As of July 20, outdoor concerts and other forms of live entertainment are banned in Washington for the foreseeable future, until the COVID curve is sufficiently flattened. Drive-in movies, however, are still allowed. Though you should still be safe, wear a mask, and maintain social distancing whenever you go out, if you've got access to a car, there are plenty of places to catch a movie in-person this summer. We've rounded them all up below, from Port Orchard's Rodeo Drive-In to Movies at Marymoor Park.
Drive-In Movies at Paseo
The Caribbean restaurant's Sodo location will screen classic films outdoors for you to watch while enjoying a tasty sandwich and a cocktail. Come early to get a spot to watch from the patio, or park and order takeout to your car. The ticket price includes $30 to spend inside the restaurant and concessions booth.
Lineup: MEXAM NW Festival features: Coco (Sept 17), Como Agua Para Chocolate (Sept 17), Y Tu Mamá También (Sept 19); Beetlejuice (Sept 18)
Shoreline Pop-Up Drive-In Series
Enjoy a summer-long lineup of local short films and older classics from the safety of your car.
Lineup: Short films (June 20), Night of the Living Dead (July 11), Little Shop of Horrors (July 25), short films (Aug 8)
EAST OF SEATTLE
Movies at Marymoor Park
For the last 16 years, Marymoor Park has been one of Seattle's hottest destinations for outdoor movie viewing. While you won't be able to set up on the grass this year, BECU will keep the tradition going by turning to a drive-in model, screening classic flicks on Wednesday and Thursday nights in July and August. Tickets are $25 per carload, and advance reservations are recommended, as events sell out (August movies go on sale Tuesday, July 21 at 5 pm). There will also be food trucks on-site.
Lineup: Back to the Future 2 (July 8), Dirty Dancing (July 9), Jurassic Park (July 15), Grease (July 16), Hidden Figures (July 22), School of Rock (July 23), Knives Out (July 29), Shrek (July 30), Guardians of the Galaxy (Aug 4), The Lion King 1994 (Aug 5), The Sandlot (Aug 6), Moonrise Kingdom (Aug 11), Raiders of the Lost Ark (Aug 12), Footloose 1984 (Aug 13), Men in Black 1997 (Aug 18), Hook (Aug 19), Napoleon Dynamite (Aug 20), Up (Aug 25), 10 Things I Hate About You (Aug 26), The Princess Bride (Aug 27)
Vasa Park Drive-In
Bellevue's Vasa Park Resort has your nostalgic throwbacks on deck on weekends this summer. Purchase tickets in advance and leave your doggos at home.
Lineup: Men In Black (Sept 5), When Harry Met Sally (Sept 19)
NORTH OF SEATTLE
Blue Fox Drive-In Theatre
Ninety miles north of Seattle, this outdoor theater (and go-kart destination) screens family-friendly double features on summer weekends. While they usually accept drive-ups, they're currently operating at a reduced capacity and taking reservations only, and they're asking that guests wear a mask when visiting the snack bar. Outside food is not permitted.
Oak Harbor ($10)
Lineup: Tenet & Lethal Weapon (Sept 11-15), Sonic the Hedgehog & Tenet (Sept 17–22)
Normally you'd be able to watch movies at the Everett Marina from your boat or onshore atop your picnic blanket, but this year has been modified to a drive-in only deal. Park your car in Boxcar Park (is that a song?) every Friday and enjoy free movies and waterfront views—just be sure to register in advance.
Lineup: Midway (July 17), Hitch (July 24), League of Their Own (July 31), The Avengers: End Game (Aug 7), Coco (Aug 14), Grease (Aug 21)
Wheel-In Motor Movie Drive-In
This Port Townsend theater is celebrating its 68th anniversary this summer! Switch to the FM Dolby Digital Stereo in your car and catch classic films like The Graduate every Friday-Sunday, starting at dusk. In keeping with COVID regulations, they're reducing their capacity to 50% and charging a lower-than-usual carload price, which can be purchased online in advance. They also have pizza, hamburgers, nachos, and other snacks available for purchase onsite.
Port Townsend ($15)
Lineup: Smokey and the Bandit & The Fast and the Furious (Sept 11–17), Bill and Ted Face the Music & School of Rock (Sept 18–24)
SOUTH OF SEATTLE
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Hop in your car and head down to Kent every Wednesday-Sunday this summer to see drive-in movies (like The Land Before Time) on a giant LED projector.
Lineup: Coco, Field of Dreams & A Nightmare on Elm Street (Aug 19-23); Men in Black, Space Jam, Grease & Moana (Aug 28-30)
Discover Burien Drive-In
Every Friday and Saturday, catch new and old flicks like Grease, Rocketman, Charlie’s Angels, and A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood at Burien's outdoor cinema. Admission is first-come, first-served, so get there early! Purchases for tickets and concessions are touchless.
Lineup: Grease (July 24), Rocketman (July 25), A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (July 31), Footloose (Aug 1), Sleepless in Seattle (Aug 7), Jurassic Park (Aug 8), A League of Their Own (Aug 14), Charlie's Angels (Aug 15), La La Land (Aug 21), Men in Black (Aug 22), Shrek (Aug 28), Mamma Mia (Aug 29), Ferris Bueller's Day Off (Sept 4), Trolls (Sept 11), Groundhog Day (Sept 18), The Fast and the Furious (Sept 25).
Drive-In Movie At the Fair
Get in your car and watch The Goonies, a notable example of Spielberg-style "old-fashioned adventure" cinema, complete with pirates, treasure, and that signature peril-and-fun-in-equal-parts recipe you've come to love. Donations from this free 35th-anniversary screening at the Washington State Fair's Blue Lot will give any donations to the Puyallup Food Bank.
Lineup: The Goonies (Aug 22)
Night Light Drive-In
As if Vashon wasn't delightful enough of a day trip, it hosts drive-in movies every Wednesday-Sunday night of the season. Purchase your tickets and concessions in advance and catch classics like Forrest Gump and Casablanca from your car.
Lineup: The Big Lebowski & Liar Liar (July 24), Mad Max: Fury Road (July 25), Forrest Gump (July 29 & 31), They Live & Get Out (July 30 & Aug 1), The Goonies (Aug 5 & 7), Casablanca (Aug 6 & 8), Wes Anderson Film Fest (Aug 12-16), Palm Springs (Aug 20-23), Finding Dory (Aug 27), The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (Aug 28), Finding Dory (Aug 29), Jaws (Aug 30), Ferris Bueller's Day Off (Sept 3 & 5), Grease (Sept 4 & 6), Almost Famous (Sept 13), Four Seasons in the Fern Cove Neighborhood (Sept 15), The Wizard of Oz (Sept 17 & 19), Fantastic Fungi (Sept 18 & 20), The Nightmare Before Christmas (Sept 24 & 26), Ghostbusters 1984 (Sept 25 & 27)
For a treat at the end of your road trip to Bremerton, stop by this long-running outdoor theater (which opened in 1949) for screenings of under-the-radar double-features. They have plenty of concessions, like hot dogs, corn dogs, pizza dogs (?), Philly cheesesteaks, and candy for sale onsite. As for tickets, you can buy them online.
Lineup: The Lego Batman Movie & How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (Sept 4-5, 7-9)
Skyline Drive-In Theatre
Stake your claim on Friday-Wednesday double-feature screenings of classic films at this Shelton theater, established in 1964, by reserving a spot online. If you don't have an FM receiver in your car (sound is broadcast on 89.1 FM), you can borrow one from the snack bar. In response to COVID-19, they're limiting capacity to 150 vehicles per showing and asking that cars park at least 10 feet away from each other.
Lineup: Happy Gilmore & Billy Madison (Sept 11–17)