September 27, 2022
Chilton Drive-In Wisconsin Weekend

7 Wisconsin Drive-In Movie Theaters still open for you to catch a flick under the stars this first weekend of Fall!

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.


Stardust Drive-In, Chetek

995 22nd St., Chetek
(715) 458-4587
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!

Friday, September 23rd and Saturday, September 24th, Stardust will have Don’t Worry Darling at 7:45pm followed by Elvis at 10:00pm on Screen One. On Screen Two, they will have See How They Run at 7:45pm followed by Clue (the 1985 version) at 9:30pm.

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, 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.

Wisconsin Thrillers at the drive-in

This weekend (Friday, September 23rd & Saturday, September 24th), Highway 18 will feature Wisconsin Thrillers, a series of horror, sci-fi, and fantasy films – and they say every one is a world premiere!

Films featured include A Good Old Fashioned Witching, Anthesis Necrosis, Bittersweet, Craigs Crazy Crusade, Fire Sale, Ghost Light, Jam-Boree, Leaf, Nature Preserves, New Eden, Painted Smiles, Parish, Prosperity, Soothsayer, Substratum, Missing, The Friendzied, The Last Kernel, The Legend Begins, and The Robotanist.

Admission is $15 per person for this event. Box office opens at 6:00pm Friday and Saturday. Shows start at dusk – approximately 20 minutes after sunset.

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 – but the rest of this season it’s $10/carload. They have regular movie-style concessions as well as homemade pizzas; no carry-ins.

This weekend (Friday the 23rd & Saturday the 24th), Chilton Twilight will show Spider-Man: No Way Home followed by Where the Crawdads Sing. Gates open at 6:30pm. Movie starts at approximately 7:20. Admission $10 per carload for the rest of the season. Enjoy mini golf, ping pong, corn hole and other free games prior to the start of the 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.

Entry gate opens at 6:15pm and closes about 10 minutes after the start of the second show.
For the weekend (Friday the 23rd & Saturday the 24th), Skyway is showing Elvis at 7:00pm followed by Top Gun: Maverick around 9:50pm. They’re open rain or shine!

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
Big Sky Facebook Page

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

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!

It’s down to the final weekend for the season at Big Sky. This weekend, Friday, September 23rd & Saturday, September 24th, Big Sky has Bullet Train followed by Where the Crawdads Sing on Screen One. Screen Two will have Top Gun: Maverick followed by Elvis. First show starts at dusk. Remember, they’re cash only!

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 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 is open select nights for the rest of the season. Here’s the lineup:
Friday, September 23rd: Star Wars: A New Hope at 6:30pm followed by The Lost City at 9:15pm.
Saturday, September 24th: Lightyear at 5:00pm followed by The Princess Bride at 7:30pm and Come Play at 10:30pm.
Sunday, September 25th: DOUBLE FEATURE of Minions: The Rise of Gru followed directly by The Bad Guys. Shows start at 5pm.
Hit their website for more updates!

Goetz’ Sky-Vu Drive-In, Monroe

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

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. They bill themselves as “where the stars come to play at night” and be sure to bring actual bills: they are cash only. Gates open at 6:45 Friday night only, as the season is winding down.

Friday, September 23rd, Sky-Vu will have Minions: The Rise of Gru around 7:30pm followed by Top Gun: Maverick. Gates open at 6:45, previews begin around 7:20. We’re getting verification on whether they’ll be open Saturday night the 24th.

Closed for the Season but still awesome for Spring 2023:

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 Drive-In along U.S. 14 in Richland Center, Wisconsin on June 2, 2022

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.

Starlite 14 is closed for the season, but we’ll look forward to their re-opening in Spring 2023!

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. 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.

Field of Scenes is CLOSED for the season, but they look forward to kicking off their 20th year Memorial Day Weekend 2023!

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.

Moonlight Outdoor is CLOSED for the season, but they’ll be open again in late Spring 2023. You can get showtimes for the movies inside here.

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