The Best Austin Drive-in Movie Theaters

There is something about a drive-in movie theater experience that far surpasses today’s traditional movie theaters. Back in the day, it was always so exciting to go to the drive-in as a kid; you knew you were going to stay up late and get to eat some yummy snacks. Now you can share that experience with your kids. Check out this list we have put together and discover some of the most popular drive-in theaters around Austin!

Blue Starlite Mini Urban Drive-In

Address: 2015 E M Franklin Ave Austin, TX 78723
Phone: (512) 850-6127

Blue Starlite Drive-in is the world’s first and only mini urban drive-in, where indie films, cult classics, and childhood favorites are the king of the big screen. This is not your typical sizeable drive-in theater; here, you will find an intimate experience with an Austin vibe with only 15 – 20 car spaces. A full food menu is available from Radical Food and basic movie snacks, and if you like, you can bring your food. www.bluestarlitedrivein.com

Doc’s Drive-In Theatre

Address: 1510 Satterwhite Rd Buda, TX 78610
Phone: (512) 960-4460

Located south of Austin, you’ll find Doc’s Drive-In Theatre. This Retro-style drive-in movie offers two large screens, great food, and drinks. There are even mini-homes on-site for overnight stays to take your drive-in theater experience to another level. www.docsdriveintheatre.com

The Ultimate Drive-In

Address: 1600 S Pleasant Valley Rd Austin, TX 78741
Phone: (512) 575-8000

Located in the heart of Austin, you will find The Ultimate Drive-In. Get ready to watch some movie favorites on one of the largest inflatable screens in the Metroplex. Concessions are available and can be purchased from your phone and will be delivered to your car. The Ultimate Drive-In also allows pets, so bring your family dog with you to enjoy the movie! www.theultimatedrivein.com

Blue Starlite Round Rock

Address: 800 Harrell Pkwy Round Rock, TX 78665

Enjoy a movie under the Texas stars at Blue Starlite Round Rock, located in Old Settlers Park. Prepurchased tickets are the best way to guarantee a spot, but there are usually a few extra car slots available if you show up. Close enough to walk or ride your bike to the movies? Great, bring your chairs or blanket and enjoy the designated area in front of the screen. For current films and times, check out their website. www.bluestarlitedrivein.com/round-rock

The Globe Drive-In Movie Theater

Address: 8017 Cele Road, Pflugerville, TX 78653
Phone: (512) 766-4642

The Globe Drive-in is an intimate drive-in theater located in Pflugerville, Texas, showing cult classics & family-friendly favorites. Pre-packaged options are available for purchase from our Concession stand, but patrons can bring their favorite snacks and beverages. For the latest films and times visit their website. www.theglobedrivein.com

Dripping Springs Drive-In Cinema

Address: 23455 RM150, Dripping Springs, TX 78620
Phone: (512) 394-4264

Escape the city lights and enjoy a night under the stars at this mini drive-in theater nestled in the texas hill country just right outside of Dripping Springs on ten acres of land. Concessions stand food, pizza from Danielle’s Pizzas, and adult beverages from Twisted X are available for purchase. Picnic-style seating is now open so bring your camping chairs and blankets to see the big screen up-close. Check out their website for current movies and showtimes. www.drippingspringsdrivein.com

So if you’re ready for a different kind of movie experience grab the family and head on out to some of these local drive-ins. And while you’re heading there you can tell your kids that Drive-Ins have been around since the 1930s.