The Mahoning Drive-In has delighted area residents since 1949. Photo by Thomas Hawk, via Flickr/Creative Commons
The Mahoning Drive-In has delighted area residents since 1949. Photo by Thomas Hawk, via Flickr/Creative Commons

Drive-in Movie Theaters Near Philly and Outdoor Movies Playing Now

Watching movies under the stars is a traditional summer bucket list activity. During the pandemic, many families have enjoyed the resurgance of retro drive-in theaters and the popularity of outdoor pop-up movies near Philadelphia to watch their favorite films. The trend continues this year! 

Mommy Poppins Philadelphia has rounded up a few drive-ins located throughout the region that are certainly worth the drive. Some spots are near the Jersey Shore while others are close to the mountains. We've also included venues that provide an outdoor movie experience without sitting in the car. Bring a blanket or lawn chair to those.

Most drive-in movie venues require online ticket purchases, so be sure to view the schedules in advance. Our list is constantly being updated with pop-up locations since organizers are still confirming their events. Check back often for new options. 

Browse through our Summer Activity Guide for Philadelphia for more ideas on ways to stay busy this summer.


Places featured in this article:


Shankweiler's Drive-In Theatre

The Mahoning Drive-In Theater

Betsy Ross House
upcoming events
(Fri Jun 4, 2021 - Fri Oct 1, 2021) Movies Under the Stars and Stripes
(Fri Oct 8, 2021 - Fri Oct 29, 2021) Spooky Twilight Tours

ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks

Amphitheater behind the Plymouth Meeting Community Center

Penn Township Park
upcoming events

Fischer's Park
upcoming events
Library of Congress National Book Festival
Library of Congress and Virtual - 9:00 AM Pick
Scarecrows in the Village
Peddler's Village - 10:00 AM Pick
Korean Festival & Harvest Celebration
Delaware Art Museum - 5:00 PM Pick
Story Pirates Story Creation Zone
Online Link to Be Provided - 7:00 PM Pick
Pay What You Wish
Philadelphia Museum of Art - various times Pick
Neighborhood Guides
Activity Guides