Drive-In Theater Nostalgia: “A night at the movies” the old-time way

Long before binge-watching seasons of TV shows and screens asking “Are You Still Watching?” there were dozens of drive-in movie theaters across West Virginia. Just a handful have stood the test of time.

So, grab the blankets, some snacks and head to one of these Mountain State drive-in theaters:

1. Hilltop Drive-In Theatre

Located along WV-8, just south of U.S. Route-30, this family owned Chester drive-in theater originally opened in May 1950. These movies under the big stars are accompanied by a bevy of tasty treats. Admission is cash only at this time. The concession area accepts all major credit cards.

2. Meadow Bridge Drive-in

The tiny town of Meadow Bridge is home to a drive-in theater, which was built in 1953. It is open Friday, Saturday and Sunday from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend. Be sure to try their famous dessert pizza or chicken ranch pizza. Admission and concessions are cash only.

3. Sunset Drive-In Theater

The Sunset Drive-In Theater in Shinnston has been showing double features to the community for over 70 years. Along with a new digital projector, this drive-in is known for its great concessions: popcorn, hot dogs, hoagies, pizza, pepperoni rolls, nachos and more.

4. Warner’s Drive-In

Warner’s Drive-In in Franklin opened in 1952 and was built on a building meant to be used as an apartment. The theater closed in 2015, but reopened as a non-profit organization in 2016 – only one of two non-profit drive-ins in the country. Be sure to check when the sun sets that night, movies start at dusk.

Which drive-in theater is your favorite?

This post was last updated on May 13, 2020