arrow-down arrow-left arrow-right arrow-up play-button plus tab-indicator dots close menu search facebook google-plus instagram pinterest rss twitter youtube rss-two heart Check FeaturedBadge linkedin minus apps placeholder linkedin

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

Find a place to stay

Book online or call 1-800-350-6205 to speak with a local expert

Related Articles and Features

Deals just for you

Accommodation

Daily Parking Package

Holiday Inn San Diego Bayside
Valid: Mar 14 - ongoing

Park For Free In San Diego! Taking a road trip to San Diego? Stay at Holiday Inn Bayside and take advantage of our Daily Parking Package! Book our Daily Parking Package and receive FREE daily parking...

History & Heritage

Save 10% off any San Diego Walks Tour

San Diego Walks
Valid: Feb 22 - ongoing

We offer tours of Balboa Park, Old Town, Liberty Station and Coronado. Use code BEST10 at time of booking to save 10%    

Trains

Students Save 15%

Amtrak Pacific Surfliner
Valid: Dec 9, 2021 - ongoing

Take the scenic route to San Diego.  Students ages 13 to 25 can enjoy a 15% savings on Pacific Surfliner trips year-round. Study, read, sleep or just enjoy the beautiful scenery. In the...

Events to check out

Event

Bike the Bay

Aug 28, 2022

Bike the Bay is back in person on Sunday, August 28, 2022! Ride from the comfort of your own saddle, at your own pace, on your own time. Proceeds from the Bike the Bay ride will benefit the San Diego...

Event

Nissan Super Girl Surf Pro

Sep 16 - Sep 18, 2022

The world’s top professional female surfers will be back in Oceanside for the 15th annual Nissan Super Girl Surf Pro, a 3 day event from September 16 – 18, 2022. The weekend will be...

Event

San Diego International Film Festival

San Diego Int'l Film Festival
Oct 19 - Oct 23, 2022

The 21st Annual San Diego International Film Festival is really 'Putting the Fest Back in Festival!' This year includes the return of the Opening Night Film Premiere & Reception, the Night of the...

Stay in touch

Sign up to receive the latest news, events, and updates about San Diego. Our monthly and weekly newsletters will keep you informed about the latest and greatest happenings in the destination.

Sign Up

Partners

Explore

Plan

Stay

Follow Us

Language:

English | Change Language

Select your country or region

China FlagChinaGermany FlagGermanyGreat Britain FlagGreat BritainJapan FlagJapanMexico FlagMexicoKorea FlagKoreaSwitzerland FlagSwitzerlandBrazil FlagBrazilFrance FlagFranceAustralia FlagAustraliaCanada FlagCanada USA

Or use Google Translate

Afrikaans Albanian Arabic Belarusian Bulgarian Catalan Croatian Czech Danish Deutsch Español Estonian Filipino Finnish Francais Galician Greek Haitian-Creole Hebrew Hindi Hungarian Icelandic Indonesian Irish Italian Japanese Korean Latvian Lithuanian Macedonian Malay Maltese Nederlands Norwegian Persian Polish Portuguese Romanian Russian Serbian Slovak Slovenian Swahili Swedish Telugu Thai Turkish Ukranian Vietnamese Welsh Yiddish