That picture-perfect, 1950s quintessential couple having their date-night at the drive-in movie theater most certainly still exists. Whether it is for a charming first date, a cuddly family night out, or a night of laughter with friends, capture that fun at these local Southern Californian drive-in theaters that are most definitely alive and well.
The Mission Tiki Drive-In Theatre, South Bay Drive-In Theatres, and Van Buren Drive-In Theater are open seven days a week all year long and plays a number of different current films on their four outdoor screens. Adult tickets for $9 and children’s (ages 5 to 9) tickets for $1 can give you access to two different films that play on the same price. Essentially, that’s a deal that you can see two movies for half the price in the comfort of your own car.
Some of the hot hit films that are out in these drive-in theater venues include:
- Bad Moms
- Ice Age: Collision Course
- Jason Bourne
- Lights Out
- The Secret Life of Pets
- Star Trek Beyond
- Suicide Squad
Check online at the individual venues’ websites to view specific schedules for these films and which ones to get excited to see soon.
Not only do these theaters welcome families for drive-in movie night on a daily basis, but they also have been hosting their famous swap meet since the 1960s. The Mission Tiki Swap Meet is now one of the foremost open-air markets in California. Each weekend vendors from across southern California gather to sell everything from wholesale goods to hand-me downs.
Los Angeles’ only drive-in and outdoor movie venue, Electric Dusk Drive-In, plays old classics on a weekly basis. If you buy tickets in advance, they are $10 for Astroturf (lawn) seats and $14 per person in a car. At the door, tickets cost $12 for Astroturf (lawn) seats and $16 per person in a car.
The upcoming line-up of old favorites includes:
- Sixteen Candles: Saturday, August 27th at 6:30 p.m.
- Fast Times at Ridgemont High: Saturday, September 3rd at 6:30 p.m.
- Reality Bites: Saturday, September 10th at 6:30 p.m.
- Pulp Fiction: Saturday, September 17th at 6:30 p.m.
After a day adventuring or wandering in the California sun, cool down with a fun night at the All-American, outdoor drive-in theater at any of these locations.
The two Ayres Hotel Ontario locations in addition to Ayres Hotel Chino Hills are all close to Mission Tiki. Ayres Hotel & Spa Moreno Valley is about a twenty-five minute drive to Van Buren Drive-In Theatre, while Ayres Lodge Alpine is about a forty-minute drive to South Bay Drive-In Theatre. And lastly, Ayres Hotel Manhattan Beach/Hawthorne is about a fifty-minute drive to Electric Dusk Drive-In.