June 25, 2024
Wisconsin Weekend: Starlite 14 Drive-In in Richland Center, Wisconsin

A guide to 10 Wisconsin Drive-In Movie Theaters with listings for this June (officially Summer) Weekend!

Hitting the open road is always awesome – but so is the time-honored tradition of watching a movie at the drive-in. A staple of the 1950s into the 1970s, drive-in movie theaters have fallen on hard times over the last few decades, but these places continue to offer the experience, with updates. Some are older and traditional, some are newer “pop-ups”; all provide a fun experience in the great Wisconsin outdoors… from in your vehicle. And ALL of these are now open for the season!

Starlite 14 Drive-In, Richland Center

U.S. Highway 14 East
Richland Center, WI 53581
(608) 647-3669
Starlite 14 Facebook Page

The Starlite is truly an original classic, having started in 1953. Like many “old school” drive-ins, it fell on hard times for quite a while and even shut down for quite a few years. But new owners bought it, refurbished it, modernized the sound system, did a deep clean, and it’s seen quite a resurrection since starting back up in 2020. The old metal stands holding the speakers are gone, and now a low power FM signal gives viewers in their cars the sound they need for the movies they watch on the 60′ x 38′ screen. Admission is $10 for adults, Kids 3-12 are $5. Tickets are sold at the gate. Carry-ins are not allowed!
You’ll find the Starlite 14 right along its namesake, U.S. 14, on the south side of Richland Center.

Wisconsin Weekend: Starlite 14 Drive-In in Richland Center, Wisconsin

Starlite 14 is not only open, they’ve posted their schedule for the rest of the season! Here it is:
Friday & Saturday, June 21st/22nd: Inside Out 2 followed by Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes
Friday & Saturday, June 28th/29th: Inside Out 2 followed by Bad Boys 4
Wednesday, July 3rd: single feature of Despicable Me 4
Friday & Saturday, July 5th/6th: Despicable Me 4 followed by Jaws
Sunday, July 7th (Classic Night!): Smokey and the Bandit
Friday & Saturday, July 12th/13th: Despicable Me 4 followed by Back to the Future
Sunday, July 14th (Classic Night!): Rollercoaster
Friday & Saturday, July 19th/20th: Despicable Me 4 followed by E.T.
Sunday, July 21st (Classic Night!): Long Long Trailer
Friday & Saturday, July 26th/27th: Deadpool 3
Sunday, July 28th: Happy Gilmore
Saturday, August 3rd: Deadpool 3
Saturday, August 10th: Deadpool 3
Sunday, August 11th: Stripes
Saturday, August 17th: Twisters (UTVs get in for $5/person!)
Saturday, August 24th: Twisters (UTVs get in for $5/person!)
Friday & Saturday, August 30th/31st: Inside Out 2 followed by Deadpool
Saturday, September 21st: Beetlejuice 2, with a to-be-announced movie to follow
Saturday, September 28th: Beetlejuice 2, with a to-be-announced movie to follow
Saturday, October 19th: Hocus Pocus
Saturday, November 9th: Polar Express
Saturday, December 2nd: Elf

Skyway Drive-In Theater, Fish Creek

3475 State Highway 42, Fish Creek
(920) 854-9938
Skyway Drive-In Facebook Page

The Skyway, right along good ol’ Highway 42, is Door County’s classic drive-in. It opened back in 1950 and has hung on ever since, keeping up the quality and offering radio for audio reception (100.5 FM or 530 AM) as well as some remaining classic speakers for your car in the first four rows. Pets are welcome, as long as they behave – but I suspect that goes for humans, too. Tickets are $9.50 for people 12 and up, $5.50 for kids ages 5-11, kids 4 and younger are free. Bring cash (they don’t take cards, either) for the movies and the concession stand, where they offer all the basics along with some fun stuff like foot-long hot dogs and ice cream novelties.

Skyway Drive-In is showing Inside Out 2 around 9:00pm followed by Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes around 10:45pm through Thursday, June 27th. Gates open around 8:00.

Skyway Drive-In, along Highway 42 in Door County

Chilton Twilight Drive-In Theater in Chilton, Wisconsin, just off U.S. 151 and Highways 32 and 57.

Chilton Twilight Outdoor Theater, Chilton

1255 E. Chestnut Street (Highways 32/57), Chilton
(920) 849-9565
Chilton Twilight Outdoor Theater Facebook Page

A 2012 addition to the state’s drive-in lineup, the Chilton Twilight Outdoor Theater is usually open Wednesdays through Sundays (weather permitting, of course) for double features. They also offer a mini-golf course. They’re located right along Highways 32/57 on the south side of Chilton, not far from their junction with U.S. 151. Admission is normally $6 for adults, $4 for kids 11 and under. They have regular movie-style concessions as well as homemade pizzas; no carry-ins.

The Chilton Twilight shows movies Wednesdays through the weekend.
Wednesday & Thursday, June 19th/20th: Inside Out 2 starting around 9:10pm
Friday/Saturday, June 21st/22nd: Inside Out 2 followed by Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes starting around 9:10pm
Sunday June 23rd: Inside Out 2 (single feature) starting at 9:10pm
Only $10 per carload for the single feature on Sundays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays!

Big Sky Twin Drive-In, Wisconsin Dells

N9199 Winnebago Rd (corner of Highways 16 & 127), Wisconsin Dells
(608) 254-8025
Big Sky Facebook Page

The Big Sky is located just southeast of Wisconsin Dells, right where Highways 16 and 127 meet up. Two full-sized screens play 2-for-1 first-run feature films. It opens at 7:30 pm and movies begin around dusk. Well-behaved pets are welcomed. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for kids under 11. Two other things of note: 1) Bring cash, because The Big Sky does not take credit or debit cards; and 2) Bring lots of cash, because you’ll probably want to try their famous Big Mamaburger, the featured culinary delight from their concession stand!

Entrance to the Big Sky Drive-In, along Highway 16 outside Wisconsin Dells

Big Sky is OPEN NIGHTLY right now! Through Thursday, June 27th they’ll feature:
On Screen 1: Inside Out 2 followed by Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire
On Screen 2: The Watchers followed by Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga
Gates open at 7:30pm, first show starts at dusk

Highway 18 Outdoor Drive-In sign, along U.S. 18 west of Jefferson

Highway 18 Outdoor Theater, Jefferson

W6423 US Highway 18 (and Highway 89), Jefferson
(920) 674-6700

Billing itself as “Wisconsin’s First Digital Cinema Drive-In,” the Highway 18 Outdoor lets you in for $10 for adults, $6 for children ages 5-11 and children 4 and under are admitted free. Unlike several of these drive-ins, the Highway 18 Outdoor does accept credit cards. No checks… but who writes checks to get into the movies now?
For audio, you have the choice of the old-school speakers or listening on a low power FM station. The neon retro sign beckons you in, right along U.S. 18 and Highway 89, just west of Highway 26 bypass of Jefferson.

Highway 18 Outdoor is OPEN and all this weekend (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday June 21st-23rd) Highway 18 is showing Inside Out 2 followed by Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire. Box office opens at 7pm Fridays & Saturdays, 8pm on Sundays. Shows start at dusk, approximately 20 minutes after sunset.

Wisconsin Drive-In movies: The Milky Way, Franklin

The Milky Way Drive-In, Franklin

7035 S. Ballpark Drive., Franklin
(414) 529-7676

Just off Highway 36 in the southern Milwaukee suburb of Franklin, The Milky Way is a “pop-up” drive-in, showing movies in the parking lot of the stadium where the relatively new Northwoods League baseball team, the Milwaukee Milkmen, play. This drive-in hotspot, which opened in 2020, costs $35 per vehicle per movie, bring however many people you want in the vehicle. Carhops can deliver food and beverages from the food trucks around, as well as the concession stands that would normally serve baseball fans. An app will allow you to order food and drinks, as well as listen to the movie’s audio (outdoor speakers and an FM station option also provide the sound.)

The Milky Way is open when the MIlwaukee Milkmen are away for games. Here’s the upcoming lineup:
Friday, July 5th: Star Wars: A New Hope at 6:30pm followed by Godzilla x Kong: A New Empire at 9:15pm
Saturday, July 6th: Kung Fu Panda 4 at 5pm followed by Dune: Part Two at 7pm and Scream VI at 10:15pm
Sunday, July 7th: DOUBLE FEATURE: Cars followed by Toy Story, it starts at 5pm
Hit their website for more updates as they get posted!

Stardust Drive-In, Chetek

995 22nd St., Chetek
(715) 458-4587
Stardust Drive-In Facebook Page

The Stardust two-screen drive-in in Chetek bills itself as the “last remaining Drive-In Theater in northern Wisconsin.” And depending on where you consider northern Wisconsin to begin, they may be right. One screen usually leans towards family-friendly fare and the more adult-oriented movies, like horror thrillers and the like, play on the other screen. Gates open at 6:30pm and movies typically start around sunset. Ticket prices are $8.50 for adults (13 and up) and $4.50 for children, ages 5-12. The Orbit is a playground and train ride area for kids. It’s a very cool layout and the snack bar is pretty sweet, too!

The Stardust Drive-In outside Chetek has an eye-catching entrance

Stardust is open Friday, Saturday. and Sunday. Gates open at 6:30.
For Friday – Sunday, June 21st-23rd:
On Screen 1: Inside Out 2 at 8:45pm followed by Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes at 10:30pm
On Screen 2: The Garfield Movie at 8:45pm followed by Bad Boys: Ride or Die at 10:40pm

Goetz’ Sky-Vu Drive-In, Monroe

N1936 Wisconsin Highway 69, Monroe
(608) 325-4545

Just south of Monroe on Highway 69, you’ll find the Sky-Vu, a sister theater for the Goetz in downtown Monroe. The Sky-Vu has weathered all kinds of conditions since 1954 and is now in its 67th season. They’ve been fully digital since 2012. They bill themselves as “where the stars come to play at night” and be sure to bring actual bills: they are cash only.

Goetz’ Sky-Vu is OPEN Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. June 21st-23rd, they’re showing Inside Out 2 around 9:05pm followed by The Garfield Movie. Gates open at 7:35 Friday & Saturday, 8:00 on Sunday. Admission is $11 for adults, $6 for kids.
Looking ahead, Sky-Vu will be showing Despicable Me 4 starting July 5th, Twister starting July 19th, and Deadpool & wolverine starting August 2nd. More updates as they become available, you can always check their site for details!

Goetz' Sky-Vu Drive-In, along Highway 69 south of Monroe, Wisconsin

Field of Scenes Outdoor Theater, Freedom

N3712 Wisconsin Highway 55, Freedom
(920) 489-3600
Field of Scenes Facebook Page

Field of Scenes Drive-In Movie Theater, in Freedom along Highway 55.

Big on puns but believing if they built it, they would come, Field of Scenes opened in 2003 right along Highway 55 in Freedom, just north of Kaukauna and I-41. Now celebrating its 20th year, Field of Scenes features two screens and double features; tickets are $8 for adults and $4 for kids 11 and under. Also, Field of Scenes offers two playgrounds, a basketball court and a volleyball court to keep kids occupied before the movies start. Tickets cannot be purchased in advance; they must be purchased at the gate. Adult admission is $8, Children 4-11 are $4, and Children 3 and under are free. Ticket prices include a double feature.

Field of Scenes is open Thursday, Friday & Saturday June 20th-22nd; they’re showing Inside Out 2 followed by Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes.

Moonlight Outdoor Theater, Shawano

1494 E. Green Bay St (Highway 22 & Business Highway 29)., Shawano
(715) 524-3636
Shawano Cinema & Moonlight Outdoor Theater Facebook Page

“Moonlight” is the name for the retro-style outdoor movies shown at the Shawano Cinema, which offers indoor movies all year ’round and the drive-in option when weather permits, and right now most of the time, it permits. Tickets are a great deal for a double feature, $8 for adults and $3 for kids. The Moonlight Outdoor Theater sometimes offers double-features Thursday through Sunday, in season. Movies generally start a little after dusk.

The Shawano Moonlight Outdoor is OPEN Friday June 7th and continuing nightly.
Wednesday, June 19th: The Watchers at 9:15pm
Thursday, June 20th: Bad Boys: Ride Or Die at 9:15pm
Friday, June 21st: The Strangers: Chapter One at 9:20pm
Saturday, June 22nd: The Strangers: Chapter One at 9:20pm
Sunday, June 23rd: The Strangers: Chapter One at 9:20pm
Monday, June 24th: Bad Boys: Ride Or Die at 9:20pm
You can also get showtimes for the movies inside here.

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10 thoughts on “A guide to 10 Wisconsin Drive-In Movie Theaters with listings for this June (officially Summer) Weekend!

  1. Love this guide to Wisconsin’s drive-in movie theaters! As a long-time fan of this classic movie-going experience, it’s great to see a comprehensive list of options in one place. Can’t wait to try out some new ones this summer!

  2. Love this guide to Wisconsin drive-in movie theaters! As a recent transplant to the state, I’m excited to try out some of these hidden gems. The nostalgia alone is worth it

  3. Love this guide to Wisconsin drive-in movie theaters! As a lifelong resident of the state, it’s great to see such a comprehensive list of options. Can’t wait to try out a few new ones this summer

  4. “Wow, what a fantastic resource for drive-in movie lovers in Wisconsin! I absolutely love the nostalgic charm and unique experience of watching movies under the stars in the comfort of my own car. Your comprehensive list is a true gem, filled with useful information and recommendations. I can’t wait to load up the snacks, grab some friends, and hit the road to explore these drive-in theaters. Thank you for curating such a wonderful collection of nostalgic fun! Keep up the great work!
    Best regards,
    Gary Ford”

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