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Drive-In Movie Theaters in Detroit

Do you remember your first drive-in movie? Perhaps you can recall viewing a film from your mom or dad’s lap, or maybe your first date in high school took place at a drive-in movie theater. Fortunately for residents of southeast Michigan, drive-in movie theaters are still providing nostalgia and entertainment for the community. Find out where you can relive some drive-in movie memories and create new ones with your friends and family.

Ford-Wyoming Drive-In Theater

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This popular drive-in theater in Dearborn is only a short drive from downtown Detroit. Open seven days a week, the Ford-Wyoming Drive-In Theater offers moviegoers an excellent value for the money, with double features preselected by the theater for viewing together.

While adult films are regular staples on the theater menu, children’s films are screened as well. Visit the theater’s website for up-to-date movie schedules.

Theater operators recently installed a new 4K laser projector for Theater 1 that promises to enhance the picture quality and create the optimum movie-viewing experience.

General admission is $12 for adults, $5 for children 12 and younger, and free for children 5 and younger.

Location: 10400 Ford Road, Dearborn

Telephone: 313-846-6910

Macomb County Drive-In Movies

Bring your friends and family to this drive-in movie venue this summer. Macomb County Drive-In Movies, presented by T-Mobile, features a 32-foot LED video screen raised 15 feet in the air for an exceptional viewing experience, even during daytime hours.

Moviegoers may view the movies from inside or outside their vehicles. The drive-in staff asks that individuals from each vehicle maintain a 15-by-20-foot space for proper social distancing. Patrons can access the movie’s soundtrack through their vehicles’ FM radio or through portable radios. Selections include both adult and kid-friendly films. In 2020, the movies included “Back to the Future,” “Top Gun,” “Incredibles 2,” and “Trolls: World Tour.”

On-site restrooms are available. When you want to get a bite to eat, you’ll find several food trucks as well as Theatre Candy and Jetta’s Gourmet Popcorn available for purchase.

The movie cost is $25 per carload per movie. Macomb County Drive-In Movies can also arrange private showings for community nonprofits, foundations, and private businesses.

Location: Freedom Hill County Park, 14900 Metro Parkway, Sterling Heights

Telephone: 586-419-0332

Movie Magic at Lakeside Mall

What began as a summertime movie event at the Lakeside Mall in Sterling Heights during the COVID-19 pandemic became a permanent drive-in movie theater. Ample parking spaces, online ticket purchasing, and prepackaged concessions are some of the many steps this drive-in movie theater has taken to ensure a safe and enjoyable viewing experience.

Recent films have included kid-friendly favorites such as “Shrek” and “Secret Life of Pets.” Older audiences have enjoyed classics such as “Transformers,” “Wonder Woman,” and “Grease.”

Tickets are only $25 per vehicle and are available for purchase on the theater’s website. Visit the theater’s Facebook page for upcoming movie schedules and other announcements.

Location: Old Sears parking lot at the Lakeside Mall, 14000 Lakeside Circle, Sterling Heights

Telephone: 586-770-6336

Summer Drive-In at USA Hockey Arena

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Head to the USA Hockey Arena in Plymouth for a dynamic drive-in movie experience. Presented by Community Financial Credit Union, the Summer Drive-In enters its 17th season at USA Hockey Arena, offering a safe, socially distanced outdoor space ideally suited for family fun.

The Summer Drive-In runs Friday and Saturday through June 11. Beginning June 11, the theater will transition to daily operation for the summer. Three large screens feature a rotating lineup of movies that include kid-friendly animated films to the latest action-adventure thriller.

The gates open at 7:30 each night, and the movies begin to roll at dusk. Moviegoers can hear the soundtracks for the films in their vehicles by turning on the FM radio to 107.3 FM (screen 1), 95.1 FM (screen 2), and 106.5 FM (screen three). Don’t forget to run your vehicle periodically during the movie so that you don’t deplete your vehicle’s battery. Contactless concession ordering and pickup services are also available.

Movie schedules appear on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Moviegoers can purchase tickets for the Summer Drive-In online. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for children 4 through 12, and free for kids 3 and younger.

Location: 14900 Beck Road, Plymouth

Telephone: 734-927-3284

The 15-Mile Drive-In Theater

When you want a fun night out with your family, visit The 15-Mile Drive-In Theater in West Bloomfield. Moviegoers will find a 55-foot screen that they can view regardless of their location on the parking lot.

Movie costs go by the number of people in your carload:

  • Standard two-person car: $25.
  • Standard car (three people or more): $35.
  • VIP two-person car: $35.
  • VIP car (three people or more): $45.

VIP tickets offer parking closer to the movie screen and a complimentary box of popcorn and a drink for everyone in the vehicle. Each vehicle is provided a 20-by-20-foot space to socially distance and enjoy a safe movie-viewing experience.

Moviegoers are welcome to bring treats from home, or they can order from the theater’s menu. When you enter the theater, you’ll receive a packet of information that contains a number marking your designated spot and a phone number that you’ll use to text in your order. A theater employee will deliver your concessions order directly to your vehicle. Water bottles, candy, popcorn, and ice cream are among the menu offerings.

Theater amenities also include on-site portable restrooms.

Location: JCC Maple Road Parking Lot, 6600 W. Maple Road, West Bloomfield

Telephone: 248-977-8949

Now that you know more about Detroit’s drive-in movie theaters, you’ll be able to treat your family and friends to a night out at the movies. What did you think about our list? Do you know about a theater that you think we should include in this article? Write to us and let us know. At Goodman Acker P.C., our attorneys always enjoy the opportunity to share information about attractions, businesses, and organizations dedicated to building up the entertainment and hospitality community of the Detroit region.

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