Catch a Summer Flick at a Local Drive-in Theatre

By: Toni Cunningham | July 29, 2013

As a movie junkie, I enjoy taking in a flick and indulging in a nicely air conditioned multiplex during these scorching summer months. However, on a pleasant summer evening, I can also get my movie fix and seemingly go back in time all at once, courtesy of a drive-in movie theatre.

Now, if you’ve never been to a drive-in theatre, you’re seriously missing out. Years ago, I visited one up north quite regularly, and it was just as much fun as a kid as it is as a “grown-up.”

Not only are drive-in movies usually cheaper than the chain theatres that nickel and dime you, but they feature back to back shows, so you’re getting more bang for your buck. Plus, it’s sometimes hard to sneak your own snacks into a movie theatre—our purses are only so large, right ladies? At the drive in, you can pack your car full of goodies and save some cash on concessions.

The Ford-Wyoming Drive-In, located at 10400 Ford Rd., Dearborn, has five screens, and all showings are double features. The reasonable adult ticket price of $8.95 would get you about three quarters of a movie at most theatres, and at $3.50 for kids 12 and under, the youngins are practically admitted for free.

As previously mentioned, drive-ins allow you to cart in your own food, so you could always grab something on your way in to enjoy while you watch. Rio Wraps, Good Burger and Tubby’s are both portable and close by.

Compuware Drive-In Arena, at 14900 Beck Rd., Plymouth Township, is open now through September 1. They’ve got three screens that play double features every night. Tickets cost $8 for children ages four to 12 and students with valid ID and $10 for adults.

If you’re looking to turn your movie into an entire evening, Compuware offers a Dinner & Movie package for $16/person. It’s a pretty reasonable deal that lets you grab dinner at CJ’s Brewery before the movie gets rolling. Also, if you go on a Wednesday evening, the concession stand features a $5 large one-topping pizza special. Best of all, they’re bring it right to your car!

Save yourself some cash and take a trip back to the 1950s by heading to the drive-in! I’d highly recommend “The Conjuring.”