When it comes to summer nostalgia, nothing quite beats a classic drive-in movie theater. Whether you remember going to these as a kid or a teenager, drive-ins have been offering atmosphere and memories since the 1930s. Unfortunately, few drive-in theaters are still in operation. There are, however, a few still up and running in our state. Before the summer ends, visit a drive-in for a fun and nostalgic time.
1. Mesa Drive-In, Pueblo
This old-timey drive-in is located just a few hours outside of Denver in Pueblo. Established in 1951, the Mesa Drive-In keeps the nostalgia alive with 50s-style retro decor and delicious concessions. They’re open 7 nights a week and offer popular new movies on 3 different screens. Kids 12 and under get in free!
2. Blue Starlite Mini Urban Drive-In, Minturn
If you’re up in the mountains, take a detour through Minturn and see a movie at “the highest drive-in in the country!” This picturesque drive-in offers movies with mountain views. The theater plays a variety of movie favorites including cult classics, and even has the option for you to rent out the entire place for special events.
3. Holiday Twin Drive-In, Fort Collins
Visit the drive-in just an hour north of Denver for the latest flicks and blockbusters. This foothills drive-in has been in Fort Collins for 51 years, and remains a favorite for families and college kids alike. There is a concessions booth and the theater shows movies at sundown 7 nights a week.
4. Denver Mart Drive-In, Denver
If you live in the Denver area, you might be familiar with this one. Located right off the I-25 and I-70 interchange, this event space hosts the latest popular movies, a huge concessions stand, and fun events all summer long. It even boasts the largest drive-in screen in the city! Kids under 6 get in free.
5. The 88 Drive-In, Commerce City
Located just 10 minutes from Quick-Set Auto Glass is the oldest original drive-in theater in the Denver area. The 88 opened in 1972 and has been family owned since 1976. This fun drive-in offers a variety of new movies in a fun atmosphere. Bring your tent to pitch or camp out in the car for double-features every night at sundown. There is also a snack bar and movie tickets are just $9 per person. Kids 12 and under get in free.
Drive-ins may not be as big as they were in the 50s and 60s, but they’re still a beloved tradition for some every summer. Support our local drive-ins this summer and enjoy a night with the family. From all of us here at Quick-Set Auto Glass, drive safely out there.