Nothing screams summer more than a warm, balmy evening sitting outside watching a movie and munching on candy and popcorn while sitting in your car or on a blanket surrounded by family and friends. The nostalgic days of enjoying a drive-in movie theater close to home are almost over, but a few still remain in Florida to bring that sense of wholesome family entertainment to your summer. So while you’re out and about during your summer road-trippin’, stop off at one or a few of these vintage gems and enjoy summer the way it was meant to be - on the big screen.
Not up for the drive? Keep scrolling to see our list of outdoor movie experiences closer to home that are just as summer-ific.
Joy Lan Drive-in
16414 Highway 301
Dade City, FL 33523
Silver Moon Drive-in
4100 New Tampa Highway
Lakeland, FL 33815
4850 South Pine Avenue
Ocala, FL 34480
Swap Shop Fun Lan Drive-in
2302 E Hillsborough Ave
Tampa, FL 33610
Ruskin Drive-in Theater
5011 Highway 41 North
Ruskin, FL 33572
Four Seasons Resort Orlando - Starstruck Dive-In*
*Please note this event is for resort guests only.
MoviEola – Lake Eola Park, Orlando
MoviEola is a free monthly outdoor movie event on the last Friday of each month from May – August. The evening starts with pre-movie fun at 6 p.m. in Lake Eola Park, followed by the movie at 8:15 p.m. Food and drink are available for purchase, and leashed pets are welcome.
Leu Gardens Movie Night – Harry P. Leu Gardens, Orlando
Popular for date nights, Leu Gardens shows an outdoor movie the first Friday of most months. Most titles are rated PG-13n and geared toward adults - so the children might want to stay home. Outside food and alcohol are permitted, but food trucks and on-site vendors are also available. The gardens open at 6 p.m., with movies usually beginning at 8 p.m.
Popcorn Flicks in the Park – Central Park, Winter Park
Presented in conjunction with the Enzian Theatre, this year-round free monthly event takes place in Central Park and typically highlights classic films.
Cranes Roost Sunset Cinema – Cranes Roost Park, Altamonte Springs
Cranes Roost Sunset Cinema is a free outdoor movie event held in Altamonte Springs and occurring on select Saturdays throughout the summer. Movies are screened on the lawn in front of the Plaza tower.
Food Trucks & Movie in the Park – Bill Breeze Park, Ocoee
At Bill Breeze Park in Ocoee, free family-friendly movies are screened once a month on a Friday evening along with a host of local food trucks. The event kicks off at 6 p.m. and the movie begins at 8:30 p.m.
Family Movie Night – Old Town, Kissimmee
Sunday evenings June – August at Old Town in Kissimmee come down and enjoy family-friendly movies that range from classics to newer releases. Movies are screened in the South Entertainment Area and be sure to bring your own blanket, chair, and munchies!
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