 Don Shula Dr, Miami Gardens, FL 33056
The NFL’s Miami Dolphins sees the need of their fans to have family entertainment “where they can be safely socially distant and socially present at the same time” so they opened up their football stadium for a drive-in movie, which can accommodate up to 230 cars. Click here for the movie schedule. Perhaps Jacksonville Jaguars will follow suit? When I called the TIAA Bank Field to inquire of something similar, I was told nothing is in concrete, but they want to do something for the city of JAX also.
Georgia’s oldest drive-in movie theatre is open Thursday through Sunday only and shows two movies each night. All tickets are $5 per person and can be purchased online only. The box office cannot sell a ticket. If bringing outside food or beverage you can purchase a food permit for an additional $5 online. Follow the directions online when purchasing tickets. A movie ticket allows you to see both movies, the first and second features.
Due to high demand for drive-in theaters right now, show up at least an hour beforehand to beat the rush and claim your parking spot.
Please comment below with any additional drive-in theaters we may have missed!