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June 25, 2024

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Drive-in Movies are Back this Summer!

Enjoy an old-school movie-watching experience with your kids (pajamas & all!) at one of five Middle Tennessee drive-in theaters.

Tennessee has several theaters for drive-in movies — all of them a bit of a drive — so going will be a big event for your family that requires a little planning.

We’ve got you covered for a memory-making night out with the kids. Just make sure your leave in plenty of time! Here are the drive-in movies within an hour’s drive of Nashville in order of distance:

Stardust Drive-In Theatre (31 miles)  

310 Purple Tiger Dr, Watertown
Open 7 nights a week
$9 for ages 12 & over, $7 for ages 6 – 11), FREE for kids 5 and under
Now showing:
Jurassic World Dominion (2022) - IMDb
Coming soon:

NEW THIS YEAR! “Retro Wednesdays”

July 13:

July 20:

July 27: 

Moonlite Drive-In (40 miles)

931 W Main St, Woodbury
Open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays
Now showing:

Pink Cadillac Drive-In Theater (41 miles) 

2506 TN-100, Centerville
Open Fridays and Saturdays
$10 for adults, 12 & under are free
Now showing:

Macon Drive-In (50 miles)

3570 Scottsville Rd, Lafayette
Open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays
$6 for ages 10 and up, $3 for ages 9 – 5 and ages 4 and under are FREE
Now showing:

Sparta Drive-In (91 miles)

220 Roberts Matthews Hwy, Sparta
Open Fridays and Saturdays
$9 for ages 12 and up, $5 for kids 4 – 11 and children 3 and under are FREE

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5 Tips for Drive-In Movies with Kids:

  1. PLAN ON A LATE NIGHT: Drive-Ins offer double features. Even if you pull away after the first feature, you’ll be getting home late.
  2. KIDS CAN WEAR PAJAMAS: Then, plop them right into bed when you get home.
  3. PACK FUN SNACKS: Or pay a pretty bundle at the concession stand. Pop your own popcorn, candy, & pack a cooler with cold drinks.
  4. BRING CHAIRS, PILLOWS & THROWS: Even on a warm night you can get chilled sitting outside.
  5. PACK JUMPER CABLE (JUST IN CASE): When you play the sound through your car radio, batteries can drain fast. Be ready.



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About the Author

Michael Aldrich

Michael Aldrich is Nashville Parent's Managing Editor and a Middle Tennessee arts writer. He and his wife, Alison, are the proud parents of 4-year-old Ezra and baby Norah.