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Drive-in movie theaters in Philadelphia, South Jersey and Delaware

A drive-in movie is classic family fun, and luckily, there are still theaters left in the Philadelphia, southern New Jersey and Delaware areas.

Next time you take in a flick, hop in the car, roll past the multiplex and pull in to a drive-in movie theater for a first-run double feature. Keep in mind, there aren’t many drive-ins left. You may have a bit of a ride, but the excitement of a unique night out should keep the kids happy.  

Delsea Drive-In Theatre, Vineland, NJ

About a 45-minute drive from Philadelphia or Camden, the Delsea Drive-In is New Jersey’s only drive-in movie theater. The cost for a double feature is $4-$9 per person (ages 3 & younger are free). The theater doubles as a take-out restaurant with dinner, snack and dessert options. If you choose to bring your own food, it’ll cost you $10 per car (it’s expensive to run a drive-in). In the summer, the theater is open Wed.-Sun.


Shankweiler’s Drive-In Theatre, Orefield, PA

Located about 45 minutes to an hour north of Montgomery County, Shankweiler’s Drive-In is the oldest in the country. A double feature runs $5-$9 per person (ages 2 & younger are free). In the summer, the theater shows movies nightly. 

Clayton Theatre, Dagsboro, DE

Although there are no drive-in theaters left in the First State, you can catch a movie at the historic Clayton Theatre, Delaware’s only remaining single-screen theater, which opened in 1949. About an hour south of Dover, it’s a great vintage destination during a shore vacation. In going, you’ll lend a hand in preserving this landmark — the theater is on a fundraising mission to purchase a digital projection system it needs to stay open.

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