Cabin fever and the lure of watching a movie on the big screen just may draw carloads of people to drive-in theaters across the United States this summer. Drive-In’s may seem like an old-fashioned tradition, but it looks like it’s about to make a comeback! Many are predicting that the new fun way to have a date night or a fun family excursion this summer most likely will be a drive-in movie! Southern California is no exception with two San Diego Drive-In movies options.
Drive-In’s: The New Way to See Movies… Just bring Your Own Popcorn and Hand Sanitizer
One of the first theaters to open for the summer season was in Warwick, N.Y. and many more are soon to follow.
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San Diego Drive-In Movies
One summer tradition is moving ahead: drive-in movie theaters, and San Diego is no exception. As the sun sets San Diegans will find that an old-fashioned way to get out of the house for some nighttime fun.
It’s expected that masked ticketholders will be lined up in their cars and ready for a movie theater feature film. The snack bars may not be open yet, so bring your own homemade buttered popcorn, candy and drink. Plan to watch the movies from the comfort of your car to begin with and plan to arrive early as there will be more space given to each car.
In fact, in a recent poll of 425 movies goers on Twitter drive-ins coming back was the most popular way to see movies.
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Santee Drive In Movie Theater
The Santee Drive-in theater will re-open Friday 15 May 2020 and is scheduled to be open nightly. This outdoor drive-in has two theaters. Each theater has a feature that is shown twice and a co-feature that plays between the screenings of the main feature. Click here for up to date listings of movies.
They accept cash only.
What you need to know: Box office opens at 8pm and movies start at 8:30. The Snack Bar will remain closed, bring your own snacks.
Santee Drive-in rules
1. Park 10 feet from other vehicles.
2. Watch the movie inside your vehicle.
3. Wear a mask when exiting your vehicle.
4. Maintain social distancing when you are out of your vehicle.
5. Wash your hands with soap and water after using the restrooms.
Santee Drive-In Prices: Adult: – (13+) Price: $9.00, Juniors: Ages (5 – 12) with parent $4.00, Children 4 and under free
Santee Drive-In Address: 10990 Woodside Ave. North, Santee, CA 92071
Santee Drive-In phone number: 619-448-7447
South Bay Drive In Theater
The drive-in theater is open nightly. Admission includes two movies playing on the same screen. This outdoor drive-in has two theaters. Each theater has a feature that is shown twice and a co-feature that plays between the screenings of the main feature. Click here for up to date listings of movies.
South Bay Drive-in rules
- You must view the movie from within your vehicle.
- You must practice social distancing at all times.
South Bay Drive-In Prices: Adult: – (13+) Price: $10.00, Juniors: Ages (5 – 9) with parent $1.00, Children 4 and under free. All major credit and debit cards accepted.
South Bay Drive-In Address: 2170 Coronado Ave, San Diego, CA 92154
South Bay Drive-In phone number: 619-423-2727
Want dinner and a movie? Pick up one of the best burgers in San Diego as take-out!
Additional Southern California Drive-In Movie Theaters
Additional drive-in cinemas in Southern California include:
Mission Tiki Drive-In in Montclair
Van Buren Drive-in in Riverside
Vineland Drive-In in City of Industry
Paramount Drive-In Theatres in Paramount
If the above drive-ins aren’t near you, the best thing to do is a Google search for “drive in movie near me” to find a list of the closest theaters to your zip code.
Since the world is in a state of flux at the writing of this article, make sure to call the theater to verify they are open before you make the drive!
Top 10 Best Movie Candy
No movie is complete without some snacks, popcorn, and candy. Here are a few candy classic favorites! The below candies all link to Amazon.
- Necco Wafers
- Good & Plenty
- Sugar Daddy
- Pop Rocks
- Cracker Jack
- Bottle Caps
- 100 Grand Bar
San Diego Drive-In Movies are a super fun way to spend a summer night. What other fun nighttime things do you know of that are currently open in San Diego?
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