With last year’s drive-in theaters a success, a drive-in movie in NJ (think 1950s fun) is still this summer’s hot spot. While there are a few nostalgic ones that have been operating for decades, thanks to farms, fields and spacious parking lots, a bunch of outdoor screens are popping up all over the state, which is just the excuse you need to skip the usual Netflix. Scroll down to find the one that works for you (some towns are only allowing registered residents), buy your tickets online, load the kiddos in the car, and park yourself in front of a new movie flick or a classic family fave under the stars—just don’t forget the popcorn.
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Here’s where to park at a drive-in movie in NJ
Delsea Drive-In Theatre
The only remaining true drive-in theater in NJ (it originally opened in 1949), this Vineland gem is featuring newer releases like F9: The Fast Saga, Boss Baby: The Family Business, and Cruella. With an onsite restaurant delivering yummy treats and snacks to your car, they are open every week.
$11.00 + tax & fee general admission per car, food permits are available if you would like to bring outside food
2203 S Delsea Dr
Vineland, New Jersey 08360
This Bergen County farm and garden center hosts a drive-in movie in NJ on-site at the farm every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, July through August. Introduce your kids to classics like The Breakfast Club or watch Disney favorites like Monsters, Inc. Shows are selling out fast, so keep up to date on their Facebook page here.
$25 per car
244 Wierimus Road
Hillsdale, New Jersey 07642
If you’re in Northern Jersey, take a quick ride over the border into New York, where you’ll find Warwick Drive-In, a vintage drive-in movie theater with three screens showing six different movies each night, with something that caters to every member of the fam. And did we mention there are snacks? Classic movie theater treats like candy and popcorn, plus freshly cooked burgers, dogs, and pizza rolls.
$12 per adult+$1.44 fee, $8+$1.32 fee per children ages 4-11, free for kids 3 and under
5 Warwick Turnpike
Warwick, NY 10990
Barnegat Summer Drive-In Movies
Enjoy a drive-in movie in NJ at the shore. With titles like Wall-E and Cars, your little ones will have the best time stocking up the car with yummy treats and heading over to the Barnegat Public Dock for a family-friendly flick beneath the summer night sky.
Barnegat Public Dock
427 E Bay Ave.
Barnegat, NJ 08005
(609) 698-0080 x122
Cranford Theater Drive-In
Hosted by The Cranford Theater and Cranford Township, the Orange Avenue Pool parking lot gets transformed into a drive-in theater a few nights each week. The movie starts at around 8:45 PM. They also encourage that you make your concession orders online beforehand to have your snacks delivered to your car.
$25 per carload
1025 Orange Avenue
Cranford, NJ 07016