The pandemic has forced movie theaters around the world to shut their doors, leaving audiences confined mostly to their couches. However, moviegoers in North Carolina do have another much safer option to catch a film–drive-in theaters.
The Tar Heel State is home to a number of drive-in theaters. Scattered throughout the state, these theaters make it easy to socially-distance in the open air while taking in the latest blockbuster or retro favorite.
Here is a list of some of the most popular drive-in theaters in North Carolina.
One of the newest drive-in theaters in North Carolina, Hound’s Drive-In is located about 40 minutes west of Charlotte in King’s Mountain. The outdoor theater accompanies a campground owned by the same people.
Hound’s Drive-In recently added a third screen and has other events like concerts as well. Their website is the best bet for tickets and schedules.
Badin Road Drive-In
After the Badin Road Drive-In first opened in 1948, it ran until it closed during the 1980s. Through a revitalization effort, it was re-opened in 1994.
Located in Albermarle, this North Carolina drive-in theater is just about an hour east of Charlotte. It features two screens. Check the theater’s Facebook page for more updates.
Raleigh Road Outdoor Theatre
Located in Henderson about an hour from the Triangle, Raleigh Road Outdoor Theatre opened in 1949.
They do allow dogs but they do not allow outside food and beverages. Interestingly, they grant free admission to anyone driving a classic car to the theater.
Food Truck Flix
Located in The Frontier in RTP, Food Truck Flix is a collaboration by a team of food trucks in the Triangle. Guests pay for a parking pass and can accompany their movie with a rotating selection of food trucks.
Food Truck Flix hosts both a movie schedule and a food truck schedule on its website.
Eden Drive-In Theater
The Eden Drive-in has been operating continuously since it opened in 1949. Located about 45 minutes from Greensboro, this theater has one screen and can accommodate 200 cars.
Audio for the movies is provided through an FM broadcast. It is open seasonally, beginning in March. Check their Facebook for updates and schedules.
The Drive at Winston-Salem Fairgrounds
The Drive at Winston-Salem Fairgrounds bills itself as a safe, family-friendly drive-in entertainment venue. It’s located on the midway of the Winston-Salem Fairgrounds. In addition to movies, the venue hosts live sports and other entertainment.
This North Carolina drive-in theater boasts large, well-spaced parking spots and fairground concessions delivered to your vehicle. The Drive uses an HD digital projector and plays audio over FM airwaves so you can tune in with your car’s stereo. See their schedule and buy tickets on their website.
Located on Peters Creek Parkway in Winston-Salem, Marketplace Cinemas offers a slightly different vibe than the other theaters on this list. In addition to first-run films, the theater also serves up some indie and local cinema options from time-to-time.