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A list of drive-in theaters open around Minnesota, and how they’re adapting to COVID guidelines

As the country slowly begins to reopen amid COVID-19, people are looking for ways to stay entertain. And with the summer months here, drive-in movie theaters are a great way to practice social distancing while getting out of the house. Here’s a list of drive-in theaters ready to welcome you, along with ways many of them are adapting to new guidelines.

elko

Elko Speedway, Elko

  • Elko is right off of 35, less than 45 minutes south of Downtown Minneapolis.
  • Gates open at 8:00 pm and only one movie is shown per night. The movie starts after sunset.
  • The Elko Drive-In Theater runs Thursday – Sunday nights beginning May 23, 2020.
  • As of May 18, no COVID-19 specific guidelines were listed on their website or social media.
  • Admission is $10 for adults 13 and older, $5 for kids 4 – 12 (3 and under are free). Tickets can be purchased online.

long prairie

Long Drive-In Theater, Long Prairie

  • Long Prairie is just over two hours northwest of Downtown Minneapolis.
  • Long runs one screen, showing two movies. The first movie during Memorial Day weekend starts at 8:30 pm.
  • Cars must be parked six feet apart.
  • Overnight camping, which is typically allowed, is suspended.
  • You must stay inside your car to watch the movie. You can sit in the back of a pickup truck or in the trunk of a SUV with the hatch open.
  • Limited concessions will be available.
  • Additional portable restrooms are added and will be cleaned every 30 minutes.
  • Admission is $7 for adults 12 and older, $3 for kids 6 – 11 (5 and under are free).
  • They have a page dedicated to how they’re reopening amid COVID.

star lite

Starlite Drive-In Theater, Litchfield

  • Litchfield is about 90 minutes west of Downtown Minneapolis.
  • Starlite runs two screens. The screens run the same movies, but in reverse order.
  • Parking in each lot is limited to 50% capacity. Cars must be parked at least six feet apart from each other.
  • You must stay inside your car to watch the movie. Lawn chairs are not allowed. You can leave your car to visit the restroom and the snack bar. Masks are recommended when you are outside your vehicle.
  • The snack bar is limited to 10 people at a time.
  • Admission is $8 for adults 13 and older, $4 for kids 5 – 12 (4 and under are free).
superior 71
Superior 71 Drive-In Theater is just south of the Minnesota-Iowa border. Photo courtesy Superior 71 Drive-In Theater

Superior 71 Drive-In Theater, Spirit Lake, Iowa

  • Spirit Lake, Iowa is just short of three hours south of Minneapolis.
  • Showing first run double features.
  • Currently, doors open at 7:00 pm and first movie begins at 9:00 pm.
  • They have two screens; one with family-friendly movies (PG) and one with Rated R films.
  • Families must stay six feet apart from each other.
  • Cars park six feet apart from each other.
  • Playgrounds are off limits.
  • They have a page dedicated to how they’re reopening amid COVID.

Minnesota drive-in theaters not open as of May 18, 2020

 

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