Rediscover The Drive-In Movie Experience

Drive-in movie theaters are making a comeback!

There is a generation that has never visited a drive-in movie theater. If you haven’t been to a drive-in, there is still time to visit one this summer.   No speaker rentals, phone or tablet needed as most drive-ins now transmit sound through your car’s FM radio.

Plan to arrive early, secure your parking spot, turn your vehicle headlights off, then enjoy the pre-show vibe outdoors.  

Hang out and visit with other movie goers while you await movie time.  Kids can be seen and heard running around playing before dusk.  A great reminder of when we spent more time outdoors.

One difference you may notice from the old days, is you may see cars parked the wrong way for watching from the back of an SUV or truck instead of from the front seat.  If you are wanting to watch the movie from the back of your vehicle, you can bring a bluetooth speaker to sync to your car stereo system.

Grab your blanket, frisbee, soccer ball, bug spray and lawn chairs and plan to leave your car running to prevent the car battery from dying.  Watch from a lawn chair or from your vehicle, but either way get out and experience something nostalgic.  

Here are four drive-in cinemas near Nashville that you may want to visit for a family night out:

1.  Hi-Way 50 Drive-In

1584 Fayetteville Highway, Lewisburg, Tennessee 931-298-9463

Adults (12+): $7 Children (6-11): $5 Children (under 5): Free

Gates open at 6 p.m.  First movie begins at dusk. Cash and Credit Cards accepted at gate and concession stand.  Leashed pets welcome.  Outside food prohibited without a $6 food voucher, per vehicle.  Offers double features.

2.  The Moonlite

931 W. Main Street, Woodbury, Tennessee 615-563-7900

Adults: $8 Children (5+): $6 Children (under 5): Free

Gates open at 6 p.m.  Movies start at dusk.  Cash and Credit Cards accepted.  Pets welcome. Outside food and drinks prohibited without an $8 food pass, per vehicle.  Offers double features.

3.  Pink Cadillac

2506 TN-100, Centerville, Tennessee 931-729-2386

Adults: $9 Children (12 and under): Free

Gates open at 7 p.m.  Movie starts at 7:55 p.m.  Cash only accepted at the gate/box office.  Cash and Credit Cards accepted at the concession stand.  Outside food prohibited. 

4.  Stardust

310 Purple Tiger Drive, Watertown, Tennessee 615-237-0077

Adults: $8.50 Children (6-11): $6.50 Children (under 5): Free

Open Friday, Saturday and Sunday from March through November.  Open seven days a week from Memorial Day weekend until mid-August.  Gates open 1 1/2 to 2 hours before movie start time.  Movies start at dusk.  Outside food and beverages prohibited without a $6 food and beverage permit.  Leashed pets welcome.  Offers double features. Cash and Credit Cards accepted at box office (ticket booth) and concession stand.

COMING SOON: August Moon Drive-In

The East Nashville venue which will be very similar to the one opening in Pigeon Forge, is still in the works and will be located on James Robertson Parkway.


Celebrating 4th of July

Happy 4th of July Middle Tennessee!

The annual Franklin on the Fourth free, patriotic festival presented by the Franklin Lion’s Club will begin at 10 a.m. in historic downtown Franklin.  The celebration of freedom event will include music, food and craft vendors, kid’s zone, antique cars, petting zoo and children’s parade.  Franklin on the Fourth will conclude at 8 p.m. to allow ample time to get to the fireworks display at The Park at Harlinsdale Farm.  Live music at Harlinsdale Farm begins at 6 p.m.  The fireworks display put on by the city of Franklin and its sponsors begins at approximately 9 p.m.

Over 200,000 people are expected to attend the Nashville “Let Freedom Sing!” 4th of July celebration event that includes music, food trucks and a family fun zone with inflatables, water slides and climbing walls.  For security purposes, entry points are limited to Second, Third, Fourth and Fifth Avenues at Demonbreun and Commerce.  The event begins at noon with music at the Broadway Stage.  Grammy Award-winning country group Lady Antebellum will headline a free concert before the fireworks display.  The Ascend Amphitheater doors open at 4 p.m. and the fireworks show starts at approximately 9:30 p.m.

Places where you can watch the Nashville fireworks that are free include: Lower Broadway, The Green at Riverfront Park and Music City Walk of Fame Park.  There are also many rooftop watch parties at various bars in the downtown area.

How are you planning to celebrate this year?