While our favorite kid-friendly movie theaters may still be closed, drive-in theaters are having a welcome resurgence these days. In addition to local year-round drive-ins, pop-up drive-ins are, well, popping up around Los Angeles. Read on for the best places to park and catch a flick on the big screen with the family.

Summer Weekend Drive-In at The Roadium

The Roadium is reviving its classic 1950s drive-in for a one-of-a-kind movie-going experience this summer. Every Friday and Saturday night, guests can enjoy a great film in this throwback retro setting, along with hot food, movie concessions and more! All the details.

Drive-in at the Park: Malibu

Pack a picnic and get out of the house for a night under the stars with this summer drive-in series at Calamigos Ranch in Malibu.  All summer long, each Friday and Saturday night, Calamigos Ranch will host a double feature of favorite classics from The Goonies to Grease in old-fashioned drive-in style. All the details.

Tribeca Film's Drive-In at The Rose Bowl

From July 2 through 26, visit the Rose Bowl on Friday, Saturday or Sunday for a classic drive-in experience, hosted by Tribeca Films. Movies will be shown at various times throughout the 4th of July weekend, including E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, The NeverEnding Story and The Wizard of OzAll the details.

Paramount Drive-In Theatre

The Paramount Drive-In Theatre has re-opened to the delight of LA movie fans everywhere. Now, families can escape from the house for while to enjoy an evening of films and fun. To safely allow room for social distancing, the drive-in is currently operating at 50% capacity with 9 feet of space between vehicles. Each car may only contain members of the same household who’ve already been in close contact with one another. Face masks are required when exiting your car to visit the bathroom and concession stand. The theater is also taking deep cleaning measures to ensure restrooms stay clean and roomy for patrons. All concession items are to-go only. Be sure to check the site for available movie times.

Cost: General admission tickets are $10 (ages 9 and up), $3.50 (ages 5-8) and kiddos under age 5 are free.

Online: paramountdrivein.com

Mission Tiki Drive-In Theatre

Located in nearby in Montclair, the Mission Tiki Drive-in Theatre shows double features nightly on four screens. The theatre presents a swell mix of current releases and recent classics, so there’s almost always something for everyone. To keep patrons safe during this time, the theatre requires vehicles to park at least 10 feet apart from each other, and patrons must practice social distancing at all times during their visit. Visitors must also wear face masks when stopping by the restroom and concession stand. Advanced tickets are not available, so be prepared to wait in a fairly long line of cars to purchase tickets in person the night of the show.

Cost: Adult tickets are $10, tickets for kids aged 5-9 are $1, and little ones under age 5 are free.

Online: missiontiki.com

Van Buren Drive–In Theatre

Open nightly every day of the week, the historic Van Buren Drive-In Theatre in Riverside is a groovy way to catch some of the latest films – if you don’t mind making a bit of a drive. All visitors must wear face masks when visiting the bathroom and snack bar. Social distancing must be practiced while onsite. The purchase of adult and kids’ tickets allows you admission for two movies playing on the same screen during your visit – meaning you get to see two movies for half the price! The theatre recommends arriving one hour prior to the first show, or if you’re planning on seeing only the second or third shows, arrive 30 minutes ahead of time.

Cost: Adult tickets are $10, tickets for kids aged 5-9 are $1, and tots under age 5 are free.

Online: vanburendriveintheatre.com

Pacific Theatres Vineland Drive-In

Pacific Theatres Vineland Drive-In in the City of Industry is a family favorite and usually shows new release films 365 days a year – come rain or shine. The Southland gem just reopened and they've posted all the need-to-know info in this Instagram post.

Cost: When open, daily general admission tickets are $10 (ages 9 and up), $4 (ages 5-8) and children under age 5 are free.

Online: vinelanddriveintheater.com

Street Food Cinema Drive-In Series

Every summer, we excitedly await LA’s largest outdoor movie series, Street Food Cinema that features amazing films, food trucks, live music and interactive games at various locations around the city. This year may look a little different though due to the pandemic, but there are still special plans underway. Street Food Cinema is currently putting together a drive-in outdoor movie series to allow for social distancing guidelines. A revised event schedule is expected to be announced soon, and their social media accounts are the best place to stay up-to-date on their progress. We can’t wait to see what they have in store!

Cost: To be determined upon release of new schedule. Stay tuned!

Online: streetfoodcinema.com

– Jennifer O’Brien

featured photo: Maggie S. via Yelp


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