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Drive-in Movie Theaters Open around LA: Family Movie Nights Make a Retro Comeback

The return of the drive-in movie is definitely on the pandemic silver lining list. Ticket sales are reportedly up at most of the nation's (freshly reopened) drive-in movie theaters; and pop-up drive-in movie events are beginning to, well, pop up all over. In the age of social distancing, watching a movie in your car may be the only way to safely go out to the movies. Ticket prices are cheaper than a trip to a regular movie theater, and if that leaves you able to spend a little more, supporting the theater's concession stand helps these small businesses keep going. If not, one great thing about drive-ins is that you can BYO popcorn (and PJs)!

Although so far LA County has not yet reopened any movie theaters, the drive-in movie theaters listed below in nearby counties are all confirmed open as of the publication date. As other theaters reopen and pop-up drive-ins are added, we will add them to this list.

Don't forget to bring masks for the bathroom and concession stands. These fun kids' face masks are just the ticket!


Mission Tiki Drive-In
10798 Ramona Ave
Montclair, CA 91763

Rubidoux Drive-In Theatre
3770 Opal St
Riverside, CA 92509

Van Buren Drive-In
3035 Van Buren Blvd
Riverside, CA 92503

Skyline Drive-in
31175 Old Highway 58
Barstow, CA 92311

Vineland Drive-In Theater
443 N. Vineland Ave
City of Industry, CA 92503

Rose Bowl
1001 Rose Bowl Drive
Pasadena, CA

The Roadium Open Air Market
2500 W Redondo Beach Blvd
Torrance, CA 90504

Vineland Drive-In Theater
443 N. Vineland Ave
City of Industry, CA 92503

Various Locations, including First American Title Company
1 First American Way Parking Structure Rooftop
Santa Ana, CA 92707

Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort
1131 Back Bay Drive
Newport Beach, CA 92660

Orange County Great Park
no physical address, see website for directions Sand Canyon and Marine Way
Irvine, CA

Sagebrush Cantina
23527 Calabasas Road Old Town Calabasas
Calabasas, CA 91302

Americana at Brand
889 Americana Way
Glendale, CA 91210

Ventura County Fairgrounds
10 W. Harbor Blvd.
Ventura, CA 93001

Ontario International Airport Lot 5
Airport Drive
Ontario, CA 91761

Main Street Parking Lot South
entrance on Lexington
El Monte, CA

Whittier Narrows Regional Park
South El Monte, CA

Castaic Lake Park
32132 Castaic Lake Dr.
Santa Clarita, CA 91390

Brandeis Bardin Campus
1101 Peppertree Lane
Simi Valley, CA 93064

Dana Point Harbor
34571 Dana Point Harbor Drive
Dana Point, CA 92629
Heritage Square Museum Self Guided Walking Tours
Heritage Square Museum - 11:00 AM Pick
CatCafe Lounge
Catcafe Lounge - 12:00 PM Pick
Marina del Rey WaterBus
various boarding locations, including Burton Chace Park - 1:00 PM Pick
Cinema Pop-Up Drive-In
Rancho Mission Viejo Riding Park - 8:30 PM Pick
Plays In The House Teen Edition
website - various times Pick
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