As social distancing has become best practice for preventing the spread of COVID-19, one of the most unexpected surprises on Greater Phoenix's entertainment scene has been the resurgence of drive-in movies. What’s better than getting out of the house to enjoy a movie – complete with snacks, of course – in the comfort of your vehicle?
The result: Drive-in screens are popping up all over town, showing blockbusters, new releases, cult classics, family movies, and more. So, whether it’s been years since you’ve been to the drive-in or it's your first time ever, now is your chance.
Please note that social-distancing guidelines are strictly enforced.
Self-described as an atmosphere of “relaxed family fun with a mix of old-school drive-in vibe combined with the latest technology,” West Wind offers first-run movies (most of which double features) nightly across nine digital projectors — and it's the only permanent drive-in theater in Greater Phoenix. Bonus: Keep an eye out for occasional midnight screenings of major releases. Visit the website for titles and showtimes.
General Admission: adults, $7.75; ages 5-11, $1.75; ages 4 and under, free
5650 N. 55th Ave., Glendale
Built to meet the recent demand, Digital Drive-In AZ is a single 24-by-40-foot digital, high-definition screen that offers a movie every day of the week, with two show times Thursday through Sunday (subject to change). Movies start at 6:45 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday, and at 6:45 and 8:45 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. Visit the website for titles and showtimes, and to purchase tickets in advance – snack packs, t-shirts and gift certificates available too.
Admission: $8 per vehicle (plus $14 fee)
1901 N. Alma School Road, Mesa
Widely known for its seasonal festivals and u-pick fruits and veggies, Schnepf Farms has transformed into an old fashioned drive-in, featuring some of your all-time favorite movies, family films as well as good ol’ classics. Movie nights take place Wednesday through Sunday and showtimes vary between 7:30 and 8 p.m. Visit the Schnepf Farms Facebook page for titles.
Admission: $15 per vehicle
24810 South Rittenhouse Road, Queen Creek
In the Spirit of Halloween, Moonlight Movie Nights are returning to Scottsdale from Friday, Oct. 23 to Sunday, Nov. 1. The drive-in launched a schedule of Halloween-themed cinematic favorites (screening Thursdays through Sundays), including “Ghostbusters,” “Hocus Pocus,” “Beetlejuice,” “The Lost Boys,” “Casper,” “The Addams Family” and “Coco.”
Food and beverage takeout options will be available from a number of restaurants located within the Sonora Village complex. Guests who spend at least $20 at one of these restaurants are eligible to receive up to $20 back on their movie ticket purchase. A list of qualifying restaurants can be found online at azpopupmovies.com.
Admission: $20 per vehicle with up to two occupants; $30 per vehicle with three or more people (plus tax)
Sonora Village, Best Buy Parking Lot
15449 N. Hayden Road, Scottsdale
480-245-5152 (text preferred)
PopUp Events at WestWorld of Scottsdale includes a variety of events, including drive-in movies select weekend dates. Check out blockbusters, classics and everything in between — on the big screen — with the entire family this fall. Visit the website for titles and show times, or join the mailing list to be the first to know which films are coming next.
Admission: $19.99-$30 per vehicle
16601 N. Pima Road, Scottsdale
Bonus Drive-In Events this Fall
Sept. 25 – Oct. 25 (select dates)
While the Arizona State Fair isn't taking place in its traditional form this year, guests are invited to treat themselves to all the fair's most popular food items on weekends through October. Vendors will set up booths at the fairgrounds (in a drive-thru style) and have all their best sellers — from turkey legs and funnel cakes to cotton candy and deep-fried everything (try the Oreos) — available for purchase. Follow the Arizona State Fair on Facebook and Instagram for additional information and updates. Pro tip: Get there early, because the first weekend was so popular that gates closed at 7 p.m.
Hours: 12 to 9 p.m. each day.
1826 W. McDowell Road, Phoenix
After rolling out drive-in concerts in San Diego, Ventura and other California locations, CBF Productions is bringing Concerts In Your Car to Arizona and setting the newest stage up at the Arizona State Fairgrounds. Think, drive-in event meets live entertainment. This live, drive-in concert series is a new entertainment experience — all from the comfort and safety of your own vehicle. Each week top-tier talent performs on our outdoor, in-the-round stage, giving us all an opportunity to sing, dance and laugh again. Lineup updated regularly. Follow Concerts In Your Can on Facebook and Instagram for forthcoming announcements.
Oct. 16: Tower of Power
Oct. 23: Sublime with Rome
Oct. 25: The Beach Boys
Oct. 28: Drive-In screening of "The Blair Witch Project"
Oct. 29: Drive-In screening of "Halloween"
Oct. 30: Aaron Lewis of Stained and Sully Erna of Godsmack
Nov. 13: 311 (5:30 and 8:30 p.m. showtimes)
Admission: Starting at $99 per car
1826 W. McDowell Road, Phoenix