Pet Friendly Drive-In Movie Theaters For More Summer Fun!

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?!


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.

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.)


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!


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.


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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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-In6200 Grand River PkwyLeeds, AL 35094

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

Sand Mountain Twin Drive-In10480 US-431Boaz, AL 35956

California Pet Friendly Drive-Ins

Lakeport Auto Movies52 Soda Bay RoadLakeport 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-In201 E Lincoln AvenueMadera, CA 93638

Sunset Drive-In255 Elks LaneSan Luis Obispo, CA 93401

Skyline Drive-In31175 Old Highway 58Barstow, CA 92311

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

Vineland Drive-In443 N Vineland AvenueCity of Industry, CA 91746


Colorado Pet Friendly Drive-Ins

88 Drive-In8780 Rosemary StreetCommerce 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 Theater801 Ed6Minturn, 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-In27784 Co Road 339Buena Vista, CO 81211

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

Holiday Twin Drive-In2206 South Overland TrailFort Collins, CO 80526

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

Mesa Drive-In2625 Sante Fe DrivePueblo, CO 81006

Theater accepts cash only.

Star Drive-In600 East Miami RoadMontrose, CO 81401

Tru Vu Drive-In1001 Highway 92Delta, 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.

Some drive-ins hold special events–like antique car shows.


Connecticut Pet Friendly Drive-Ins

Mansfield Drive-In228 Stafford RoadMansfield Center, CT 06250

Pleasant Valley Drive-In47 River RoadBarkhamsted, 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-In16414 Highway 301Dade City, FL 33523

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

Ocala Drive-In4850 S Pine AvenueOcala, FL 34480

This theater offers a discount for customers who pay cash.

Ruskin Family Drive-In5011 Highway 41 NorthRuskin, FL 33572

Theater accepts cash only.

Silver Moon Drive-In4100 New Tampa HighwayLakeland, 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 Watch601 Seaway DriveFort Pierce, FL 34949

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Georgia Pet Friendly Drive-Ins

Swan Drive-In651 Summit StreetBlue Ridge, GA 30513

Theater accepts cash only.

Tiger Drive-In2956 Old Highway 441 STiger, 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 Theater217 Old Hales Gap RoadTrenton, GA 30752

Theater accepts cash only.

Idaho Pet Friendly Drive-Ins

Idan-Ha Drive-In162 W 2nd Street SouthSoda Springs, ID 83276

Parma Drive-In29522 Highway 95Parma, ID 83660

Terrace Drive-In4011 Lake AvenueCaldwell, ID 83605

Teton Vu Drive-In1114 N Yellowstone HighwayRexburg, ID 83440

The Spud Drive-In2175 S Highway 33Driggs, 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.


Illinois Pet Friendly Drive-Ins

Harvest Moon Drive-In1175 South Sangamon AvenueGibson City, IL 60936

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

McHenry Outdoor Theater1510 Chapel Hill RoadMcHenry, IL 60050

Route 34 Drive-In4468 E 12th RoadEarlville, IL 60518

Theater accepts cash only. Dogs and cats are allowed.

Skyview Drive-In5700 North Belt WestBelleville, 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-In1500 Historic Route 66 NLitchfield, IL 62056

Indiana Pet Friendly Drive-Ins

13-24 Drive-In890 North Road 13Wabash, IN 46992

49er Drive-In675 N Calumet AvenueValparaiso, IN 46383

This theater accepts cash only.

Auburn Garrett Drive-In1014 State Route 8Garrett, 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-In337 North Hwy 421Versailles, IN 47042

Theater accepts cash only.

CenterBrook Drive-In Theater6735 Route 67 NorthMartinsville, IN 46151

Cinema67 Drive-In2037 State Highway 67Spencer, IN 47460

Holiday Drive-In646 N State Road 161Rockport, IN 47625

Theater accepts cash only.

Hummel Drive-In2870 East Route 32Winchester, IN 47394

This theater accepts cash only.

Huntington Twin Drive-In1291 Condit StreetHuntington, IN 46750

Lake Shore Drive-In100 Rickey RoadMonticello, IN 47960

Skyline Drive-In3986 East Michigan RoadShelbyville, IN 46176

Starlite Drive-In7630 South Old State Road 37Bloomington, IN 47403

The Moonlite Drive-In5056 Lafayette AvenueTerre Haute, IN 47805

Tibbs Drive-In480 S Tibbs AvenueIndianapolis, IN 46241

For dogs who like the car, drive-in movies are a great way to enjoy the summer together.


Iowa Pet Friendly Drive-Ins

Blue Grass Drive-In774 W Mayne StreetBlue Grass, IA 52726

Superior 71 Drive-In1482 300th AvenueSpirit Lake, IA 51360

Valle Drive-In4074 Highway F48Newton, IA 50208

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

Kansas Pet Friendly Drive-Ins

Boulevard Drive-In1051 Merriam LaneKansas City, KS 66103

Theater accepts cash only.

Starlite Drive-In3900 S Hydraulic AvenueWichita, KS 67216

Kentucky Pet Friendly Drive-Ins

Calvert Drive-In111 Drive In LaneCalvert City, KY 42029

Sauerbeck Family Drive-In3210 D.W. Griffith LaneLa Grange, KY 40031

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Maine Pet Friendly Drive-Ins

Bangor Drive-In1674 Hammond StreetHermon, ME 04401

Bridgton Twin Drive-In383 Portland RoadBridgton, ME 04009

Narrow Gauge Drive-In15 Front StreetFarmington, ME 04938

Saco Drive-In980 Portland RoadSaco, ME 04072

Maryland Pet Friendly Drive-Ins

Bengies Drive-In3417 Eastern BoulevardMiddle 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-In35 Milford StreetMendon, MA 01756

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

Moonrise Cinemas428 Court StreetPlymouth, MA 02360

Wellfleet Drive-In51 Route 6Wellfleet, MA 02667


Michigan Pet Friendly Drive-ins

Capri Drive-In119 West Chicago RoadColdwater, MI 49036

Theater accepts cash only.

Cherry Bowl Drive-In9812 Honor HighwayHonor, MI 49640

Five Mile Drive-In28190 State Route 152Dowagiac, MI 49047

Ford Drive-In10400 Ford RoadDearborn, 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-In920 E Summit AvenueMuskegon, MI 49444

Hi-Way Drive-In2778 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-In6501 N Monroe StreetMonroe, MI 48162

Sunset Drive-In69071 Red Arrow HighwayHartford, MI 49057

US 23 Drive-In5200 Fenton RoadFlint, MI 48507

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Minnesota Pet Friendly Drive-Ins

Long Drive-In24257 Riverside DriveLong Prairie, MN 56347

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

Sky-Vu Drive-In34914 Highway 1 WestWarren, MN 56762

Starlite Drive-In28264 Highway 22Litchfield, MN 55355

Theater accepts cash only.

Verne Drive-In1607 S Kniss AvenueLuverne, MN 56156

Missouri Pet Friendly Drive-Ins

19 Drive-In5853 Highway 19Cuba, MO 65453

21 Drive-InMO-34Van Buren, MO 63965

66 Drive-In17231 Old 66 BoulevardCarthage, MO 64836

Rock ‘N’ Roll Drive-In272 Drive-In LaneChaffee, MO 63740

Starlite Drive-In15605 N State Hwy 21Cadet, MO 63630

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

Sunset Drive-In1601 E Church StreetAurora, MO 65605

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

Twin Drive-In1320 North 291Independence, MO 64055

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Montana Pet Friendly Drive-Ins

Silver Bow Twin Drive-InSilver Bow RoadButte, MT 59750

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

Nebraska Pet Friendly Drive-Ins

Quasar Drive-In13427 N 300th StreetValley, NE 68064

TK-Starlite Drive-In1000 US-275Neligh, NE 68756

New Hampshire Pet Friendly Drive-Ins

Milford Drive-In531 Elm StreetMilford, NH 03055

Northfield Drive-In981 Northfield RoadHinsdale, NH 03451

Theater accepts cash only.

Weirs Drive-In76 Endicott Street ELaconia, NH 03246

New Jersey Pet Friendly Drive-Ins

Delsea Drive-In2203 South Delsea DriveVineland, 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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And the drive-in is a great place to take your pups as they get older. Have fun even when a long hike becomes too challenging!


New York Pet Friendly Drive-Ins

Bay Drive-InState Route 26Alexandria Bay, NY 13607

Black River Drive-In28035 State Route 3Watertown, 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-In11771 State Route 16Delevan, NY 14042

Elmira Drive-In2431 Route 352Elmira, NY 14903

El Rancho Drive-In6070 Route 5Palatine Bridge, NY 13428

Theater accepts cash only.

Fair Oaks Drive-In365 Bloomingburg RoadMiddletown, NY 10940

Fingerlakes Drive-In1064 Clark Street RoadAurelius, NY 13021

Four Brothers Drive-In4957 New York 22Amenia, 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-In10700 Route 32Greenville, 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-In4762 State Route 67North Hoosic, NY 12133

Hi-way Drive-In10699 Route 9WCoxsackie, NY 12051

Hollywood Drive-In9254 Averill Park RoadAverill Park, NY 12018

Hyde Park Drive-In4114 Albany Post RoadHyde Park, NY 12538

Jericho Drive-In21 Jericho RoadGlenmont, NY 12077

Malta Drive-In2785 Route 9Malta, NY 12020

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Midway Drive-In2475 Route 48Fulton, 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-In126 Degarmo RoadPoughkeepsie, NY 12603

Ozoner 29 Drive-In837 Route 29Broadalbin, NY 12025

Theater accepts cash only.

Portville Drive-In1060 Olean-Portville RoadPortville, NY 14770

This theater accepts cash only.

Silver Lake Twin Drive-In7037 Chapman AvenuePerry, 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-In1 Oak StreetBrooklyn, NY 11222

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

Sunset Drive-In9950 Telegraph RoadMiddleport, NY 14105

Transit Drive-In6655 S Transit RoadLockport, NY 14094

Valley Brook Drive-InBurdicks Crossing RoadGreig, NY 13368

Vintage Drive-In1520 W Henrietta RoadAvon, NY 14414

Warwick Drive-In5 Warwick TurnpikeWarwick, NY 10990

This theater accepts cash only.

North Carolina Pet Friendly Drive-Ins

Badin Road Drive-In2411 Badin RoadAlbemarle, NC 28001

This theater accepts cash only.

Eden Drive-In106 Fireman Club RoadEden, NC 27288

Raleigh Road Outdoor Theater3336 Raleigh RoadHenderson, 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 Time3851 Dothan RoadTabor 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-In959 Broad StreetWadsworth, OH 44281

Dixie Twin Drive-In6201 N Dixie DriveDayton, OH 45414

Elm Road Triple Drive-In1895 Elm Road NEWarren, OH 44483

This theater accepts cash only.

Holiday Auto Theatre1816 Old Oxford RoadHamilton, 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-InV602 Township Road 6Liberty Center, OH 43532

Magic City Drive-In5602 S Cleveland-Massillon RoadBarberton, OH 44203

Mayfield Road Drive-In12100 State Road 322Chardon, OH 44024

Theater accepts cash only.

Melody 49 Drive-In7606 Pleasant Plain RoadBrookville, OH 45309

Midway Twin Drive-In2736 State Route 59Ravenna, OH 44266

Skyview Drive-In2420 E Main StreetLancaster, OH 43130

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

South Drive-In3050 S High StreetColumbus, OH 43207

Springmill Drive-In1040 Springmill RoadMansfield, OH 44906

Star View Drive-In2083 US Highway 20 WestNorwalk, OH 44857

Tiffin Drive-In4101 N State Route 53Tiffin, OH 44883

Van-Del Drive-In19986 Lincoln HighwayMiddle Point, OH 45863

This theater accepts cash only.


Oklahoma Pet Friendly Drive-Ins

Admiral Twin Drive-In7355 E Easton StreetTulsa, OK 74115

Beacon Drive-In2404 S Division StreetGuthrie, OK 73044

This theater accepts cash only.

Chief Drive-InSouth Highway 81Ninnekah, OK 73067

The Chief is open year-round on weekends.

Cool Breeze RV Cinema and Resort16653 US Highway 77Springer, 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-In2214 N Broadway StreetPoteau, OK 74953

Winchester Drive-In6930 S Western AvenueOklahoma 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-In3110 Portland RoadNewberg, 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-In84322 Highway 11Milton-Freewater, OR 97862


Pennsylvania Pet Friendly Drive-Ins

Becky’s Drive-In4548 Lehigh DriveWalnutport, PA 18088

Cumberland Drive-in715 Centerville RoadNewville, PA 17241

Evergreen Drive-In309 Drive-in LaneMount 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-In26 US Highway 11Hunlock Creek, PA 18621

Kane Family Drive-In6627 Route 6 EastKane, PA 16735

Mahoning Drive-In635 Seneca RoadLehighton, 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-InRoute 322Brookville, PA 15825

Pike Drive-In5798 South US Highway 15Montgomery, PA 17752

Point Drive-In3569 Point Township DriveNorthumberland, PA 17857

Riverside Drive-In1114 Lees Lake LaneVandergrift, PA 15690

Shankweiler’s Drive-In4540 Shankweiler RoadOrefield, PA 18069

Silver Drive-In1664 Scalp AvenueJohnstown, PA 15904

Theater accepts cash only.

Skyview Drive-In595 S Eighty Eight RoadCarmichaels, PA 15320

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

Sky-Vu Drive-In813 E Market StreetGratz, PA 17048

Starlight Drive-In1985 N Main Street ExtentionButler, PA 16001

Super 322 Drive-In1682 Woodland-Bigler HighwayWoodland, PA 16881

Theater accepts cash only.

Rhode Island Pet Friendly Drive-Ins

Rustic Tri-View Drive-In1195 Eddie Dowling HighwayNorth 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-In3109 US-25 SGreenwood, SC 29646

Highway 21 Drive-In55 Parker DriveBeaufort, SC 29906

Highway 21 is open year-round.

The Big Mo Drive-In5822 Columbia Highway NorthMonetta, SC 29105

Theater accepts cash only.

South Dakota Pet Friendly Drive-Ins

Hilltop Drive Inn33575 US Highway 18Gregory, SD 57533

Midway Drive-In19808 Rainbow Ranch PlaceMiller, SD 57362

Pheasant Drive-In1600 20th Street WestMobridge, SD 57601

This theater accepts cash only.

Pheasant City Drive-In17230 US-281Redfield, SD 57469

This theater accepts cash only.

Winner Drive-InUS Highway 18Winner, SD 57580


Tennessee Pet Friendly Drive-Ins

Hi-Way 50 Drive-In455 Centre Park DriveLewisburg, TN 37091

LoCo Drive-In1584 Fayetteville HighwayLoudon, 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-In931 W Main StreetWoodbury, TN 37190

Pets are permitted but must not leave the car.

Parkway Drive-In and Café2909 E Lamar Alexander PkwyMaryville, TN 37804

Sparta Drive-In220 Roberts Matthews HighwaySparta, 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-In310 Purple Tiger DriveWatertown, TN 37184

StateLine Drive-In2306 State Line RoadElizabethton, TN 37643

Swingin’ Midway Drive-In2133 State Route 30Athens, 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-In6200 W Highway 80Midland, TX 79706

Blue Starlite Mini Urban Drive-In2103 E M Franklin AvenueAustin, 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-In1800 W Pearl StreetGranbury, TX 76048

Coyote Drive-In Theater & Canteen223 NE 4th StreetFort 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-In1540 Satterwhite RoadBuda, 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-In5301 N Interstate Highway 45Ennis, TX 75119

Graham Drive-In1519 4th StreetGraham, TX 76450

Moonstruck Drive-In100 Bringhurst StreetHouston, TX 77020

Showboat Drive-In22422 FM 2920Hockley, TX 77447

Stars & Stripes Drive-In5101 Clovis RoadLubbock, TX 79416

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

Stars & Stripes Drive-In1178 Kroesche LaneNew Braunfels, TX 78130

Tascosa Drive-In1999 Dumas DriveAmarillo, TX 79107

Theater accepts cash only.

Town & Country Drive-In2902 Vogel StreetAbilene, 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-In4055 State Highway 36Erda, UT 84074

Vermont Pet Friendly Drive-Ins

Bethel Drive-In136 Bethel DriveBethel, VT 05032

This theater accepts cash only.

Fairlee Motel and Drive-In1809 US Route 5 NorthFairlee, VT 05045

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

Sunset Drive-In155 Porters Point RoadColchester, VT 05446


Virginia Pet Friendly Drive-Ins

Central Drive-In5113 Kent Junction RoadNorton, VA 24273

Family Drive-In5890 Valley PikeStephens City, VA 22655

Goochland Drive-In4344 Old Fredericksburg RoadHadensville, 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-In2367 N Lee HighwayLexington, VA 24450

Starlite Drive-In275 Starlight DriveChristiansburg, VA 24073

Washington Pet Friendly Drive-Ins

Auto-Vue Drive-In444 Auto View RoadColville, WA 99114

Blue Fox Drive-In1403 Monroe Landing RoadOak 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-In7369 State Highway 3 SWBremerton, WA 98312

Skyline Drive-In182 SE Brewer RoadShelton, WA 98584

Wheel-In Motor Movie210 Theatre RoadPort Townsend, WA 98368

West Virginia Pet Friendly Drive-Ins

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

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

Warner’s Drive-In3169 Petersburg PikeFranklin, WV 26807

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


Wisconsin Pet Friendly Drive-Ins

Big Sky Twin Drive-InN9199 Winnebago RoadWisconsin Dells, WI 53965

Theater accepts cash only.

Field of Scenes Drive-InN3712 UNI DriveKaukauna, WI 54130

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

Hi-Way 18 Outdoor TheatreW6423 US Highway 18Jefferson, 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-In1494 East Green Bay StreetShawano, WI 54166

Skyway Drive-In3475 State Highway 42Fish Creek, WI 54212

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

Stardust Twin Drive-In995 22nd StreetChetek, WI 54728

Starlight 14 Drive-InU.S. Highway 14 EastRichland Center, WI 53581

Wyoming Pet Friendly Drive-Ins

American Dream Drive-In1070 Route 9Powell, WY 82435


Canada Pet Friendly Drive-Ins By Province

British Columbia Pet Friendly Drive-Ins

Starlight Drive-in5341 Hwy 97AEnderby, BC V0E 1V3

Twilight Drive-In3350 260th StreetAldergrove, 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-InMB-10Flin Flon, MB R8A 0P7

Stardust Drive-In3020 Thornhill StreetMorden, 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-In691 Main StreetShediac, NB E4P 4Z9

Some movies are shown in French.


Nova Scotia Pet Friendly Drive-Ins

Cape Breton Drive-In865 Grand Lake RoadSydney, NS B1P 1Y4

Theater accepts cash only.

Highland Drive-In159 Truro RoadWestville, NS B0K 2A0

Valley Drive-In5934 Hwy 1Cambridge, NS B0P 1G0

Ontario Pet Friendly Drive-Ins

Can View Drive-In1956 Route 20Fonthill, ON L0S 1E0

Theater accepts cash only.

Lindsay Twin Drive-In229 Pigeon Lake RoadLindsay, ON K9V 4R6

Muskoka Drive-In1001 Theatre RoadGravenhurst, ON P1P 1R3

Theater accepts cash only.

Mustang Drive-In1521 Prince Edward County Road 1Bloomfield, ON K0K 1G0

Mustang Drive-In5012 Jones BaselineGuelph, ON N1H 6H8

Mustang Drive-In2551 Wilton Grove RoadLondon, ON N6N 1M7

Ontario Place Drive-In955 Lake Shore Blvd WToronto, ON M6K 3B9

Port Elmsley Drive-In333 Port Elmsley RoadPerth, ON K7H 3C7

Port Hope Drive-In2141 Theatre Road SCobourg, ON K9A 4J7

Skylight Drive-In199 Forest Lea RoadPembroke, ON K8A 6W6

Stardust Drive-In893 Mount Albert RoadSharon, ON L0G 1V0

Theater accepts cash only.

Starlite Drive-In36752 Crediton RoadGrand Bend, ON N0M 1T0

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

Starlite Drive-In59 Green Mountain Road EStoney Creek , ON L8J 2V5

Sunset Barrie Drive-In134 Line 4 SouthOro-Medonte, ON L0L 2L0

The 5 Drive-In2332 Ninth LineOakville, ON L6H 7G9

The Boonies Drive-in Theatre4625 Richardson Side RoadTilbury, 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-In3164 Brackley Point RoadBrackley 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-In75 Cannon DriveSummerside, PEI C0B 2A0

Quebec Pet Friendly Drive-Ins

Cine-Parc Belle Neige6820 Rte 117Val-Morin, QC J0T 2R0

Most movies are shown in French.

Cine-Parc Mont St-Hilaire800 Chemin du Cine ParcMont-Saint-Hilaire, QC J3G 4S6

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

Cine-Parc Orford2751 Rue Romo-LacroixSherbrooke, QC J1N 0H1

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

Drive-in Saint-Eustache455 Av. MathersSaint-Eustache, QC J7P 4C1

Most movies are shown in French.

Saskatchewan Pet Friendly Drive-Ins

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

Twilite Drive-In TheaterHwy 1Wolseley, 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. 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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