Pre-Netflix 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 spare change and head to one of these Mountain State drive-in theaters:

1. Hilltop Drive In Theatre

This Chester drive-in theater opened all the way back in May 1950. These movies under the big stars are accompanied by a bevy of tasty treats. The theater will open back up for the 2016 season in the spring.

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.

3. Pipestem Drive-In

The Pipestem Drive-In, which first opened its doors in 1972, is open seasonally April through Labor Day. The Athens theater doubles as a flea market and sometimes a haunted drive-in around Halloween!

4. Sunset Drive-In Theater

The Sunset Drive-In Theater in Shinnston has a fancy new digital projector, and is known for its great concessions: popcorn, hot dogs, hoagies, pizza, pepperoni rolls, nachos and more.

5. Warner’s Drive In

Warner’s Drive-In 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!

Which drive-in theater is your favorite?



This post was last updated on July 21, 2020