5 Wisconsin Drive-In Movie Theaters to Visit Before Summer Ends

Drive-in theaters are perfect for date night, family bonding, if you want the perfect dark environment to see the new horror film and for those who would rather sit in the comfort of their own vehicle and away from others.

1. Milky Way Drive-In 


Out with the old, in with the new? Nah. The Milky Way Drive-In combines both the past and the present to give their customers the best experience filled with “nostalgia and innovation.” They provide a safe environment to watch your favorite films, old and new, on their 40-foot LED screen. They also have some snacks to munch on as well as burgers, fries and milkshakes through their carhop concession service delivered by golf cart and orderable via phone app. Milky Way has new film showings, double features and frequent film classics such as The Goonies, GhostBusters and more. Audio for the film is available by tuning into an FM radio station. Their showtimes are run May through September with special Fright Nights through October. Tickets are available online and $35 per vehicle. Showtimes for future dates are subject to change, keep up with the official website for more information.

2. Highway 18 Outdoor Theater 


This outdoor theater is open around May to September. They show mostly newly released films with the occasional classic. Tickets are available at location and charge per person admission, $10 for adults (12-64) and $6 for children (5-11). There is a playground for children to use before the film starts and once it does, they must go back to their vehicle where audio for the film can be found by tuning into an FM radio station. In addition, the concessios menu is huge! From bbq pulled pork to 2/3 lb burgers, ice cream, popcorn, pizza and more.


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3. Chilton Twilight Outdoor Theater 


Concerts, fireworks and movies, oh my! The Chilton Outdoor Theater is family owned and managed by owners Mike and Vicki Radue. They own three cinema cafes and the Chilton drive in theater through Get Reel Inc. Although, all of their theaters are different, they are all equally dedicated to providing family entertainment at affordable costs. They showcase an alternating list of new releases and concerts live on the big screen. They also have a notable concession menu including popcorn, pretzels, nachos, homemade pizza, candy and other goodies. They sometimes have live performers. For instance, this Saturday acoustic guitar duo Homegrown will be performing live from 6:30pm-9:00pm followed by fireworks and the films Cruella and Quiet Place 2. Tickets are $6 for adults and $4 for kids, except Saturdays. Saturdays are $10 per car load.

4. Big Sky Drive in Theater 


Big Sky Drive In took the phrase “two is better than one” and made it a reality. They have two full-size screens playing double features of newly released movies. They are open May until fall where customers can tune into their car radio, a portable radio or can rent one from the concession stand. They serve a handful of goodies including homemade sloppy joes and their highly-praised Mamaburger. This theater offers two movies for the price of one. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children under 11 years old. They are only accepting cash payment for all sales at this time.

5. Fields of Scenes Outdoor Theater 

N3712 WI-55, FREEDOM | ~2 HR

Established in 2003, Fields of Scenes began operating as a family business after building the outdoor theater. They have two screens for double features. There are speakers on the screen and through the concession stand, but main audio is accessible through two different radio stations depending on which screen the film is being played on. It is recommended that you bring a battery operated radio to not drain your vehicle’s battery during the films. The theater is BYOB-Bring Your Own Ball as they have two basketball hoops, a volleyball net and two playgrounds accessible before the show. Tickets are sold on a first come, first serve basis and the prices include a double feature. Tickets for adults are $8 and $4 for children (11-4). They show a range of new films and serve an assortment of foods off the grill as well as your favorite snacks.