Drive-In Movie Theaters in Wisconsin

The drive-in movie theatre first became an attraction in 1933; it was run by its inventor Richard Hollingshead in New Jersey, as a test in his own backyard. Within six years, eighteen theatres had popped up along the East Coast and began to filter into the southern and western states. The baby boom in the late 1940s fueled the popularity of the attraction, and became most popular during the 1950s. Many theaters began to feature pony rides, animal shows, miniature golf, and trains as additional entertainment. The car hops were another popular activity, and food sales and service became a quick addition to the many drive-in theaters. For more historical information, visit the offical drive in theater site at

In Wisconsin, you can take part in this classic tradition! Today, there are ten drive-in theatres still in operation. Over thirty other locations have closed down and are no longer operating, as the trend and need has declined over the last few decades. However, the following are available during seasonal months. These are dispersed throughout the state, with the majority in the southwest region of Wisconsin. Here are the names and contact information for showtimes to plan your next night out! Many have low-cost double feature packages available, so plan to spend more than just one show time on your visit.

� Gemini Drive In Theatre
(715) 874-5101
Rr 2, Eau Claire, WI 54703

� Forty-One Twins Outdoor THTR
(414) 761-0051
7701 South 27th Street, Hales Corners, WI 53132

� Starlite Drive-In Theater
15 Hwy. 14 East Richland Center ,WI 53581

� 18 Outdoor Theatre
(920) 674-6700
U.S. 18 and Hwy 89, Jefferson, WI

� Keno Outdoor Theater
Sheridan Rd, (Hwy 32) and 89th st, Kenosha, WI

� Sky-Vu Drive-In Theatre
(608) 325-4200
N1936 State Road 69, Monroe, WI 53566

� Moonlight Outdoor Theater
(715) 524-3636
Hwy 22 Shawano, WI

� Skyway Drive-In Theater
(414) 854-9938
3475 State Highway 42, Sister Bay, WI 54234

� Sky-Vue Drive-In
(877) 998-0999
Hwy 29E and Hwy J interchange, Wausau, WI New Drive-In Built in 1999

� Big Sky Drive-In Theatre
(608) 254-8025
N9174 Winnebago Road, Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965

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