Make the most of the rest of the summer at a drive-in movie. You might think that in this age of movie streaming, drive-in theaters would be a thing of the past, but there are actually three drive-in theaters operating within around an hour’s drive from Charlotte, and they’re a treasured family tradition for many.
Bonus: They are affordable entertainment. Two of the three drive-ins charge by the car load, so pile in (safely.)
Here is the basic information for each of these drive-in theaters. Make sure to follow the links for updates. All three have Facebook pages where they post information on the weekend’s shows.
You can expect the movies to start around sundown, but, again, look for updates on the theaters’ Facebook pages.
114 Raven Circle
Kings Mountain, NC
38 miles from Charlotte
Shows Friday and Saturday nights
Cost: $15 per car load
Hound’s operates from March to November. It shows double features on each of its two screens. One screen is for 800 cars, and the other is for 300 cars. They’re building a third screen.
Hound’s operates a full concession stand.
Cash only. There’s an ATM at concession stand. No outside food.
Tune into 88.1 FM for the movie’s audio. Radios for rent for $5 or for purchase for $20.
You can bring your dog if it doesn’t bark and if you clean up after it. Hound’s offers free jump starts!
Sunset Drive-In Theatre
3935 Sunset Blvd.
52 miles from Charlotte)
Shows movies Friday and Saturday nights.
Cost: $12 per car load. Cash only. No ATM on site.
Sunset shows two movies every Friday and Saturday night from April through around Labor Day. No dogs, except service dogs. You can bring outside food if you clean up your mess.
Sunset has additional activities, like coloring contests and photo booths.
Tune in to radio station 97.7 FM.
Badin Road Drive-In
Badin Road Drive-In
2411 Badin Rd
44 miles from Charlotte
Shows Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights
Cost: $7 per adult, $5 per child age 6-11, free for kids under 6.
Badin Road Drive-in shows two double feature every Friday, Saturday and Sunday, one on each of the two screens. They accept cash only, but there’s an ATM available.
Free and cheap movies around Charlotte
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All photos from venues’ Facebook pages.