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San Diego's Drive-in Movie Theaters

A Little Bit of Americana in San Diego

With state-of-the-art projectors and San Diego’s average 70 degree weather, drive-in theatres offer the perfect setting for a night at the movies.

An Old-Fashioned Tradition

In Santee and South Bay, there exists a piece of Americana that time almost forgot, the drive-in movie theatre. With multiple screens, state-of-the-art projectors, and San Diego's average 70 degree weather, these theaters offer the perfect night for families, cheap first dates, or for long-time lovers looking to rekindle their youth. Ticket prices are less than the multiplexes and so are the concessions. You can either buy popcorn and candy from the drive-in or bring your own.

South Bay Drive-in Theatre

Opened in 1958, the South Bay Drive-in Theatre shows two movies on each of its three screens. Movies are shown daily, year-round. On each screen, movies are paired to complement each other, meaning there is always something showing for everyone. And if you are looking for that unique item or gift, the South Bay Drive-in also hosts an outdoor swap meet on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays. South Bay Drive-In Theater is perfect for the budget-conscious traveling family or for those looking to relive the glory days of the fifties with a movie under the stars.

> Find movie times at the South Bay Drive-In Theater

Santee Drive-in Theatre

The Santee Drive-in in San Diego's East County shows movies in digital format on its two screens. Movies are shown daily 7 nights a week, year-round, and only cash is accepted. All movies are broadcast through the FM radio in your vehicle, so it's good to make sure your radio is working before you go. They do have a snack bar and bathrooms located in the building in the center of the theater as well as portable jump kits for dead batteries, just in case...

> Find movie times at the Santee Drive-in Theatre

Drive-In Popups

Dinner & a Movie on the Bay

"Cruise-In" San Diego, Dinner & a Movie on the Bay. Experience a spectacular San Diego evening with classic movie theater blockbusters while dining alfresco on our gorgeous outdoor deck. Cruise ticket includes dinner, movie, reserved seating and popcorn. Full bar available onboard for purchase.

Rockin' Retro Drive-In at Cal State San Marcos

The California Center for the Arts, Escondido has teamed up with Cal State San Marcos to put on a series of drive-in movies and concerts. Be prepared to sing along during the drive-in classic Grease or bring the whole family for the Pixar's OnWard. For music lovers, get your tickets to be transported back to the 50s and 60s for classic rock and Motown hits.

> Browse the Rockin' Retro Drive-In Schedule

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