A summer night, filled with the smell of popcorn and the brightness only the big screen can bring, is always well spent at an outdoor theater. For those of us wary of COVID-19’s Delta variant, or for those of us who strictly want to spend as much time out of doors as possible before the weather turns chilly, drive-ins are a fantastic solution for evening entertainment. To cut down on your search time, here are six Metro area outdoor theaters where you can grab tickets now.
The Film Lab isn’t a fully outdoor theater, but it offers the option in a futuristic and neighborhood-friendly manner. This theater is a micro-theater that shows interesting, thought-provoking, and unique films, as well as locally curated media and short films. The Film Lab is located in Hamtramck, and its outdoor patio space, complete with a big screen and personal headphones for each viewer to minimize neighborhood disruption, is tucked just off of Holbrook Ave. Craft Cocktails as well as a few light snacks, including popcorn, of course, are available to order both indoors and out during film showings. Check out The Film Lab’s upcoming schedule!
You can find The Film Lab at: 3105 Holbrook Ave, Hamtramck, MI 48212
From the murky vibes of Dark Night to classics like The Matrix to favorites of all ages like Shrek, the Macomb County Drive-in has an excellent lineup for the rest of their showing season. This drive-in shows its films on a large, LED screen, ensuring quality viewing for all individuals. Cost is established per car, and food trucks serving family-friendly cuisine are on-site for anyone coming with an appetite. Check out the Macomb County Drive-in schedule for this week on their website.
You can find Macomb County Drive-in at: Freedom Hill County Park 14900 Metro Parkway, Sterling Heights, Mi
A favorite for many west-side Detroiters, this Dearborn drive-in has five screens, most of which show double features. A few current films showing range from Black Widow, to Don’t Breathe 2, and even includes daily showings of the new film covering Aretha Franklin’s life story, Respect. Tickets for the Ford theater are charged by head, and concessions are offered in the middle of the park. Make sure to check out their schedule so you don’t miss a great double feature!
You can find Ford Drive-in at: 10400 Ford Rd, Dearborn, MI. 48126.
This summer drive-in won’t be open much longer, but until September 5th, the USA Hockey Arena is offering nightly drive-in options for viewing. Located in Plymouth, this theater is offering tickets to movies like Jungle Cruise, Suicide Squad, and even Space Jam: A New Legacy. Concessions are also available, accessible by all three of the drive-in’s theaters. Check out this week’s schedule as well as a sneak peek of next week’s on the Arena’s site!
You can find The Summer Drive-in at: USA Hockey Arena, 14900 Beck Rd, Plymouth, MI. 48170
Though not an outdoor location, Cinema Detroit offers numerous titles via an online portal, allowing viewing from any location. It creates the perfect opportunity to enjoy a film in your own backyard, serve only your favorite snacks, and of course, have access to a private restroom. What more could one want? Cinema Detroit has a well-curated list of independent films, new releases, noir films, women-directed, and more. Check out their full list of available films on their site, Cinema Detroit Marquee!
You can find Cinema Detroit’s Brick and Mortar at: 4126 3rd Ave, Detroit, MI 48201
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