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Drive-In Movie Magic: Nostalgia and the Resurgence of Outdoor Theaters in Indiana

Hoosiers rejoice as the beloved drive-in theater tradition returns with the arrival of the cicada-filled season. Indiana boasts twenty of these nostalgic establishments, where both modern blockbusters and retro films are screened. Social distancing has benefited the development of outdoor theaters in Indiana. If you are familiar with the feeling of nostalgia for outdoor theaters, then you have something to satisfy it.

#1 Holiday Drive-In Theatre (Mitchell, Indiana)

Visit the Holiday Drive-In Theater in Mitchell, Indiana located at 1055 State Road 37. Check out their showtimes on their Facebook page or at holidaydrivein.biz.

Adult tickets are priced at $10, while children between the ages of 6-12 can enter for $5. Children aged 5 and under can enjoy the movie for free. On Sunday nights, there is a special carload rate of $25 (within limits) available, excluding holiday weekends.

Indulge in their delicious steakburgers, grilled the old-fashioned way on an open flame. If you’re not in the mood for a burger, they also offer chicken, tenderloins, French fries, soft-serve ice cream, and fish sandwiches.

#2 Centerbrook Drive-In (Martinsville, Indiana)

Visit the Centerbrook Drive-In located at 6735 State Road 67 North in Martinsville. Be sure to check out their showtimes on Facebook and centerbrookdrivein.com. You can also give them a call at 317-831-1526.

Experience the magic of a captivating movie against the backdrop of Southern Indiana’s scenic hills and trees. Don’t miss out on their high popcorn, fried mushrooms, and funnel cake fries dusted with powdered sugar.

Most outdoor theaters in Indiana do not show new releases. Usually, more famous old or even little-known films are shown here, so Netflix remains for new releases. Just keep in mind that you may need to change the Netflix region. If you change region, films intended for other countries will be available to you. With VeePN for Netflix, you can unblock a large UK or South Korean library. VeePN has a sufficiently extensive network of servers to unblock almost any library and service.

#3 Lake Shore Drive-In Theatre (Monticello, Indiana)

Located at 100 Rickey Rd. in Monticello, the Lake Shore Drive-In Theatre offers a variety of entertainment options. Check out their Facebook page and visit lakeshoredrivein.com for the latest showtimes. You can also contact them at 574-583-0311. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for ages 4-12, and free for ages 3 and under.

Indulge in mouthwatering treats like funnel cakes, breadsticks, and other classic concession fare available at this long-standing establishment that has been an integral part of the community for nearly seven decades.

#4 Tibbs Drive-In Theatre (Indianapolis, Indiana)

Located at 480 S. Tibbs Ave. in Indianapolis, The Tibbs Drive-In offers a wide selection of showtimes. You can check out their Facebook page and tibbsdriveintheatre.com for more information. For inquiries, you can contact them at 317-243-6666.

With four screens, The Tibbs Drive-In is the last remaining drive-in theater within the city limits of Indianapolis. It boasts a friendly staff renowned for its excellent movie recommendations.

#5 Auburn Garrett Drive-In (Garrett, Indiana)

According to the Facebook page, the drive-in is presently closed for the installation of a new screen, following damage caused by a storm last year. Stay tuned to Facebook for updates on the reopening.

Over the years, the theater has undergone several name changes, from the Tri-Hi Drive-In to the Garrett Drive-In, and now its current name. Regardless of its name, the Auburn Garrett continues to be a beloved and enduring attraction located just north of Fort Wayne.

#6 Canary Creek Cinemas (Franklin, Indiana)

870 Mallory Parkway in Franklin is the location you need for an outstanding experience. For admission prices, adults pay $8, children aged 2-11 pay $5, while military personnel and seniors pay $6.50.

Experience a family-friendly drive-in, nestled within a theater complex that offers both indoor and outdoor screenings. You’ll appreciate the perfect blend of homestyle and modern aesthetics that exudes a nostalgic charm. The signature popcorn, popped using peanut oil, guarantees satisfaction. The flavor harmonizes splendidly with a touch of butter.

Conclusion

Outdoor theaters in Indiana are becoming popular because they combine two main elements: outdoor recreation and exciting movie watching. The unique treats are just a bonus, but it must be said that they are very pleasant.

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Susie Young Baxter, CEO, has published PanoramaNOW Magazine for 31 years. Her hobbies are Camping, Boating, Hiking, Nature, Gardening and Outdoor Activities. She is an Artist, Graphic Designer, an Avid Seamstress, Dabbles in Homemade Crafts and Landscaping. Since her Father was a Health Teacher, she also likes homeopathic Health Solutions. Since blogging started over 10 years ago, PanoramaNow has been added to Newsbreak – a national news affiliate.

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Sue Baxter

Susie Young Baxter, CEO, has published PanoramaNOW Magazine for 31 years. Her hobbies are Camping, Boating, Hiking, Nature, Gardening and Outdoor Activities. She is an Artist, Graphic Designer, an Avid Seamstress, Dabbles in Homemade Crafts and Landscaping. Since her Father was a Health Teacher, she also likes homeopathic Health Solutions. Since blogging started over 10 years ago, PanoramaNow has been added to Newsbreak - a national news affiliate.