Guide to Drive-In Movie Theaters In and Around Jax

drive-in movieIt’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

Sun-Ray Cinema’s Pop-Up Drive-In
Website  |  Facebook
Tailgaters Parking, 225 Talleyrand Avenue, Jacksonville, Florida 32202
(904) 359-0049

$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.

Sun-Ray Cinema
1028 Park Street, Jacksonville, Florida 32204
(904) 359-0049

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
(904) 269-2422

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
(904) 599-9035

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.

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The Ocala Drive-In is open seven nights a week. Photo courtesy of Vic Micolucci.

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!

Epic Theatres of St. Augustine
Website Facebook
112 Theatre Drive, St. Augustine, Florida 32086
(904) 808-1885

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.

Epic Theatres of West Volusia (Deltona)
Website Facebook
939 Hollywood Boulevard, Deltona, Florida 32725
(386) 202-2434

Open nightly and admission is $20 per car, per show. The refreshment stand is open. Purchase tickets in advance online.

Epic Theatres of Clermont
Website  |  Facebook
2405 S. Highway 27, Clermont, Florida 34711
(352) 242-6684

Open nightly and admission is $20 per car, per show. The refreshment stand and restrooms are open. Purchase tickets in advance online.

Epic Theatres of Mount Dora
Website Facebook
2300 Spring Harbor Boulevard, Mount Dora, Florida 32757
(352) 268-1559

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.

Ocala Drive-In
Website  |  Facebook
4850 S. Pine Avenue, Ocala, Florida 34480
(352) 629-1325

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.

Silver Moon Drive-In Theatre
Website  |  Facebook
4100 New Tampa Highway, Lakeland, Florida 33815
(863) 682-0849

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.

Joy-Lan Drive-In Theatre
Website Facebook
16414 U.S. 301, Dade City, Florida 33523
(352) 567-5085

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.

Lake Worth Drive-In & Swap Shop
Website Facebook
3438 Lake Worth Road, Palm Springs, Florida 33461
(561) 965-4518

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.

Fort Lauderdale Swap Shop & Drive-In
Website  |  Facebook
3291 West Sunrise Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33311
(954) 791-7927

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.

Funlan Swap Shop & Drive-In (Tampa)
Website  |  Facebook
2302 East Hillsborough Avenue, Tampa, Florida 33610
(813) 234-2311

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.

Ruskin Family Drive-In Theatre
5011 U.S. Highway 41 North, Ruskin, Florida 33572
(813) 645-1455

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
(305) 943-6678

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.

Jesup Drive-In Theatre
3686 Savannah Highway, Jesup, Georgia 31545
(912) 427-7254

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!

Corinna Hoffman
Jacksonville University alumna, Corinna Hoffman is a professional family and baby photographer working at her studio located in Riverside. She is a Yankees fan married to a Red Sox fan by choice. Corinna and her husband, Robert, are both passionate about their baseball teams just as much as they are with the Jacksonville Jaguars! They have been married for 13 years now and have two boys, Lincoln and Lochlan. When she is not photographing other people’s children, she is always taking photos of her kids as you can tell by her Instagram posts. They like to support all things local. Find them at a mom and pop's restaurant, brewery, or family events like the Jumbo Shrimp baseball games. They love the outdoors and camping so you might also find them hiking the nature trails in town!


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