It might be the perfect pandemic movie night: Drive-in movies are back in fashion.
In Pennsylvania, it’s easy: The state has about 28 drive-ins with 45 screens — only New York has more, according to the United Drive-In Theatre Owners Association.
Here are a dozen drive-in theaters, all within about 150 miles of Center City — including a couple that are out-of-state.
For a quick-ish trip
New Jersey’s only drive-in theater has two screens, each showing a different double feature. Don’t miss: The extensive food menu, with cheesesteaks, shrimp with brown rice, and pulled pork sandwiches. If you want to bring your own food, you’ll need a $20 food permit.
Opened in 1934, Shankweiler’s says it’s the second oldest drive-in in America. Don’t miss: Hike before your flick: Trexler Nature Preserve is a 10-minute drive away, with nearly 20 miles of trails for hiking, mountain biking, and more.
This Lehigh Valley drive-in has been around since 1946, and features double features on two screens. Don’t miss: There’s lots of hiking near Becky’s, including a trailhead on the Appalachian Trail. And you can bring your pup, too: Pets are allowed at the drive-in.
Open since 1949, the Mahoning Drive-In Theater says it has the “largest CinemaScope screen in Pennsylvania” at 109 feet, and show only classics on 35mm film. Don’t miss: The theater really goes for it with films, and encourages cosplay and photo ops, as well as offering themed food and live dj sets. Plus, you can truly make a night of it: You can buy an overnight pass and camp there til morning.
If you’re willing to travel a bit
Bengies in Maryland has a massive 120-foot by 52-foot theater screen, which it claims is the largest in the country. Don’t miss: The Bengies snack bar has everything from 16-inch pizzas and egg rolls to caramel apples and cotton candy.
Moonlite Drive-In sat idle for about 30 years before reopening in 2019. Don’t miss: Francis Slocum State Park is about a 10-minute drive away, with 1,035 acres of outdoor fun, including a pool, lake, and hiking and mountain biking trails.
Haar’s Drive-In has been running since 1953. Don’t miss: Make a trek to a section of the Appalachian Trail in Mount Holly Springs, about a 20-minute drive away.
This Dauphin County drive-in is open Fridays and Saturdays. Don’t miss: You can order concessions ahead of time online, with burgers, pizza, and, of course, popcorn.
For a full-day film adventure
Garden is a two-screen drive-in in Luzerne County. Don’t miss: Garden Drive-In also has a large flea market, open Sundays from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Circle Drive-In has been open since 1949. Don’t miss: On Sundays from 7 a.m.-3 p.m., the site hosts a giant flea market and farmers market. And every October, the drive-in hosts a big haunted movie attraction Circle of Screams.
Located in Cumberland County, this drive-in has been at it since 1952. Don’t miss: Concessions options include hot dogs, cheeseburgers, popcorn, and nachos — and there’s an on-site playground area.
Located in Northumberland County, Point Drive-In features three screens, which show double features. You can buy a season pass, $200 gets you a season of movies with two adults and up to two kids; $125 gets you a pass for two adults, or $75 if you want to watch solo. Add a popcorn pass for $25 and you get a small bag of popcorn everytime you see a movie. Don’t miss: Tire out the kiddos at nearby Hess Recreation Area, with a skatepark, fishing in Mahoning Creek, and softball fields.
This article has been updated since it first published.
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