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5 Georgia Drive-In Theaters You Can't Miss

Pack up the family and head out for a double feature at these Georgia drive-ins!

During the peak of the drive-in movie craze, the world saw more than 5,500 theatres – most of those in the U.S. Today, there are less than 350 worldwide. And what a shame, as they offer families such a fun, affordable option for adventure.

Luckily, Georgia boasts five drive-in theatres, including the world’s largest screen. Pack up the family and head out for a double feature this weekend!

  • Georgia Drive-In Theaters
    Jesup Drive-In

Georgia Drive-In Theaters

Starlight Drive-In Theatre (Atlanta)

Since 1949, Starlight has entertained guests on the outskirts of Atlanta. Due to their strategic location and savvy growth decisions, they have remained an Atlanta staple.

Double-features play seven days a week on high-quality digital projection. Tickets are $9 for adults and $1 for kids 5-9 years old. Concessions available. See the website for coupons. No pets.

Don’t miss their swap meet Saturday and Sunday with free parking. Admission is only 50 cents.

 

Swan Drive-In Theatre (Blue Ridge)

Swan Drive-In opened in Blue Ridge in 1955. At the time, there was no TV in the city, and demand for the movies was huge. The local businessmen could barely keep up.

It took much effort and fortitude to build the large drive-in theater, but once it was accomplished, Blue Ridge attracted people from miles around – all seeking to watch a movie on the big screen.

It was named "Swan" because of the beautiful, peaceful birds that one of the owners admired while stationed in England before WWII.

Movies play seven days a week, with double features Friday and Saturday. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for kids 4-11 years old. Concessions are available. Cash only; no cards accepted.

 

Tiger Drive In Theatre (Tiger)

Tiger Drive-In, also in the mountains, originally opened in 1954, closed for a bit in the 1980s, and then reopened in 2004.

Catch a flick Friday, Saturday or Sunday, with double-features Friday and Saturday. Tickets are $10, and kids 4-11 years old are $5. Concessions are available, and picnics are encouraged. Kids will love the playground, too.

Don’t miss Hot Rod Night on the first Saturday of every month. Bring your hot rod for $1 off admission and a free small popcorn.

 

Wilderness Outdoor Movie Theater (Trenton)

On the Georgia/Tennessee border is Wilderness Outdoor Movie Theater, which touts the largest outdoor drive-in movie screen in the world.

Double features play on weekends three seasons a year; the theatre is closed during winter months. Tickets are $7 – cash only. Pets welcome.

Park in your car like a traditional drive-in theater guest, or bring your blanket and chairs to the great lawn while you watch.

Outside food and drink (including alcohol) are not permitted. An extensive selection of concessions are available.

 

Jesup Drive-In Theater (Jesup)

Jesup Drive-In has been servicing guests on the Georgia coast since 1948. Don’t miss the 1950s-esque car hops – their uniforms will take you back to the "good ol’ days." These high-school students work for tips only, so please be kind.

Double features play Thursday through Sunday. Tickets are $7; kids 4-11 years old are $3. Military, senior and law enforcement officer tickets are $6. Concessions are available; there is a $5 food-permit fee for those bringing their own picnic.

 

Final Note: Most of the drive-in theaters are not making money from the movies they show. It’s the concession stand that drives the opportunity for these historic landmarks to stay in business. Please consider purchasing a hamburger, fries, popcorn or funnel cake while you visit. Even if they take credit cards, cash is always better. Let’s work together to see these family adventure spots are still around for the next generation to enjoy!


Lesli Peterson is Georgia’s official Family Explorer. Find more of her family-friendly tips and trip ideas on ExploreGeorgia.org, and visit 365AtlantaFamily.com for more itineraries and money-saving tips. 

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