Summertime is the best time to hit up a Drive-In Movie! While many theatres were selling off their land to housing developments and shopping malls, there are a few that decided not to sell. They kept the Drive-In Theatres in Minnesota alive. Thankfully you don’t have to go far to find one anyway. All you need is a little sense of adventure.
Six Drive-In Theatres in MN
Valley Hi Drive-In
Location: Lake Elmo, MN
The Valley Hi Drive in is the only original drive-in still in operation in the Minneapolis/St Paul Metro area. For many in the Twin Cities, this is their favorite Drive-In Theatre because they boast 3 movies, for the price of one. There really is no better deal than that. They love tailgaters and have a good concession stand on site.
Long Drive-In Theatre
Location: Long Prairie, MN
This Central MN Drive-In Theater offers camping. Yep, you heard right. Tent camping is available on site for $10 plus the cost of admission. This feature is great for those that always dread the ride home at night. They do not allow outside food and beverages, but they do have a full-service fast food restaurant on site.
Location: Warren, MN
They’ve been around since the 50s. The things that set apart the Sky-Vu Drive-in is their concessions. Normally you’d pay an arm and a leg at a theatre, but here they sell full-size sandwiches for less than the cost of a small soda at an AMC Theatre.
Location: Litchfield, MN
This is the only Drive-in Theatre in Minnesota to offer two different double feature options playing on separate screens. With four movies a night, you’ll find a combination that works best for you. But you will have to commit to one screen.
Location: Luverne, MN
A double feature in Luverne MN. The Verne Drive-In Theatre is a staple in the community that brings in people from an hour away. Their low prices for the movie and concessions makes you not care that you can’t bring in your own snacks. It brings the nostalgia back.
Location: New Market, MN
The newest Drive-In in Minnesota is at the Elko Speedway. After the races end, the movies start up. This theatre wants everyone to have fun and therefore sells Alcoholic beverages to those that want to drink responsibility. They also love tailgating and all kinds of other fun. This is one of two Drive In’s within driving distance of Minneapolis.
Ready to Make Memories?
Every year I wonder if this will be the last year the theatre will be open. With the edition of Elko’s Drive-in Theatre and little pop-ups around the Twin Cities, they may be making a comeback. But to be safe, I’d get out to one before they become a distant memory. Stay tuned, in a couple of weeks I’ll be sharing more tips about how to have a great time at a drive-in movie.
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