The New Miami Drive-In Movies

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By: Melina Martinez-Echeverria

Drive-in movies are a throw-back trend popping up in many Miami neighborhoods offering an affordable and fun way to get out of the house. What was once a popular attraction in the 1950’s and 60’s is back - but this time it’s better! This retro form of entertainment provides a natural way to socially distance while providing entertainment the whole family can enjoy. There is something very nostalgic about going to a drive-in movie, and it’s a novelty to experience. With several drive-in theaters resurfacing in Miami, it’s no wonder that what was old is new again.

Dezerland Park

Dezerland Park in North Miami has converted their outdoor lot into a drive-in experience. Movie magic is created with their array of weekly picks that are perfect for the whole family. There is lots of space to stay safe and you’ll feel as though you just experienced a “blast from the past.”   

open air theater at Hard Rock Stadium
Enjoy a movie on the field, in your car, or in the open air theater at Hard Rock Stadium

Hard Rock Stadium

Want to go out for dinner and a movie? At the Hard Rock Stadium Fountain Plaza Open Air Theater you can watch a flick and eat some fancy food. People can watch a movie outside of their vehicles on the field at Hard Rock Stadium, making it an outdoor restaurant and movie attraction. The three-course menus feature cuisine prepared under the direction of award-winning chefs. The $49 price includes your meal and theater ticket. Cocktails are also available at an additional charge. Kids’ admission is $20, offering all the kid-friendly treats they love. E.T., Goonies and Field of Dreams are just a few of the movies you can catch there.  

Drive-In at The Fair

Drive-in at The Fair at the Miami-Dade County Youth Fair and Expo is also home to a drive-in experience along with a tasty fair-food drive thru. Friday through Sunday you can enjoy movies for all ages plus the delicious fair foods you’ve been craving—elephant ears, fried Oreos, funnel cakes, BBQ chicken bacon gyro, buckets of chili fries and lots more, from 4 p.m. – 9 p.m. To keep things safe, you can pick up your goodies via drive through only. Tickets are $11 per person for movie admission, and free for kids that are 15 years of age and younger. Enjoy classic movies like Grease, Scarface and the Addams Family.

Carpool Cinema Wynwood

Carpool Cinema Wynwood is the first and only boutique drive-in theater in Wynwood, featuring movies the whole family is bound to enjoy. From classics like Karate Kid and Back To The Future, to dramas and comedies, you can catch a movie Thursday through Sunday at 7:00 p.m. Rain or shine, the show will go on. Tickets are $45 per car with a first-come, first-served policy. There is an assortment of food and drinks available for purchase. Try the Dirty Burger for an unforgettable spicy chicken sandwich or classic cheeseburger, along with their carrot cake and vanilla milkshake, which are unforgettable. If you’re in the mood for Asian cuisine, the Back Door Monkey has dishes like wok fried rice, avocado tartar and salmon teriyaki. Or if Mexican is more your thing, La Tiendita Taqueria has tacos that taste as if abuela was cooking in the kitchen for hours.  

Florida City Cinema

Florida City also has its own drive-in cinema, off Krome Avenue. Florida City Cinema is a neighborhood movie experience showing kid-friendly films at 8:30 p.m., Friday through Sunday. If you prefer a vintage style date night with your partner, the cinema features adventure and horror films at 10:45 p.m. for adults. Prices are $15 per car and food trucks are available for your evening hungers. Audio is available in English and in Spanish.

Doral's Central Park

Central Park, the largest park in Doral is another great place for a drive-in movie experience. This 82-acre playground has plenty of open green spaces and scenic lake views, ideal for a socially distanced picnic followed by a movie.  This drive-in movie, operating on the last Friday of each month at 7 p.m., offers screenings the whole family will enjoy. You may want to bring your own crudité platter and cheese boards, snacks and beverages, as there are no concessions available on site. Tickets go on sale weeks before the screening, so check the schedule ahead of time. Tickets run between $5 and $15, depending on the row you desire and includes two small bags of popcorn and a bag of candy. What a fun way to start off the weekend! Please note that trucks, SUVs and vans have a designated area toward the back, so as not to block the view of smaller vehicles.

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