May 26, 2024
Wisconsin Weekend: Starlite 14 Drive-In in Richland Center, Wisconsin

A guide to 10 Wisconsin Drive-In Movie Theaters – all are open now -with Memorial Day Weekend listings!

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 OPEN Friday & Saturday, May 24th & 25th: Garfield followed by IF
Friday & Saturday, May 31st & June 1st and June 7th & 8th: Garfield followed by Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire
Friday & Saturday, June 14th/15th, 21st/22nd, and 28th/29th: Inside Out 2 followed by a to-be-announced Disney movie

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 ALL Memorial Day Weekend, Friday – Monday. They’re showing IF around 8:40pm followed by Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire around 10:35pm. Gates open around 7:45.

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.

It’s OPENING WEEKEND at the Chilton Twilight! Friday, May 24th, Saturday, May 25th, AND Sunday, May 26th they’ll be showing Kung Fu Panda 4 followed by Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire. Movies starts around 8:45, roughly dusk.
Starting May 31st, they’ll be showing IF followed by Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire.
Family Fun Passes for 2024 are available to purchase now. $35 for a carload admission, 1 large popcorn, 2 large sodas, and 14″ pizza (up to $60 value.) You can purchase online through their store tab here.

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 Friday-Sunday evenings for Memorial Day Weekend! So, Friday, May 24th through Sunday, May 26th they’ll feature:
On Screen 1: The Garfield Movie followed by Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire
On Screen 2: Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga followed by Godzilla x Kong: A New Empire
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?
Admission to the grounds begins at 6:30pm Wednesday, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, 7:30 pm 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.

Highway 18 Outdoor is OPEN and all this holiday weekend (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday May 24th-26th) as well as next weekend May 31st & June 1st, Highway 18 is showing The Garfield Movie 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 Thursday ONLY this weekend as the Milwaukee Milkmen are in town Friday-Sunday. They’ll be open all weekend next weekend. Here’s the upcoming lineup:
Thursday, May 23rd: DOUBLE FEATURE: The Goonies followed by Jaws, movies start at 6:30pm
Thursday, May 30th: DOUBLE FEATURE: Grease followed by Dirty Dancing, movies start at 6:30pm
Friday, May 31st: Jurassic Park at 6:30pm followed by Mission Impossible: Dead Reckoning at 9:15pm
Saturday, June 1st: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem at 5pm followed by The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes at 7:15pm and then Imaginary for the late feature starting at 10:30pm
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 has its SEASON OPENING this weekend! They’ll be open for movies Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evening.
On Screen 1: Kung Fu Panda at 8:45pm followed by The Fall Guy at 10:30pm
On Screen 2: Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga at 8:45pm followed by Godzilla x Kong: A New Empire at 11:45pm

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 now OPEN for the season! For Memorial Day Weekend, they’re open Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
They’re showing The Garfield Movie around 8:45pm followed by Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire. Gates open at 7:30 Friday-Sunday. Admission is $11 for adults, $6 for kids.
Looking ahead, Sky-Vu will be showing Inside Out 2 starting June 14th and Despicable Me 4 starting July 5th. 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 back open now that we’re into Memorial Day weekend! Friday & Saturday May 24th & 25th as well as May 31st & June 1st, they’re showing The Garfield Movie followed by Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire.

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 OPENS Friday night May 24th for the season! They’ll be showing Star Wars Episode 1: Phantom Menace – a 25th anniversary re-release – starting at 9pm Friday, Saturday, and Sunday WITH $6 PRICING for everyone!
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 – all are open now -with Memorial Day Weekend listings!

  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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