In light of the pandemic, drive-in theaters across the Austin area have been popping up left and right and gaining a lot of attention! Drive-in cinemas are a way to get out of the house, have fun and still feel safe. From cult classics to new age comedies to family favorites, movie lovers high and low are in for a treat!

Blue Starlight Drive-In

The Blue Starlite is the worlds one and only mini urban boutique drive-in movie theater! They only take 15-40 cars a night depending on the location and screen so you get all the attention you deserve on your night out with them.They concentrate on childhood favorites, drive-in classics, indie films, art house, Cult, and Gen X/Y pop culture faves. They have locations in Mueller, Round Rock, and a brand new Downtown Austin rooftop drive-in!


Doc’s takes the drive-in movie experience to the next level! Located in Buda, along with their drive-in theater Doc’s offers themed tiny homes for overnight stays, an on-site restaurant, a bar for a relaxing drink or two, and a private beach complete with a swimming hole!

Ranger Cattle

Ranger Cattle is a cattle ranch turned drive-in theater. Operating in far East Austin, a trip out to Ranger Cattle will get you entry to the drive in theater along with live music, free drinks, Wagyu burgers, and more! Their showings are BYOB and pet-friendly. Follow their Instagram for drive-in schedules and announcements.

Community Cinema & Amphitheater

The Community Cinema is a place where film, family, and fun come together at Austin’s coolest outdoor venue. Nestled into the Community First! Village countryside, the outdoor cinema and amphitheater is operating as a socially distanced drive-in format to catch a show or book an event under the stars.

The Globe

The Globe is a perfectly portable drive-in encounter. Their not-so-traditional inflatable screen is bigger than other local pop-ups and the specialized screen surface offers far better definition than old-school painted wood options. They offer a more intimate drive-in experience, maxing out around 30 cars.

Born and raised in Austin, Emily thrives off sunlight and a good happy hour. In her free time she enjoys finding hidden spots along the greenbelt and frequent trips to Austin Pets Alive! She graduated with a degree in PR and has spent the past four years as a social media manager and writer.