How Many Drive-In Theaters Are Left In Minnesota?
With summer finally here, I've been dreaming about watching a movie in a drive-in. It's been more than a few years since Duluth had one, but maybe a road trip is needed this summer?
Last year I asked if Duluth should have a drive-in again (I still think there should be on in Duluth) and this year really has me wishing we did have one. Skyline Drive-in opened up in Duluth off Miller Trunk Highway in 1949 with a capacity of 200 cars. It lasted over 35 years before closing down in 1986. My dad always goes on and on about how amazing it was. I did some digging and found out some drive-in theaters do still exist in the land of 10,000 lakes.
Opening up in 2014 was the Elko Drive-In, which also happens to be Minnesota's newest drive-in. Just 30 miles South of Minneapolis, this drive-in is only open on the weekends in the summer. Prices range from: $8 adults, $5 kids, 3 & under free.
Opened in 1956 and still going strong is the Long Drive-In Theater. Gates open at 6:30pm on Fridays and Saturdays, and 7:30pm on Thursdays and Sundays. They offer a wide range of food from popcorn, nachos, roast beef sandwhiches, pizza and much more. Plus they even offer camping whether its tents or RV. Prices for movie admission are $6 adults, $3 kids, 5 & under free.
Also opened up in 1956 in the Sky-Vu Drive-In. Located just minutes away from Grand Forks, ND, this Drive-In has one thing that the others don't - a kangaroo lives on the grounds. The other biggest change Sky-Vu endured was when Leonard Novak took over in 1971. Opened every weekend at 9 pm with prices at $8 adults and $6 kids.
Opened in 1955, this two screen Star Lite Drive-In has a long history. The box office opens at 8 pm on Friday, Saturday, and Sundays with the first feature always starting around 9:35 pm. $7 adults & kids 13 or older, $3 kids ages 6-12, 5 and under are free.
The Vali-Hi opened in 1966 and offers a fun night for everyone. This Drive-In offers fresh popcorn and $1 hot dogs from the concession stand, plus an enjoyable arcade. $9.50 per person, $1 kids 6-12, 5 and under are free.
Opened in 1954, the Verne Drive-In is open all week long with showtimes starting at dusk. Gates open 1/2 hour before showtime Monday-Thursday, 7:30 pm on Friday & Saturdays, and 1 hour before showtime on Sundays. Admission is $6 for anyone older than 6.