A Guide to Wisconsin’s Drive-In Movie Theaters

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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 new Milky Way Drive In will accommodate 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.

Parking Lot Cinema at The Marcus Majestic in Brookfield
770 Springdale Rd, Waukesha

Starting Friday, May 29th, The Marcus Majestic Cinema of Brookfield will begin showing a double feature from its parking lot and it will continue seven days per week during the summer moviegoing season. The experience is comparable to the nostalgic drive-in, but on a smaller scale. A set of guidelines has been established for everyone’s safety – starting with ticket purchase, which is completely online.

For full details, click here!

  • Time – First films starts at sundown (approximately 8:45 p.m.)
  • Cost – $25 per carload Monday through Thursday; $30 per carload Friday through Sunday

Parking Lot Cinema at The Marcus South Shore Cinema in Oak Creek
7261 S 13th St, Oak Creek

Marcus South Shore Cinema in Oak Creek has jumped on the Drive In train and is now showing a double feature from its parking lot and it will continue seven days per week during the summer moviegoing season. The experience is comparable to the nostalgic drive-in, but on a smaller scale. A set of guidelines has been established for everyone’s safety – starting with ticket purchase, which is completely online.

For full details, click here!

  • Time – First films starts at sundown (approximately 8:45 p.m.)
  • Cost – $25 per carload Monday through Thursday; $30 per carload Friday through Sunday

Highway 18 Outdoor Theatre
W6423 US-18, Jefferson (about 50 minutes from Milwaukee)
(920) 674-6700

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.

Admission:
Adults (12+): $10
Children (5-11): $6
Children (4 & under): Free
Seniors (65+) and active duty military personnel: $8

 

The Duck Pond
2920 N Sherman Ave, Madison, WI 53704 (about 50 minutes from Milwaukee)

The Madison Mallards are transforming their ballpark into a drive in movie theater for the 2020 season! The first installment of the series will run from May 20 through May 26, and movies will range from family-friendly to action-packed. The films will be cast onto the Zimbrick Honda video board, and audio will be sent via FM transmitter.

Some of the movies you can expect: Aladdin; Frozen II; Toy Story 4; Black Panther; Inside Out; Knives Out; The Secret Life of Pets; The Princess Bride; Star Wars; The Sand Lot.

Popcorn and candy, along with a variety of canned beer, wine, and Pepsi products will be available. Make sure to bring debit or credit cards as cash will not be accepted.

Admission:
$40/vehicle

Click here for all the details and to reserve a spot!

Chilton Twilight Outdoor Theater
1255 E. Chestnut St., Chilton (about an hour and 30 minutes from Milwaukee)
(920) 849-9565

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. 

Admission:
Adults: $6
Children (11 & under): $4

Big Sky Twin Drive-In Theater
N9199 Winnebago Rd, Wisconsin Dells (about an hour and 50 minutes from Milwaukee)
(608) 254-8025

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. Scheduled to open for the season on Friday, May 22. Cash only.

Admission:
Adults: $8
Children (11 & under): $6
Children (2 & under): Free

Field of Scenes Outdoor Theater
N3712 WI-55, Freedom (about two hours from Milwaukee)
(920) 489-3600

This two-screen drive-in offers double features and is tentatively opening for the season on Friday, May 29. Concessions available. Tickets are first come first serve, no reservations or space holds. 

Admission:
Adults: $8
Children (11 & under): $4
Children (3 & under): Free

Sky Vu Drive In Movie Theater
N1936 WI-69, Monroe (about two hours from Milwaukee)
(608) 325-4545

This drive-in features a single outdoor screen, playing double features. Concessions available. Opening date is Thursday, June 4. Cash or check only.

Moonlight Outdoor Theater
1494 E. Green Bay St., Shawano (about two hours and 15 minutes from Milwaukee)
(715) 524-3636

This single screen drive-in offers double features. Gates open at 7 p.m. with the first film starting at 8:45 p.m. Scheduled to open for the season on Monday, May 18. Concessions available. Credit cards accepted. 

Admission:
Adults & Seniors: $8
Children: $3

Skyway Drive-In Theater
3475 State Highway 42, Fish Creek (about three hours from Milwaukee)
(920) 854-9938

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. Scheduled to open for the season on Friday, May 22. Concessions available. Cash only, but there is an ATM available. 

Admission:
Adults (12 & over): $9
Children (5-11): $5

Stardust Drive In Movie Theater
995 22nd St., Chetek (about four hours from Milwaukee)
(715) 458-4587

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. 

Admission:
Adults (13 & over): $8.50
Children (5-12): $4.50

Drive In Movie Special Events

Music and Movies Drive In Movie Series – Marcus Center, Milwaukee
Friday, June 12th

Hosted on the roof of the Marcus Center parking structure for a crowd of 40 cars, the first of hopefully several nights of “Music & Movies” will feature a presentation of the Oscar-winning musical “Dreamgirls,” the 2006 soul and R&B drama starring Beyonce, Eddie Murphy and the Oscar-winning Best Supporting Actress of that year, Jennifer Hudson.

To become a Broadway Bash supporter of the Marcus Center and get access to a pass for their vehicle at the June 12 screening, email the Marcus Center at [email protected] and stay tuned to the Bash’s website.

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