Kick it old school at the drive-in theater

By: Katie Goncalves | July 18, 2022

Remember the nostalgia of heading to a drive-in movie? Packing up the car with some blankets and pillows, a cooler with snacks and drinks, and getting to stay up way late waiting for it to get dark. While it’s not the most popular way to see a movie nowadays, there’s still something unique about a drive-in movie theater. You’ll definitely want to check out these Metro Detroit drive-in movie theaters this summer.

Macomb County Drive-In

Located at the Michigan Lottery Amphitheater in Sterling Heights, the Macomb County Drive-In has a huge LED screen that works even during the day. All screenings are limited to 150 cars where you’ll have a 15×20 foot designated space to set up all your creature comforts for the movie. The cost is $25 per vehicle and food trucks will be on-site for refreshment sales. The Macomb County Drive-In is taking a break for the month of July but plans to be back for August and into the fall. 

Location: Freedom Hill / Michigan Lottery Amphitheater: 14900 Metro Pkwy, Sterling Heights

Metroparks Movies in the Parks

The Huron-Clinton Metroparks are showing free movies all summer long on select evenings. Grab your blankets and lawn chairs for an evening under the stars. The movies are family-friendly and definitely crowd pleasers. Be sure to pack plenty of snacks and drinks for your movie. Parking opens at 6 p.m. on movie evenings and the movie will begin at dusk. A Metroparks daily or annual pass is required to enter the park. For their schedule and list of movies being shown, head to the Huron-Clinton Metroparks website.

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Locations: Kensington Metropark (Maple Beach), Stoney Creek Metropark (Baypoint Beach), Willow Metropark (Activity Center)

Summer Drive-In at USA Hockey Arena

The drive-in at the USA Hockey Arena in Plymouth is showing three different movies on three screens Wednesday through Sunday evenings. Parking opens at 7:30 p.m. and the movie begins at dusk, or around 9:40 p.m. Tickets are sold per person, not per vehicle, and can be purchased in advance through their website. You can bring your own snacks or take advantage of their new dinner and movie option through CJ’s Brewing Company. 

Location: USA Hockey Arena: 14900 Beck Rd, Plymouth

Ford-Wyoming Drive-in

Located in Dearborn, the Ford-Wyoming Drive-In is open seven days a week throughout the summer. You’ll want to watch their Facebook page for announcements about fun events like movie tickets for 65 cents on their anniversary and free ice cream for kids on the weekends. The Ford-Wyoming Drive-In shows current movies nightly with the option for Wi-Fi or radio streaming of the movie audio. The cost per movie is $27.00 per vehicle. A wide variety of concessions are available as well as indoor restrooms. 

Location: 10400 Ford Road Dearborn, MI 48126