Nothing says summer like a drive-in movie theater. We’re lucky to have four drive-in theaters within an hour’s drive of Rockford, Illinois!

The McHenry Outdoor

Address: 1510 Chapel Hill Rd., McHenry, IL

Open: Tuesdays and weekends

Upcoming shows: Listed on their Facebook page

Showtimes: Gates open at 6:30 pm. The first movie starts at 8:50 pm and the second movie starts around 11 pm.

Cost: $12 per adult
$6 per military/senior
$6 for kids
FREE for kids 3 and under

Specials: $12 per carload on Tuesdays

Concessions: The concession stand is open and serving snacks and full meals like hamburgers, pizza, brats, popcorn, nachos, ice cream and more.


Midway Drive-In Theater

Address: 91 Palmyra Rd., Sterling, IL

Open: Fridays and Saturdays

Upcoming shows: Listed on their website

Showtimes: Box office opens at 7:15 pm. The first movie starts around 8:30 pm and the second movie starts around 10:30 pm.

Cost: $9.50 per adult (12 and older)
$4 per kid (3 to 11 years old)
FREE for kids 2 and under

A $10 food permit per vehicle can be purchased if you’d like to bring in your own food and drinks.

Order tickets in advance here.

Concessions: The concession stand is open and you can purchase snacks as well as burgers, hot dogs, drinks and more.


Route 34 Drive In

Address: 4468 East 12th Rd., (Old Route 34), Earlville, IL

Open: Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays

Upcoming shows: Listed on their website

Showtimes: Gates open at 6:30 pm
Show starts at dusk

Cost: $10 per adult
$8 per senior
$7 per child
Cash only

Concessions: Concessions are available until the second movie starts. They serve hamburgers, cheeseburgers, funnel sticks, pizza, drinks, and more.


Sky Vu Drive In

Address: N1936 WI. State Hwy 69, Monroe, WI

Open: Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays

Upcoming shows: Listed on their website

Showtimes: Gate opens Friday and Saturday at 7:15 pm, Sunday at 7:45 pm
Show starts at dusk

Cost: $11 per adult
$6 per kid
Cash or check only

Concessions: Concession stand will be open for purchase. You cannot bring in outside food. They offer hotdogs, hamburgers, popcorn, drinks and more.


Highway 18 Outdoor Theatre

Address: Corner of Highway 18 and 89, Jefferson, WI

Open: Wednesday through Sunday

Upcoming shows: Listed on their website

Showtimes: Gates open at 6:30 pm on Friday and Saturday and 8 pm on Wednesday, Thursday, and Sunday. The first movie starts around 8:50 pm and the second movie starts around 11 pm.

Cost: $10 per adult (12 and up)
$6 per kid ages 5-11
FREE for kids 4 and under

Concessions: The concession stand is open and serving snacks and full meals like hamburgers, pizza, hot dogs, popcorn, nachos, ice cream and more.

Do you plan on seeing a drive-in movie this summer?

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3 thoughts on “These Five Drive-In Theaters Are One Hour From Rockford”

  1. Are these theaters open now in aug ? And what movies are playing ??

    1. Hi Kathy! All of the listed drive-ins are open in August and if you click the links in their name, you can go to what’s currently showing.

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