December 3, 2021
Starlite 14, one of the Wisconsin drive-ins showing movies outdoors. This is along U.S. 14 in Richland Center, Wisconsin

A guide to Wisconsin Drive-In Movie Theaters – including one still showing outdoor flicks (a double feature, no less) this December 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.
YES, it’s November. But YES, ONE venue is still open and showing movies on these crisp, cool weekends! Check them all out here:


Starlite 14 Drive-In, Richland Center

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

Starlite 14, one of Wisconsin's drive-in movie theaters. This one is along U.S. Highway 14 in Richland Center.

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 with this “COVID era,” it’s seen quite a resurrection, starting back up last July. 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.

The Starlite complements its movie selections with occasional car shows, private events, and streams of live concerts. And they’re continuing LATE into the season! This Friday the 3rd and Saturday the 4th, they are showing a double feature of The Grinch followed by It’s A Wonderful Life. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for kids 3-12. Gates will open at 5pm, movie will begin around 6pm. Full concessions will be available, no carry-ins. Pets are welcome if leashed and cleaned up after.

Starlite has also posted this (tentative) future movie…
December 10th – 11th: Double feature of A Christmas Story followed by White Christmas


And here are 10+ other Wisconsin drive-in venues we look forward to road tripping to in 2022!


Wisconsin Drive-In movies: The Milky Way, Franklin

The Milky Way Drive-In, Franklin

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

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 new drive-in hotspot costs $35 per vehicle per movie, bring however many people you want in the vehicle. Carhops can deiver 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 will re-open in spring 2022. Hit their website for updates!


Goetz’ Sky-Vu Drive-In, Monroe

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

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

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 66th season. They’ve been fully digital since 2012, the concession stand is open, and they’re welcoming cash-paying guests – they don’t take cards either – for the rest of the season. They bill themselves as “where the stars come to play at night”; gates open at 6:45 this weekend.

Goetz’ Sky-Vu has now closed for the season. They will return in May 2022!


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
getreelcinemas.com/chilton-drive-in/
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 $6 for adults, $4 for kids 11 and under. They have regular movie-style concessions as well as homemade pizzas.

The Chilton Twilight has now closed for the season. We’ll look forward to seeing them again in April 2022!


Stardust Drive-In, Chetek

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

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

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 cool weather has finally caused Stardust to shut ‘er down for the season. They’ll be back open in spring!



Skyway Drive-In Theater, Fish Creek

3475 State Highway 42, Fish Creek
(920) 854-9938
doorcountydrivein.com
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.

Looks like Skyway is closed for the season; they’ll be open again in May, 2022.

Skyway Drive-In, along Highway 42 in Door County

Big Sky Twin Drive-In, Wisconsin Dells

N9199 Winnebago Rd (corner of Highways 16 & 127), Wisconsin Dells
(608) 254-8025
bigskydrivein.com
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 7:30pm 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

Friday, September 24th and Saturday, September 25th was the last weekend of the season. We look forward to seeing them in spring 2022!


Moonlight Outdoor Theater, Shawano

1494 E. Green Bay St (Highway 22 & Business Highway 29)., Shawano
(715) 524-3636
shawanocinema.com
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 typically offers double-features Thursday through Sunday, in season. Movies generally start a little after dusk, currently around 8:15pm.

Sadly, The Moonlight Outdoor is closed for the season, but you can get showtimes for the movies inside here.


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

Field of Scenes Outdoor Theater, Freedom

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

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. and having opened in 2003, 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.

Unfortunately, Field of Scenes is now closed for the season, but we’ll look forward to movies there in 2022!


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
highway18.com

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?
Admission to the grounds begins at 6:30pm Fridays and Saturdays, 8pm Sundays. 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.

The Highway 18 Outdoor is now closed for the season. They will reopen in Spring, 2022.




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