Drive-In Theaters

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Spring has almost sprung here in Central Texas, which makes it the perfect time to be outside! Why not treat the family to a film under the stars? Re-live your childhood memories or make new ones with your family. The Austin area is home to several drive-in theaters. Below are some of our favorites.

Blue Starlite Mini Urban Drive-In – Austin and Round Rock

This boutique drive-in prides itself on its smaller size. With 35 car slots available per night, the ambiance is more exclusive and intimate. The theater is located in the heart of Austin at Mueller II, and offers four incredible drive-in experiences. The Main Screen has room for 28 cars, The Side Show fits eight cars, The Forest Amphitheater seats 50 pedestrians, and their newest addition, Drive-In Alley, has room for 14 cars and offers a widescreen 4K, silent drive-in cinema experience. The drive-in shows childhood favorites, drive-in classics, indie films, art house, Cult, and Gen X/Y pop culture faves. They’re available for private events and birthday parties too. Walk-ins are $8 and car slot prices go up from there. Movie theater concessions are available, but attendees can bring in snacks and beverages.

Find upcoming shows here: https://www.bluestarlitedrivein.com/home-austin

Blue Starlite recently opened a second location in Round Rock. The new location is inside Old Settlers Park. Patrons will be able to order Drive-in BBQ meals with their advanced tickets and have Salt Lick ready for them to enjoy when the movie begins. Upcoming shows are listed and tickets are available at https://www.bluestarlitedrivein.com/round-rock-1.

Austin: 2103 E M. Franklin Ave, Austin, TX 78723
Round Rock: 800 Harrell Parkway, Round Rock, TX 78665
For more information: www.bluestarlitedrivein.com


Doc’s Drive-In Theater – Buda

This family-friendly classic drive-in brings a nostalgic vibe to today’s modern drive-in. Enjoy a movie, games, parties, and delicious food from Mama Merlot’s. You can even stay the night in one of their mini houses! Each tiny house has its own theme — choose from the Wizarding World, Breakfast at Audrey’s, or a Galaxy Far, Far Away. Or just come for the movie and enjoy a night of fun with your family. Catch a family film or a horror-themed doubleheader. See their schedule and buy tickets online. Prices start at $12.

1540 Satterwhite Rd.
Buda, Texas 78610
512-960-4460
For more information: www.docsdriveintheatre.com

Stars and Stripes Drive-In Theater – New Braunfels

The Stars and Stripes Drive-In promises movies and memories at its New Braunfels location. Opened in 2015, this drive-in offers three screens with first-run movies. There’s a playground for the kids and food to satisfy the pickiest of eaters. The vintage vibe and friendly atmosphere keep customers coming back time and again. Open nightly, rain or shine. Arrive 45 minutes early to enjoy the full experience!

1178 Kroesche Ln.
New Braunfels, TX 78130
830-620-SHOW (7469)
For more information: http://driveinusa.com/nb/

The Globe Drive-In Theater – Hutto

The Globe opened its, um, gates in January at the Brushy Creek Amphitheater and offers family-friendly favorites and cult classics. The drive-in sells typical concession stand grub — popcorn, pickles, soda, etc. — but patrons also can bring in their own food and beverages (including alcohol). Screenings take place on Friday and Saturday nights on their 14’x25’ foot inflatable screen. Check out what’s showing here.

1001 Co Rd 137
Hutto, TX 78634
For more information: www.theglobedrivein.com