Movies on a big screen, snuggled in the car with the old-school speaker on or the radio tuned in, the biggest bucket of popcorn possible, and the sound of cicadas distantly in the background. There is nothing quite like the magic of watching a movie on a giant screen under the stars of a beautiful night sky. The drive-in movie theater is the perfect idea for an experience of nostalgia on a warm summer night.
Wisconsin is lucky to have several drive-in theaters remaining. Luckily for us because social distancing is essentially built into this big screen experience.
Whether you want to visit a drive-in closer to home or are planning a summer road trip elsewhere in the state, here’s a list of eight Wisconsin drive-ins where you can enjoy a movie from the safety and comfort of your own vehicle – all while sharing the nostalgia and making lasting memories with your family. All theaters update their movie showings on their websites and Facebook pages. Check ahead for the most up-to-date information.
Wisconsin Drive In Movie Theaters
The Milky Way Drive In
Ballpark Commons, 7900 Crystal Ridge Rd, Franklin
This brand new drive in will be the closest available drive in theater to Milwaukee! Scheduled to open Memorial Day weekend and run through Labor Day, the Milky Way Drive In accommodates 150 vehicles and offer two shows daily when the Milwaukee Milkmen are playing away games, typically with family films for the early show and more grown-up features for the evening. Also planned is a weekly late-night feature for young adults and teens. In addition to big-screen cinematic entertainment, a robust array of stadium food and drink concessions will be available including a “car hop” option where we deliver right to the car.
Highway 18 Outdoor Theatre
W6423 US-18, Jefferson (about 50 minutes from Milwaukee)
This one-screen drive-in is well loved in the area, making it a clutch way to catch an outdoor movie. The state’s first digital drive-in theater offers double feature movie nights, starting at dusk. Scheduled to open for the season on Friday, June 19. Concessions available. MasterCard and Visa credit/debit cards are accepted.
Adults (12+): $10
Children (5-11): $6
Children (4 & under): Free
Seniors (65+) and active duty military personnel: $8
Chilton Twilight Outdoor Theater
1255 E. Chestnut St., Chilton (about an hour and 30 minutes from Milwaukee)
This single-screen drive-in plays double features, starting at dusk (approximately 8:30 p.m.). Gates open at 6:30 p.m. Concessions available. Opening for the season on Friday, May 15.
Children (11 & under): $4
Big Sky Twin Drive-In Theater
N9199 Winnebago Rd, Wisconsin Dells (about an hour and 50 minutes from Milwaukee)
This drive-in features two full-sized outdoor screens, playing double feature first run movies. Gates open at 8 p.m. with the first movie starting at dusk. Concessions available. Cash only.
Field of Scenes Outdoor Theater
N3712 WI-55, Freedom (about two hours from Milwaukee)
This two-screen drive-in offers double features. Concessions available. Tickets are first come first serve, no reservations or space holds.
Children (11 & under): $4
Children (3 & under): Free
Sky Vu Drive In Movie Theater
N1936 WI-69, Monroe (about two hours from Milwaukee)
This drive-in features a single outdoor screen, playing double features. Concessions available. Cash or check only.
Moonlight Outdoor Theater
1494 E. Green Bay St., Shawano (about two hours and 15 minutes from Milwaukee)
This single screen drive-in offers double features. Gates open at 7 p.m. with the first film starting at 8:45 p.m. Concessions available. Credit cards accepted.
Adults & Seniors: $8
Skyway Drive-In Theater
3475 State Highway 42, Fish Creek (about three hours from Milwaukee)
This single screen drive-in showing double features was named #1 drive-in by TripAdvisor and is one of the oldest remaining drive-ins in Wisconsin. Concessions available. Cash only, but there is an ATM available.
Adults (12 & over): $9
Children (5-11): $5
Stardust Drive In Movie Theater
995 22nd St., Chetek (about four hours from Milwaukee)
This two-screen drive-in is open for the season, playing double-feature films. Gates open at 6:30 p.m. with the first show starting around 8:30 p.m. Visa and MasterCard accepted.
Adults (13 & over): $8.50
Children (5-12): $4.50