Experience Wisconsin

Nine Great Drive-ins

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In their heyday, there were 79 drive-in movie theaters in Wisconsin—they have since dwindled to the single digits. But, these nine popular ones have withstood the test of time by carving out a niche.

The Big Sky, Wisconsin Dells

This two-screen drive-in offers up such concessions as the “mamaburger” and homemade sloppy Joes.

Chilton Twilight, Chilton

This rustic theater was closed in 2017, but is back in action this year.

Field of Scenes, Freedom

Unlike its peers, this drive-in is notable for its new-ish age. Owners Tim and Brenda VandeWettering opened it in 2003.

Highway 18, Jefferson

This theater provides a retro experience with a neon sign, window-hanging speakers and original 1950s-era commercials.

Sky-Vu, Monroe

The Goetz family has operated this drive-in from day one—it opened in 1954.

Moonlight, Shawano

The owners of this theater tout their large candy selection and claim it is one of the largest available at a concession stand.

Skyway, Fish Creek

In a nod to its locale, this drive-in sells sweet treats from the Door County Ice Cream Factory.

Stardust, Watertown

Before the sun sets and the screen illuminates, kiddies can ride the Stardust’s circus wagon train. Starlight 14, Richland Center This country treasure first opened in 1952 and has been a mainstay, with a series of technological upgrades along the way.


This article originally appeared in the 2018 spring/summer issue of Experience Wisconsin magazine. The contents of this article were checked for accuracy when it was published; however, it’s possible some of the information has changed. We recommend you call first if you have specific questions for the destinations, attractions or restaurants mentioned in this article.

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