Sarasota, Florida, and the surrounding areas are home to many attractions. From beaches to circus schools, theatres to amusement parks, it is a state that you won’t be bored in! Among the many attractions in the Tampa/Sarasota area, are drive-in movie theaters, some of which have been running since the 1950s! Admission in these drive-in movies is far less than at indoor movie theaters, and have an old-timey feel to them that you just can’t find anywhere else!
Ruskin Family Drive-In Theatre
Located in Ruskin, FL, the Ruskin Family Drive-In Theatre promotes a family-friendly atmosphere and clean restrooms, and doesn’t allow alcohol or roughhousing. This theatre is open year round, and has affordable snacks and concessions as well. It has been running for more than 50 years, since its first movie “Singing in the Rain” played in 1952. Admission is $6.00 a person, and $1.00 for children 5-8 years old. 4 year olds and younger are free. This theatre only accepts cash; so make sure to stop by the ATM before you go! The box office opens at 7:00pm on Fridays and Saturdays, and 7:45pm Sundays-Thursdays. Movie times vary, so be sure to visit their website before you go: http://ruskinfamilydrivein.com/
Fun Lan Drive-In Theatre
Located in Tampa, FL, this drive-in movie theatre opened in 1950, and is still going strong today. It has a Swap Shop Flea Market that is open every Thursday-Sunday at 6:00am, and shows new movie releases just like a regular movie theatre. This drive-in is open 7 days a week (even on holidays), and there are 4 screens for your viewing pleasure. Admission is $6.00 for adults, and $2.00 for children 4-9 years old. For more information, visit: http://fun-lan.com/lake_fun/index.html
Silver Moon Drive in Theatre
Located in Lakeland, Florida, this drive-in movie theatre has all digital technology, 2 screens, and runs year round, every day of the week. The Silver Moon Drive-In Theatre is also known for its Swap Shop market. Every Saturday and Sunday starting at 5:00am, people come out to the drive-in to swap their collectibles and various items. The snack bar is open during the Swap Shop, and it includes breakfast options, as well as burgers, pizza, nachos, and more. This theatre opened in 1948, and is still going strong! Admission is as follows: ages 4-9 years $1.00 each, and ages 10+ years $5.00 each. Movie times vary. Visit their very informative website at: http://www.silvermoondrivein.com/
Ocala Drive-In Theater
Located in Ocala, FL, the Ocala Drive-In Theater hosts many events throughout the month as well as nightly movies. On the 2nd Saturday of every month, they have swap meets and yard sales, and on the 3rd Saturday of every month, they have music, giveaways and raffles. This theater just re-opened and has a newly renovated facility. Ocala Drive-In is open 7 nights a week, rain or shine. Admission is $6.00 for adults, $3.00 for children 6-12 years, and children 5 and under get in for free. For more information, visit: http://ocaladrivein.info/
Whether you are a young child or a senior adult, the drive-in movies are fun for everyone. For seniors, it is a waltz back into time, and for young people it can be a great new experience. If you live in the Tampa/Sarasota area, visit one of these drive-in movie theaters today!