Pet friendly drive-in movie theaters are a great summer activity. What could be better than watching your favorite blockbuster without leaving your furry family at home?!

White terrier at the wheel of a red truck parked at a pet friendly movie theater
 

It’s hard to beat watching a blockbuster on the big screen. The only thing better is taking your pet along! Luckily, there are hundreds of pet friendly movie theaters throughout the United States and Canada where you can do just that.

If you ask me, it’s time to take your cat (or dog) to the movies!

Drive-Ins: Pet Friendly Movie Theaters

The first drive-in movie theater opened in New Jersey in 1933. By the early 1950s, the United States had thousands of theaters. But drive-ins fell on hard times beginning in the 1970s. Much of the land they were located on had become too valuable to only be used for a few hours each night.

But now, outdoor movies are experiencing a minor Renaissance. Several new theaters have been built in recent years, and old theaters are being refurbished. Some theaters are even positioning themselves as entertainment centers – complete with game rooms, sit-down restaurants, and beer gardens.

And many communities offer pop-up theaters as fundraisers or just plain old fun.

Old car driving by Orange Drive-In movie .
Photo courtesy Orange County Archives.

Also fueling the drive-ins’ comeback is the growth in the number of people looking for fun activities they can enjoy with their pets. And outdoor movies are one of the most pet friendly entertainment options out there!

Read on for everything you’ll need to know before planning a trip to a pet friendly movie theater with your pets.

 

Outdoor Movie Tips For Newbies With Pets

If you’ve never been to a drive-in movie, or haven’t attended in decades, there are a few things you need to know.

Many Drive-ins Are Cash Only

Even theaters that accept debit or credit cards at the concession stand require cash at the box office to keep the line of cars moving quickly.

Theaters that accept only cash are noted in the list below. But check the website for the theater you’re planning to visit to make sure you have enough cash on hand before you arrive.

Arrive Early

Drive-in theaters open at least 90 minutes before the movie starts. Cars usually line up at the entrance (and along the roadways approaching the theater) on busy nights.

Arriving early gives you time to find a parking spot, get something to eat, and walk the dog. Also, popular movies can sell out, and getting there early will ensure you get a ticket!

The Sound Comes Through FM Radio

While some theaters have a few car speakers for nostalgia’s sake, all theaters play the movie sound over FM radio. If your radio doesn’t work, or if you’re worried about the charge on your battery, you’ll need to bring a portable radio with you. (Some theaters rent radios for a small fee.)

Smiling Woman and beagle dog in car at a pet friendly movie theater wearing matching sunglasses.
 

Most Drive-ins Show Two Movies For One Price

Nearly every drive-in movie theater offers two movies (and sometimes even three or four) for one price. This makes for a very affordable night out.

Support The Concession Stand

Most drive-ins strictly prohibit you from bringing in outside food. Or if they allow it, they’ll charge you at least $5 for a food permit.

As any drive-in owner will tell you, the movie suppliers take as much as 90% of the box office sales. So drive-ins (as well as indoor theaters) rely on concession sales to keep the lights on.

The good news is that, compared to indoor theaters, outdoor theater concession prices are a bargain. Drive-in popcorn will cost about half of what you’d pay at your local metroplex. And in addition to candy and popcorn, many drive-ins serve hot food like pizza and burgers. Some even sell locally-sourced eats and craft beers!

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Modern Cars Aren’t Made For Drive-in Movies

These days many cars have lights that stay on when you’re running the radio or other accessories. Check your owner’s manual before you go to learn how to keep your lights off. If you can’t figure it out, bring tape and heavy paper to cover over your headlights.

And the number one rule of  drive in etiquette …

Don’t Block Anyone’s View

Some theaters direct people to different parts of the theater based on the height of their vehicle. If you try to pull your SUV or truck into the front row, you’ll be asked to move.

If you decide to back your car into your spot and put the hatch back up, bring a bungee cord or twine to keep it from rising any higher than the roof of your car.

And finally, be sure to check the theater’s website to learn about their policies and make sure they still allow pets.

Pitbull Dog sitting in car in Marfa, TX
 

Tips For Taking Your Pet To The Movies

On a lovely weekend night, the drive-in can be a crazy place. Before taking your pet, you’ll want to be sure they feel comfortable with crowds and that they don’t take their guard dog responsibilities too seriously.

Most drive-in theaters, but not all, allow your pet to join you on a lawn chair or blanket in front of your car. And if you have to walk your dog, they will ask you to stay away from the concession stand and play areas in front of the screen. A far corner of the property is usually designated for potty breaks.

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Buster the German Shepherd dog laying on a blanket with a squeaky ball
 

In fact, you might want to bring a flash light in case nature calls for your pup in the middle of the movie.

Most drive-in theaters have the same rules for pets. They must:

  • be on a leash no longer than 6 feet whenever they are outside the car.
  • be friendly or at least tolerant toward other people and dogs.
  • not bark or otherwise disturb anyone watching the movie.
  • be accompanied by a responsible person at all times equipped with the means to clean up after them.
  • stay away from the concession stand or the playground areas.

A few of the theaters only allow pets as long as they remain in the car. Normally I would not consider that a pet friendly policy, but some dogs who dislike crowds feel quite comfortable in their car. That makes drive-in movies a great activity for reactive dogs—as long as they don’t bark every time someone walks by.

While people assume that dogs are the only pets going to the movies, when contacting theaters, we asked about “pets,” not just dogs. If a theater made any mention of cats or other animals, it’s noted on the list.

At the time of this post, the following list of drive-ins were pet friendly movie theaters.

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United States Pet Friendly Drive-In Movie Theaters By State

Alabama Pet Friendly Drive-Ins

Grand River Drive-In
6200 Grand River Pkwy
Leeds, AL 35094

This pet friendly movie theater comes complete with its own off-leash dog park!

Sand Mountain Twin Drive-In
10480 US-431
Boaz, AL 35956

Arkansas Pet Friendly Drive-Ins

Kenda Drive-In
US-65
Marshall, AR 72650

This theater accepts only cash.

Stone Drive-In
808 Theatre Lane
Mountain View, AR 72560

This theater accepts only cash.

California Pet Friendly Drive-Ins

Lakeport Auto Movies
52 Soda Bay Road
Lakeport CA 95453

Lakeport asks that dogs be kept in the vehicle at all times. If you need to walk them, they ask that you do so along the fence on the north-east side of the lot (opposite of the entrance).

Madera Drive-In
201 E Lincoln Avenue
Madera, CA 93638

Sunset Drive-In
255 Elks Lane
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

Skyline Drive-In
31175 Old Highway 58
Barstow, CA 92311

This pet friendly drive-in movie theater only accepts cash for payment.

Vineland Drive-In
443 N Vineland Avenue
City of Industry, CA 91746

Woman tasting cheese and wine sitting with her dog in wine country
 

Colorado Pet Friendly Drive-Ins

88 Drive-In
8780 Rosemary Street
Commerce City, CO 80022

Their website says that dogs must be kept on a leash whenever they are out of your car. And you must (of course) clean up after them. They offer clean up bags at the snack bar.

Blue Starlite Mini Urban Drive-In Theater
801 Ed6
Minturn, CO 81645

This is a mini, urban drive-in. You can walk-in, ride your bike, or bring a car. If you drive, you must pay for a car spot and individual admission for everyone besides the driver. You can reserve a spot online before you arrive which is a good idea on weekends when they are busy. The Blue Starlite is the highest drive-in in the country at 8,000 feet above sea level.

Comanche Drive-In
27784 Co Road 339
Buena Vista, CO 81211

The Comanche requires dogs to stay in vehicles and to remain quiet.

Holiday Twin Drive-In
2206 South Overland Trail
Fort Collins, CO 80526

Theater accepts cash only at the box office but takes credit and debit cards at the concession stand.

Mesa Drive-In
2625 Sante Fe Drive
Pueblo, CO 81006

Theater accepts cash only.

Star Drive-In
600 East Miami Road
Montrose, CO 81401

Tru Vu Drive-In
1001 Highway 92
Delta, CO 81416

True-Vu is one of the theaters asking that dogs be kept in the vehicle at all times. If they need a walk for relief, please return them to the car immediately afterwards.

Antique car parked in front of Dot's Diner in Lowell, AZ
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Connecticut Pet Friendly Drive-Ins

Mansfield Drive-In
228 Stafford Road
Mansfield Center, CT 06250

Pleasant Valley Drive-In
47 River Road
Barkhamsted, CT 06063

Theater accepts cash only. You must keep your dog on a leash whenever they are outside your vehicle.

Florida Pet Friendly Drive-Ins

Joy-Lan Drive-In
16414 Highway 301
Dade City, FL 33523

Pets are located on leash on the drive-in grounds. But they are not allowed in the concession area.

Ocala Drive-In
4850 S Pine Avenue
Ocala, FL 34480

This theater offers a discount for customers who pay cash.

Ruskin Family Drive-In
5011 Highway 41 North
Ruskin, FL 33572

Theater accepts cash only.

Silver Moon Drive-In
4100 New Tampa Highway
Lakeland, FL 33815

Pets are allowed on leash on the drive-in grounds. But they are not allowed in the concession area.

Treasure Coast Park and Watch
601 Seaway Drive
Fort Pierce, FL 34949

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Georgia Pet Friendly Drive-Ins

Swan Drive-In
651 Summit Street
Blue Ridge, GA 30513

Theater accepts cash only.

Tiger Drive-In
2956 Old Highway 441 S
Tiger, GA 30576

Tiger allows you to bring your RV or tent to camp after the movie. Camping is $20 for tents and $40 for RVs and includes a bathroom and showers plus a BBQ grill you can use.

Wilderness Outdoor Movie Theater
217 Old Hales Gap Road
Trenton, GA 30752

Theater accepts cash only.

Idaho Pet Friendly Drive-Ins

Idan-Ha Drive-In
162 W 2nd Street South
Soda Springs, ID 83276

Parma Drive-In
29522 Highway 95
Parma, ID 83660

Terrace Drive-In
4011 Lake Avenue
Caldwell, ID 83605

Teton Vu Drive-In
1114 N Yellowstone Highway
Rexburg, ID 83440

The Spud Drive-In
2175 S Highway 33
Driggs, ID 83422

This theater has two tiny cabins that allow pets. You can watch movies from your front porch or hot tub! NOTE: This theater’s screen was damaged in a storm in 2022. Please call to make sure repairs have been made before planning your visit.

Black and golden Cocker Spaniel dogs in back of car
 

Illinois Pet Friendly Drive-Ins

Harvest Moon Drive-In
1175 South Sangamon Avenue
Gibson City, IL 60936

Theater accepts cash only at the box office but takes credit and debit cards at the concession stand.

McHenry Outdoor Theater
1510 Chapel Hill Road
McHenry, IL 60050

Route 34 Drive-In
4468 E 12th Road
Earlville, IL 60518

Theater accepts cash only. Dogs and cats are allowed.

Skyview Drive-In
5700 North Belt West
Belleville, IL 62226

Skyview is one of the most permissive theaters. It allows you to bring in both food and alcohol, as well as pets. They advise you to bring a pad for your pet if they’ll be enjoying the movie outside since the ground is rocky. Cash only for admission but debit and credit cards are accepted at the concession stand.

Sky View Drive-In
1500 Historic Route 66 N
Litchfield, IL 62056

Indiana Pet Friendly Drive-Ins

13-24 Drive-In
890 North Road 13
Wabash, IN 46992

49er Drive-In
675 N Calumet Avenue
Valparaiso, IN 46383

This theater accepts cash only.

Auburn Garrett Drive-In
1014 State Route 8
Garrett, IN 46738

Please note that this theater’s screen was damaged in a storm in 2022. Call before planning your visit to make sure they are again showing movies.

Bel-Air Drive-In
337 North Hwy 421
Versailles, IN 47042

Theater accepts cash only.

CenterBrook Drive-In Theater
6735 Route 67 North
Martinsville, IN 46151

Cinema67 Drive-In
2037 State Highway 67
Spencer, IN 47460

Holiday Drive-In
646 N State Road 161
Rockport, IN 47625

Theater accepts cash only.

Holiday Drive-In
1055 State Road 37
Mitchell, IN 47446

Hummel Drive-In
2870 East Route 32
Winchester, IN 47394

This theater accepts cash only.

Huntington Twin Drive-In
1291 Condit Street
Huntington, IN 46750

Lake Shore Drive-In
100 Rickey Road
Monticello, IN 47960

Skyline Drive-In
3986 East Michigan Road
Shelbyville, IN 46176

Starlite Drive-In
7630 South Old State Road 37
Bloomington, IN 47403

The Moonlite Drive-In
5056 Lafayette Avenue
Terre Haute, IN 47805

Tibbs Drive-In
480 S Tibbs Avenue
Indianapolis, IN 46241

Brindle dog in the back seat of a car on a cross country road trip
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Iowa Pet Friendly Drive-Ins

Blue Grass Drive-In
774 W Mayne Street
Blue Grass, IA 52726

Superior 71 Drive-In
1482 300th Avenue
Spirit Lake, IA 51360

Valle Drive-In
4074 Highway F48
Newton, IA 50208

Valle is one of the few theaters that allows alcohol on the premises.

Kansas Pet Friendly Drive-Ins

Boulevard Drive-In
1051 Merriam Lane
Kansas City, KS 66103

Theater accepts cash only.

Starlite Drive-In
3900 S Hydraulic Avenue
Wichita, KS 67216

Kentucky Pet Friendly Drive-Ins

Calvert Drive-In
111 Drive In Lane
Calvert City, KY 42029

Sauerbeck Family Drive-In
3210 D.W. Griffith Lane
La Grange, KY 40031

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Maine Pet Friendly Drive-Ins

Bangor Drive-In
1674 Hammond Street
Hermon, ME 04401

Bridgton Twin Drive-In
383 Portland Road
Bridgton, ME 04009

Narrow Gauge Drive-In
15 Front Street
Farmington, ME 04938

Saco Drive-In
980 Portland Road
Saco, ME 04072

Maryland Pet Friendly Drive-Ins

Bengies Drive-In
3417 Eastern Boulevard
Middle River, MD 21220

Theater accepts cash only at the box office but takes credit and debit cards at the concession stand.

Massachusetts Pet Friendly Drive-Ins

Mendon Twin Drive-In
35 Milford Street
Mendon, MA 01756

Mendon has a beer/wine garden. Dogs, however, are not allowed in that area.

Moonrise Cinemas
428 Court Street
Plymouth, MA 02360

Wellfleet Drive-In
51 Route 6
Wellfleet, MA 02667

Jack Russell Terrier dog looks out of the car window. Traveling with a pet.
 

Michigan Pet Friendly Drive-ins

Capri Drive-In
119 West Chicago Road
Coldwater, MI 49036

Theater accepts cash only.

Cherry Bowl Drive-In
9812 Honor Highway
Honor, MI 49640

Five Mile Drive-In
28190 State Route 152
Dowagiac, MI 49047

Ford Drive-In
10400 Ford Road
Dearborn, MI 48126

This theater is open year-round (weekends only in winter) and supplies in-car heaters in the winter. It’s a perfect theater for you to enjoy with your pets in any season. Michigan in winter is definitely more comfortable when you have a warm pup to cuddle!

Getty Drive-In
920 E Summit Avenue
Muskegon, MI 49444

Hi-Way Drive-In
2778 E Sanilac Road (M-46)
Carsonville, MI 48471

Hi-Way Drive-In asks that dogs be kept in the vehicle at all times.

Memory Lane Drive-In
6501 N Monroe Street
Monroe, MI 48162

Sunset Drive-In
69071 Red Arrow Highway
Hartford, MI 49057

US 23 Drive-In
5200 Fenton Road
Flint, MI 48507

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Minnesota Pet Friendly Drive-Ins

Long Drive-In
24257 Riverside Drive
Long Prairie, MN 56347

This theater allows primitive camping for tents ($10) and RVs ($18). Make reservations in advance.

Sky-Vu Drive-In
34914 Highway 1 West
Warren, MN 56762

Starlite Drive-In
28264 Highway 22
Litchfield, MN 55355

Theater accepts cash only.

Verne Drive-In
1607 S Kniss Avenue
Luverne, MN 56156

Missouri Pet Friendly Drive-Ins

19 Drive-In
5853 Highway 19
Cuba, MO 65453

21 Drive-In
MO-34
Van Buren, MO 63965

66 Drive-In
17231 Old 66 Boulevard
Carthage, MO 64836

Rock ‘N’ Roll Drive-In
272 Drive-In Lane
Chaffee, MO 63740

Starlite Drive-In
15605 N State Hwy 21
Cadet, MO 63630

If you need to walk your pet, they require you to stay near the tree line.

Sunset Drive-In
1601 E Church Street
Aurora, MO 65605

Theater accepts cash only at the box office. But the concession stand accepts credit and debit cards.

Twin Drive-In
1320 North 291
Independence, MO 64055

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Montana Pet Friendly Drive-Ins

Silver Bow Twin Drive-In
Silver Bow Road
Butte, MT 59750

Theater accepts cash only. Pets must remain inside car or cab of truck.

Nebraska Pet Friendly Drive-Ins

Quasar Drive-In
13427 N 300th Street
Valley, NE 68064

TK-Starlite Drive-In
1000 US-275
Neligh, NE 68756

New Hampshire Pet Friendly Drive-Ins

Milford Drive-In
531 Elm Street
Milford, NH 03055

Northfield Drive-In
981 Northfield Road
Hinsdale, NH 03451

Theater accepts cash only.

Weirs Drive-In
76 Endicott Street E
Laconia, NH 03246

New Jersey Pet Friendly Drive-Ins

Delsea Drive-In
2203 South Delsea Drive
Vineland, NJ 08360

Pets are allowed on Saturdays ONLY. Bring a bowl for your pet and fill it in the restrooms. Outside water is forbidden under the food policies.

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New York Pet Friendly Drive-Ins

Bay Drive-In
State Route 26
Alexandria Bay, NY 13607

Black River Drive-In
28035 State Route 3
Watertown, NY 13601

From the Black River Drive-in website: “Pets are discouraged but allowed provided they are: not vicious, are quiet and kept on a leash and at all times, and under the supervision of an adult.  Please “walk” the tree line with your pet, not the area in front of the screen, it‘s your responsibility to clean it up.  Pets are not allowed in the concession building.”

Delevan Twin Drive-In
11771 State Route 16
Delevan, NY 14042

Elmira Drive-In
2431 Route 352
Elmira, NY 14903

El Rancho Drive-In
6070 Route 5
Palatine Bridge, NY 13428

Theater accepts cash only.

Fair Oaks Drive-In
365 Bloomingburg Road
Middletown, NY 10940

Fingerlakes Drive-In
1064 Clark Street Road
Aurelius, NY 13021

Four Brothers Drive-In
4957 New York 22
Amenia, NY 12501

Four Brothers is a new era theater with food trucks serving locally-sourced food. You’ll also find dog treats on the menu. And they have a few tent sites for overnight stays.

Greenville Drive-In
10700 Route 32
Greenville, NY 12083

Greenville shows classic films. Buy a Pup Pass at the gate. You can buy locally-sourced food and meet brewers at the beer garden.

Hathaway’s Drive-In
4762 State Route 67
North Hoosic, NY 12133

Hi-way Drive-In
10699 Route 9W
Coxsackie, NY 12051

Hollywood Drive-In
9254 Averill Park Road
Averill Park, NY 12018

Hyde Park Drive-In
4114 Albany Post Road
Hyde Park, NY 12538

Jericho Drive-In
21 Jericho Road
Glenmont, NY 12077

Malta Drive-In
2785 Route 9
Malta, NY 12020

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Dog drinking from water bowl
 

Midway Drive-In
2475 Route 48
Fulton, NY 13069

From the Midway Drive-in website: “Pets are discouraged but allowed provided they are: not vicious, are quiet and kept on a leash at all times, and under the supervision of an adult. Please “walk” the tree line with your pet, not the ramps or the area in front of the screen, it’s your responsibility to clean it up. Pets are not allowed in the concession building.”

Overlook Drive-In
126 Degarmo Road
Poughkeepsie, NY 12603

Ozoner 29 Drive-In
837 Route 29
Broadalbin, NY 12025

Theater accepts cash only.

Portville Drive-In
1060 Olean-Portville Road
Portville, NY 14770

This theater accepts cash only.

Silver Lake Twin Drive-In
7037 Chapman Avenue
Perry, NY 14530

Theater accepts cash only. From the Silver Lake Drive-in’s staff: “Pets are allowed at all of our outdoor facilities (excluding Mini-Golf). We’re very Dog friendly… stop by the Ice Cream parlor for a Doggie Dish Sundae.”

Skyline Drive-In
1 Oak Street
Brooklyn, NY 11222

Tickets can be purchased online only. You’re permitted to drive, bike, or walk in.

Sunset Drive-In
9950 Telegraph Road
Middleport, NY 14105

Transit Drive-In
6655 S Transit Road
Lockport, NY 14094

Valley Brook Drive-In
Burdicks Crossing Road
Greig, NY 13368

Vintage Drive-In
1520 W Henrietta Road
Avon, NY 14414

Warwick Drive-In
5 Warwick Turnpike
Warwick, NY 10990

This theater accepts cash only.

North Carolina Pet Friendly Drive-Ins

Badin Road Drive-In
2411 Badin Road
Albemarle, NC 28001

This theater accepts cash only.

Eden Drive-In
106 Fireman Club Road
Eden, NC 27288

Raleigh Road Outdoor Theater
3336 Raleigh Road
Henderson, NC 27537

Theater accepts cash only. Raleigh Road provides dog treats at the ticket booth and asks that you keep your pets leashed, take your dog for potty breaks at the far edges of the property, and clean up after them.

Stateline Movie Time
3851 Dothan Road
Tabor City, NC 28463

Make sure you arrive early to join the line outside the box office. Blockbusters on a weekend night may sell out.
 

Ohio Pet Friendly Drive-Ins

Blue Sky Drive-In
959 Broad Street
Wadsworth, OH 44281

Dixie Twin Drive-In
6201 N Dixie Drive
Dayton, OH 45414

Elm Road Triple Drive-In
1895 Elm Road NE
Warren, OH 44483

This theater accepts cash only.

Holiday Auto Theatre
1816 Old Oxford Road
Hamilton, OH 45013

Holiday asks that you walk your pet in the grassy area on the East side of the property. You can get plastic clean-up bags at the concession stand.

Liberty Center Field of Dreams Drive-In
V602 Township Road 6
Liberty Center, OH 43532

Magic City Drive-In
5602 S Cleveland-Massillon Road
Barberton, OH 44203

Mayfield Road Drive-In
12100 State Road 322
Chardon, OH 44024

Theater accepts cash only.

Melody 49 Drive-In
7606 Pleasant Plain Road
Brookville, OH 45309

Midway Twin Drive-In
2736 State Route 59
Ravenna, OH 44266

Skyview Drive-In
2420 E Main Street
Lancaster, OH 43130

The Skyview website specifically states that dogs and cats are welcome.

South Drive-In
3050 S High Street
Columbus, OH 43207

Springmill Drive-In
1040 Springmill Road
Mansfield, OH 44906

Star View Drive-In
2083 US Highway 20 West
Norwalk, OH 44857

Tiffin Drive-In
4101 N State Route 53
Tiffin, OH 44883

Van-Del Drive-In
19986 Lincoln Highway
Middle Point, OH 45863

This theater accepts cash only.

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Oklahoma Pet Friendly Drive-Ins

Admiral Twin Drive-In
7355 E Easton Street
Tulsa, OK 74115

Beacon Drive-In
2404 S Division Street
Guthrie, OK 73044

This theater accepts cash only.

Chief Drive-In
South Highway 81
Ninnekah, OK 73067

The Chief is open year-round on weekends.

Cool Breeze RV Cinema and Resort
16653 US Highway 77
Springer, OK 73458

Cool-Breeze is part of an RV park, but you’re welcome at the theater even if you’re not camping.

Tower Drive-In
2214 N Broadway Street
Poteau, OK 74953

Winchester Drive-In
6930 S Western Avenue
Oklahoma City, OK 73139

This theater is cash only. They have an ATM in the concession building. But you must have cash to enter.

From the Winchester website: “Winchester allows only small dogs. All dogs must be on a leash, kept with you at all times, kept from barking or annoying others in any way, and you must clean up after them if they poop. Patrons who try to enter with larger dogs will be turned away. Thank you.”

Oregon Pet Friendly Drive-Ins

99W Drive-In
3110 Portland Road
Newberg, OR 97132

From the 99W website: “Can I bring my dog/cat/ferret/elephant? Yes, as long as the animal is harmless to the customers and our operation. You must keep your animal secured to your vehicle/parking space and are responsible for cleaning/removing any waste left by your animal. You will be solely responsible for damage caused by your animal to the drive-in, yourself, other drive-in patrons or property. Management reserves the right to refuse any animal (including human) admission. Elephants and other larger animals will be charged a single-occupant car admission due to the fact they would take up a car space by themselves. NOTE TO ELEPHANTS AND GIRAFFES: Our ticket window height clearance is 8 ft.”

M-F Drive-In
84322 Highway 11
Milton-Freewater, OR 97862

 

Pennsylvania Pet Friendly Drive-Ins

Becky’s Drive-In
4548 Lehigh Drive
Walnutport, PA 18088

Cumberland Drive-in
715 Centerville Road
Newville, PA 17241

Evergreen Drive-In
309 Drive-in Lane
Mount Pleasant, PA 15666

Theater accepts cash only. Please walk your pet in the designated area between screens 2 and 3 and clean up after them.

Garden Drive-In
26 US Highway 11
Hunlock Creek, PA 18621

Kane Family Drive-In
6627 Route 6 East
Kane, PA 16735

Mahoning Drive-In
635 Seneca Road
Lehighton, PA 18235

Mahoning hosts special events that people drive from miles around to join, like a Halloween costume contest and classic car shows.

Moonlight Drive-In
Route 322
Brookville, PA 15825

Pike Drive-In
5798 South US Highway 15
Montgomery, PA 17752

Point Drive-In
3569 Point Township Drive
Northumberland, PA 17857

Riverside Drive-In
1114 Lees Lake Lane
Vandergrift, PA 15690

Shankweiler’s Drive-In
4540 Shankweiler Road
Orefield, PA 18069

Silver Drive-In
1664 Scalp Avenue
Johnstown, PA 15904

Theater accepts cash only.

Skyview Drive-In
595 S Eighty Eight Road
Carmichaels, PA 15320

Dogs are allowed but must stay in the vehicle unless being walked to the designated pet area.

Sky-Vu Drive-In
813 E Market Street
Gratz, PA 17048

Starlight Drive-In
1985 N Main Street Extention
Butler, PA 16001

Super 322 Drive-In
1682 Woodland-Bigler Highway
Woodland, PA 16881

Theater accepts cash only.

Rhode Island Pet Friendly Drive-Ins

Rustic Tri-View Drive-In
1195 Eddie Dowling Highway
North Smithfield, RI 02776

Please walk your pet in the designated area between screens 2 and 3 and clean up after them.

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South Carolina Pet Friendly Drive-Ins

25 Drive-In
3109 US-25 S
Greenwood, SC 29646

Highway 21 Drive-In
55 Parker Drive
Beaufort, SC 29906

Highway 21 is open year-round.

The Big Mo Drive-In
5822 Columbia Highway North
Monetta, SC 29105

Theater accepts cash only.

South Dakota Pet Friendly Drive-Ins

Hilltop Drive Inn
33575 US Highway 18
Gregory, SD 57533

Midway Drive-In
19808 Rainbow Ranch Place
Miller, SD 57362

Pheasant Drive-In
1600 20th Street West
Mobridge, SD 57601

This theater accepts cash only.

Pheasant City Drive-In
17230 US-281
Redfield, SD 57469

This theater accepts cash only.

Winner Drive-In
US Highway 18
Winner, SD 57580

Brindle dog, woman and two men on the pet friendly patio at Custer Wolf in Custer, SD
 

Tennessee Pet Friendly Drive-Ins

Hi-Way 50 Drive-In
455 Centre Park Drive
Lewisburg, TN 37091

LoCo Drive-In
1584 Fayetteville Highway
Loudon, TN 37774

This theater allows dogs but they must remain in your car. Enjoy food from a concession stand and visiting food trucks.

Moonlite Drive-In
931 W Main Street
Woodbury, TN 37190

Pets are permitted but must not leave the car.

Parkway Drive-In and Café
2909 E Lamar Alexander Pkwy
Maryville, TN 37804

Sparta Drive-In
220 Roberts Matthews Highway
Sparta, TN 38583

Theater accepts cash only. Pets are not allowed in the playground area and must be walked at the back of the lot.

Stardust Drive-In
310 Purple Tiger Drive
Watertown, TN 37184

StateLine Drive-In
2306 State Line Road
Elizabethton, TN 37643

Swingin’ Midway Drive-In
2133 State Route 30
Athens, TN 37303

Swingin’ Midway hosts occasional dusk to dawn shows where you can see 4 movies for one low price.

Texas Pet Friendly Drive-Ins

Big Sky Drive-In
6200 W Highway 80
Midland, TX 79706

Blue Starlite Mini Urban Drive-In
2103 E M Franklin Avenue
Austin, TX 78723

This theater near Austin promotes an intimate experience by only allowing 30-50 cars and permitting patrons to walk or bike in. It shows classic and cult favorites. Get food from the concession stand. Or order from local restaurants.

Brazos Drive-In
1800 W Pearl Street
Granbury, TX 76048

Coyote Drive-In Theater & Canteen
223 NE 4th Street
Fort Worth, TX 76164

In addition to four movie screens, the Coyote has an outdoor restaurant with live music and features special events – like the ice rink in winter.

Doc’s Drive-In
1540 Satterwhite Road
Buda, TX 78610

Doc’s is a new theater that has a bar and pet friendly tiny home vacation rentals with a Hollywood theme. Given their mascot, Doc, is a dog, we didn’t expect anything less!

Galaxy Drive-In
5301 N Interstate Highway 45
Ennis, TX 75119

Graham Drive-In
1519 4th Street
Graham, TX 76450

Moonstruck Drive-In
100 Bringhurst Street
Houston, TX 77020

Showboat Drive-In
22422 FM 2920
Hockley, TX 77447

Stars & Stripes Drive-In
5101 Clovis Road
Lubbock, TX 79416

Open year-round. Pets are not allowed in the playground or cafe.

Stars & Stripes Drive-In
1178 Kroesche Lane
New Braunfels, TX 78130

Tascosa Drive-In
1999 Dumas Drive
Amarillo, TX 79107

Theater accepts cash only.

Town & Country Drive-In
2902 Vogel Street
Abilene, TX 79603

Don’t forget to support the concession stand. Selling food is the only way most drive-ins make a profit.
 

Utah Pet Friendly Drive-Ins

Erda Drive-In
4055 State Highway 36
Erda, UT 84074

Vermont Pet Friendly Drive-Ins

Bethel Drive-In
136 Bethel Drive
Bethel, VT 05032

This theater accepts cash only.

Fairlee Motel and Drive-In
1809 US Route 5 North
Fairlee, VT 05045

The Fairlee requires pets to stay in cars. This theater accepts cash only.

Sunset Drive-In
155 Porters Point Road
Colchester, VT 05446

Dog and kids in car on pet friendly vacation to a theme park with kennels
 

Virginia Pet Friendly Drive-Ins

Central Drive-In
5113 Kent Junction Road
Norton, VA 24273

Family Drive-In
5890 Valley Pike
Stephens City, VA 22655

Goochland Drive-In
4344 Old Fredericksburg Road
Hadensville, VA 23067

This theater has two viewing areas: the car area and the lawn area. Dogs are not permitted in the lawn area, only in your car.

Hull’s Drive-In
2367 N Lee Highway
Lexington, VA 24450

Starlite Drive-In
275 Starlight Drive
Christiansburg, VA 24073

Washington Pet Friendly Drive-Ins

Auto-Vue Drive-In
444 Auto View Road
Colville, WA 99114

Blue Fox Drive-In
1403 Monroe Landing Road
Oak Harbor, WA 98277

This theater permits car or tent camping. Let them know at the box office if you wish to stay overnight. If you’re bringing an RV, you must pay a $50 fee. But you will get a $30 voucher for the concession stand.

Rodeo Drive-In
7369 State Highway 3 SW
Bremerton, WA 98312

Skyline Drive-In
182 SE Brewer Road
Shelton, WA 98584

Wheel-In Motor Movie
210 Theatre Road
Port Townsend, WA 98368

West Virginia Pet Friendly Drive-Ins

Hilltop Drive-In
Highway 8 & Highway 208
Chester, WV 26034

Theater accepts cash only at the box office but takes credit and debit cards at the concession stand.

Warner’s Drive-In
3169 Petersburg Pike
Franklin, WV 26807

The Warner is run as a community non-profit, allowing it to accept donations to buy digital projection equipment and remain open.

Cute border collie mix jumping for a great in an outdoor training session
 

Wisconsin Pet Friendly Drive-Ins

Big Sky Twin Drive-In
N9199 Winnebago Road
Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965

Theater accepts cash only.

Field of Scenes Drive-In
N3712 UNI Drive
Kaukauna, WI 54130

Field of Scenes has a basketball court and volleyball net; bring your own ball.

Hi-Way 18 Outdoor Theatre
W6423 US Highway 18
Jefferson, WI 53549

From the Hi-Way website: “You may walk your dog in the east side of the theatre away from the parking ramps, but you must clean up after your pet. If your dog likes to bark at passer-bys, please leave them at home. Dogs are not allowed in the playground area (between Row 1 and the screen).”

Moonlight Drive-In
1494 East Green Bay Street
Shawano, WI 54166

Skyway Drive-In
3475 State Highway 42
Fish Creek, WI 54212

The Skyway is only one of many dog-friendly activities in Door County, Wisconsin.

Stardust Twin Drive-In
995 22nd Street
Chetek, WI 54728

Starlight 14 Drive-In
U.S. Highway 14 East
Richland Center, WI 53581

Wyoming Pet Friendly Drive-Ins

American Dream Drive-In
1070 Route 9
Powell, WY 82435

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Canada Pet Friendly Drive-Ins By Province

British Columbia Pet Friendly Drive-Ins

Starlight Drive-in
5341 Hwy 97A
Enderby, BC V0E 1V3

Twilight Drive-In
3350 260th Street
Aldergrove, BC V4W 2B1

Theater accepts cash only. So stop at the ATM. Or buy your tickets online before the movie.

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Manitoba Pet Friendly Drive-Ins

Big Island Drive-In
MB-10
Flin Flon, MB R8A 0P7

Stardust Drive-In
3020 Thornhill Street
Morden, MB R0G 2T0

You can camp at this theater. And the $40 camping fee includes 4 admissions to the theater.

New Brunswick Pet-Friendly Drive-Ins

Neptune Drive-In
691 Main Street
Shediac, NB E4P 4Z9

Some movies are shown in French.

 

Nova Scotia Pet Friendly Drive-Ins

Cape Breton Drive-In
865 Grand Lake Road
Sydney, NS B1P 1Y4

Theater accepts cash only.

Highland Drive-In
159 Truro Road
Westville, NS B0K 2A0

Valley Drive-In
5934 Hwy 1
Cambridge, NS B0P 1G0

Ontario Pet Friendly Drive-Ins

Can View Drive-In
1956 Route 20
Fonthill, ON L0S 1E0

Theater accepts cash only.

Lindsay Twin Drive-In
229 Pigeon Lake Road
Lindsay, ON K9V 4R6

Muskoka Drive-In
1001 Theatre Road
Gravenhurst, ON P1P 1R3

Theater accepts cash only.

Mustang Drive-In
1521 Prince Edward County Road 1
Bloomfield, ON K0K 1G0

Mustang Drive-In
5012 Jones Baseline
Guelph, ON N1H 6H8

Mustang Drive-In
2551 Wilton Grove Road
London, ON N6N 1M7

Ontario Place Drive-In
955 Lake Shore Blvd W
Toronto, ON M6K 3B9

Port Elmsley Drive-In
333 Port Elmsley Road
Perth, ON K7H 3C7

Port Hope Drive-In
2141 Theatre Road S
Cobourg, ON K9A 4J7

Skylight Drive-In
199 Forest Lea Road
Pembroke, ON K8A 6W6

Stardust Drive-In
893 Mount Albert Road
Sharon, ON L0G 1V0

Theater accepts cash only.

Starlite Drive-In
36752 Crediton Road
Grand Bend, ON N0M 1T0

This theater accepts cash only. Pets are welcome–just not snakes or llamas (per their website).

Starlite Drive-In
59 Green Mountain Road E
Stoney Creek , ON L8J 2V5

Sunset Barrie Drive-In
134 Line 4 South
Oro-Medonte, ON L0L 2L0

The 5 Drive-In
2332 Ninth Line
Oakville, ON L6H 7G9

The Boonies Drive-in Theatre
4625 Richardson Side Road
Tilbury, ON N0P 2L0

Theater accepts cash only at the box office but takes credit and debit cards at the concession stand.

 

Prince Edward Island Pet Friendly Drive-Ins

Brackley Drive-In
3164 Brackley Point Road
Brackley Beach, PEI C1E 2N7

The theater only accepts cash at the box office. But you can pay with credit/debit cards in the concession stand. And you can park your RV in the last row of the drive-in.

The Runway Drive-In
75 Cannon Drive
Summerside, PEI C0B 2A0

Quebec Pet Friendly Drive-Ins

Cine-Parc Belle Neige
6820 Rte 117
Val-Morin, QC J0T 2R0

Most movies are shown in French.

Cine-Parc Mont St-Hilaire
800 Chemin du Cine Parc
Mont-Saint-Hilaire, QC J3G 4S6

Theater shows French films on one screen and English films on the other.

Cine-Parc Orford
2751 Rue Romo-Lacroix
Sherbrooke, QC J1N 0H1

Theater shows French films on one screen and English films on the other.

Drive-in Saint-Eustache
455 Av. Mathers
Saint-Eustache, QC J7P 4C1

Most movies are shown in French.

Saskatchewan Pet Friendly Drive-Ins

Clearwater Drive-In
SK-342
Kyle, SK S0L 1T0

Twilite Drive-In Theater
Hwy 1
Wolseley, SK S0G 5H0

Theater accepts cash only.

 

More Pet Friendly Movies To Enjoy Together

In addition to hundreds of permanent drive-in movie theaters, cities and small towns host outdoor movies in their parks or pop-up movies, many of which are pet-friendly.

Here are a a few pet-friendly outdoor movies to check out:

Eat See Hear is Los Angeles’ Premier Outdoor Movie, Food Truck, and Live Music Event Series. It holds movies and concerts at venues throughout the city. Pets are welcome at every venue.

San Diego’s Summer Movies In The Park series hosts movies in various locations every Friday and Saturday night. Click on a specific event to get details and to find out if there are any pet restrictions.

Portland Parks & Recreation has an extensive list of free movies and concerts on their calendar. Most are pet-friendly.

Chicago’s Park District has dozens of of free outdoor movies, as does the Pittsburgh Parks Department.

The Central Park Conservancy Film Festival screens classic films in Central Park, in Manhattan, at Frisbee Hill. And remember to read the dog rules before you go.

Search community calendars online for outdoor movies in your area. Or visit your town’s parks department for a schedule of events.

Crowd watching movies at the Central Park Conservancy Film Festival.
Crowd watching movies at the Central Park Conservancy Film Festival. Photo credit: Central Park Conservancy
 

Do More Together: Pet Friendly Movie Theaters

Are your earliest drive-in movie memories of wearing pajamas in your folks’ car? Or loading into a pickup truck with your friends as teenagers or college students? Maybe it’s time to make new memories.

No drive-in movie memory is as much fun as going with your pets. Make a night of it. And don’t leave the dog behind.

 

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  • Don’t forget the Stone Drive-In in Mountain View, Arkansas. Very scenic and secluded. Perfect Pet Friendly Theater.

  • Wow, that sounds like such a fun idea! I actually did some research on pet-friendly drive-in movie theaters recently and found a few great options across the country. It’s so great to see more drive-ins embracing pet-friendly policies for us dog lovers who want to enjoy movie nights with our fur babies! Thank you for inspiring me to check out one of these pet-friendly drive-in theaters with my furry friend!

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