From the Midwest's oldest outdoor venue to a forty-acre local hotspot,
Nebraska has a total of three exciting drive-in movie theaters to choose from. If you're looking to catch a flick under the stars, there’s no wrong place to plant your tires.
Whether you're interested in new releases or old classics, the
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Address: 100 US-275, Neligh
Schedule: Mid-may to mid-August, gates open at 8 pm
Ticket prices: $9 for adults, $6 for kids 4-12, free for kids 4 and under
Pet-friendly? Not specified
Since 1952, the
TK-Starlite Drive-In has been screening movies to tourists and locals alike—making it the oldest continually operating drive-in theater Nebraska has to offer.
This drive-in offers tasty concessions, neighboring local campsites, and a few nostalgic touches (like the original speakers). It’s a great place to spend an evening!
The TK-Starlite operates on a rotating schedule of current releases—offering patrons two different movies a night, plucked from the season’s lineup of summer blockbusters.
You can expect movies to reflect what is currently being played in other theaters. If you want to know what you're watching in advance, be sure to check out their
How to hear the movie
At TK-Starlite, the original standing-pole speakers, while adding to the nostalgia factor, are no longer in use. Though, this is probably for the best.
You can tune your car’s radio to 89.9 FM or 550 AM to listen to the movie. You can also bring a portable radio from home or rent one from the concession stand for just $5.00.
The best way to support TK-Starlite is to visit their concession stand, which has excellent prices on hamburgers, hotdogs, nachos, and a variety of combos.
If you're looking to both watch and wear a bit of history, you can also purchase a TK-Starlite t-shirt at the concession stand or
Pro tip: Located next to the Elkhorn River, Neligh, Nebraska, has plenty of outdoor activities if you're looking to make a day out of it. The theater is only a few miles away from two separate campsites if you choose to stay the night.
Midwest Skyview Drive-In Theater
Address: 100281 Airport Rd, Scottsbluff
Schedule: Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights, rain or shine
Ticket prices: $7 for general admission, $4 for children 2-12, free for children 2 and under
Owned and operated by a local non-profit theater, the
Midwest Skyview is precisely what comes to mind when you think of a classic drive-in. It’s cozy, dark, and the concessions are so good you’ll never want to leave.
Even better, the theater shows movies in all weather conditions—meaning you’ll never have to miss a show because of a bit (or a lot) of rain, mud, or snow.
The Midwest Skyview Drive-In Theater only shows modern releases (one per night), with tickets that can be purchased at the box office when you arrive. Parking is on a first-come, first-serve basis, so be sure to get there early for the best spot.
There are no specific rules for trucks and SUVs—although the theater encourages these vehicles to get as comfortable as possible. Feel free to open hatches or set up a truck bed mattress!
If you plan on bringing a camper or RV to the lot, please call ahead to let management know. This will help them accommodate your vehicle.
How to hear the movie
Sound is broadcast through an FM radio signal that can be accessed through your car’s stereo or portable radio.
Midwest Skyview does not currently offer radio rentals and encourages their guests to figure out how to access their radio—without turning on their car’s lights—before arriving.
The Midwest Skyview theater offers a variety of snacks and combos that can be ordered
online after you park. Once you order, you can elect to pick up the food from the concession stand or have it delivered to your vehicle by Skyview staff.
Address: 13427 N 300th St, Valley
Schedule: May to September, opens at 6:30 pm, rain or shine
Ticket prices: $20 per car
Pet-friendly? Yes, if leashed and kept under control
Located off Nebraska's eastern border,
Quasar Drive-In is a classic theater with a few modern sensibilities. This venue offers reasonably priced tickets, hosts private parties, and even provides guests with an app for listening to the movie.
This theater offers guests access to two new releases an evening with a few “themed nights” throughout the season. You don’t have to stay the whole time and can even skip the first film—but be sure to show up 30 minutes before your showing.
For those with an SUV or truck, vehicles must be parked near the back so as to not obfuscate other patrons’ views. Those with campers must park their vehicle outside the lot and bring in their own lawn chairs.
How to hear the movie
Guests have the option to tune in via portable or car radio. You can also listen to the movie with the Theaters Ears app (in Spanish or English), which can be downloaded for free on the App Store or Google Play.
FM radios can also be purchased at the concession stand.
Patrons can select from a variety of tasty foods—such as pizza, burgers, fries, and funnel sticks—at the venue's concession stand. The stand also offers combos so that movie-goers can try a bit of everything during their show.
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