Drive-In Movie Theaters Near Charlotte

Hounds Drive-In Theater in Kings Mountain.

The drive-in movie theater inspires nostalgia for many, as the venues were more plentiful during previous decades. Still, there are three within an hour’s drive of Charlotte. These screenings usually begin at dark, as is the drive-in theater way. There have been also been several new options that have popped up in spots now usually used to screen films. Check those out below, via Charlotte Parent:

Drive-in Movies at Old Town Cornelius (in partnership with Bella Love Inc.)

Location: Lake Norman YMCA, 21300 Davidson Street, Cornelius, NC 28031

Cost: $15 for v1 ehicle and 1 adult, $10 each additional adult, $7 each child, $9 walk-in with no vehicle

Time: Arrive and park from 8:15-8:45 p.m.; the show starts at 8:55 p.m.

Purchase Tickets: Grab your tickets early to avoid the wait list!

Movie Schedule: Saturdays

Aug 22, Avengers Endgame
Aug 29, Dirty Dancing
Sept 5, Toy Story 4
Sept 12, Addams Family (2019 release)

Grub Info: Popcorn, candy, shaved ice, soft pretzels, hot dogs and other tasty treats will be available. You can also order a meal from Cool Fish LKN and they will bring dinner to your car!

Pro Tip: Once you park, you can sit outside your car so pack chairs or a blanket and enjoy a movie under the stars!

Charlotte Motor Speedway

Location: 5555 Concord Pkwy S, Concord, NC 28027, Enter at Gate 26

Cost: $30 per vehicle (10 passengers max). You must remain in your vehicle.

Time: Gates open at 5 p.m.; movie starts at 7 p.m.

Purchase Tickets: Click here to reserve tickets. 

Movie Schedule: Wednesdays
Aug 19, The Princess Bride
Aug 26, TBD

Pro Tip: Coolers are permitted so you can pack everyone’s favorite snack.

Carolina Mall (Concord)

Carolina Mall

Location: 1480 Concord Pkwy N, Concord, NC 28025

Cost: $20 per car

Time: 9 p.m.

Purchase Tickets: All tickets are required to be purchased online.

Movie Schedule: Thursday through Sunday.Check the Website for the most current movie showing schedule.

Grub Info: Order your favorite concession snacks right from your car.

Pro Tip: You can bring chairs and sit outside your car. Social distancing rules apply. Restrooms are available.

The Big View Diner

Big View

Location: 16637 Lancaster Hwy, Charlotte, NC 28277

Cost: Free

Time: Starts at 8:30 p.m.

Purchase Tickets: Spaces are first come, first serve.

Movie Schedule: (Saturdays) Visit the Facebook page for the most up-to-date information.

Grub Info: Order online or call Big View Diner and have food delivered to your car.

Pro Tip: Order a family meal deal or start with dessert first.

The Music Yard

Location: 2433 South Blvd, Charlotte, NC 28203

Cost: The Music Yard offers a variety of events, concerts and movies. Tickets prices vary.

Time: Movies start at 8 p.m. and are for people 21 and older.

Purchase Tickets: Click here. 

Movie Schedule: Check it out!

Grub Info: Order from SouthBound’s Taco Stand or Mac’s Speed Shop located on either side of The Music Yard.

Pro Tip: For more family outdoor fun, The Music Yard offers outdoor Yoga for a fee.


Hounds Drive-In Theater in Kings Mountain
Distance from uptown: 33 miles
Cost: $20.00 per carload
This cash-only spot shows new films on two screens, with double features Friday through Sunday. Outside food and drinks are brand, but Hounds has a robust, affordable menu with both the normal fare of popcorn, soda, and candy and heartier offerings like hamburgers, pizza, and hot dogs. Parent bonus: There are playgrounds on site, while you wait for the movie begin at dark. Gates open at 6 p.m. 114 Raven Cir, Kings Mountain.

Badin Road Drive-In in Albemarle
Distance from uptown:
45 miles
Cost: $7 for adults; $5 for kids 6-11; and free for moviegoers aged 5 and under
Double features her run Friday through Sunday, with two screens showing new films. There is no stated policy on outside food and drinks. Parent bonus: There are playgrounds on site, while you wait for the movie begin at dark. Also: Wi-Fi. Gates open at 6 p.m. 2411 Badin Rd., Albemarle.

Sunset Drive-In Theatre in Shelby
Distance from uptown:
50 miles
Cost: $12 per carload
Also cash-only, this spot is the cheapest of the bunch if you have at least two adults in tow. Like Badin, they do have concessions, but outside food is allowed. Shows run on Friday and Saturdays. Gates open at 6:45 p.m. 3935 Sunset Boulevard, Shelby.

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