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- 411 Twin Drive-In Theatre & Grill
- Cinemagic Drive-In Theatre
- Sand Mountain Twin Drive-In
- How to find cheap car insurance
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Take your movie-watching experience outdoors, under the stars, by visiting three of the best Alabama drive-in movie theaters that are still in operation.
There are six drive-in movie theaters in Alabama, so you can take your pick before loading up your car or truck with family and friends to catch a flick. Find the closest drive-in to you with help from the car insurance broker app Jerry.
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411 Twin Drive-In Theatre & Grill
Address: 300 County Rd 265, Centre, AL 35960
Schedule: Open Friday to Sunday, all year round, rain or shine
Ticket prices: $15 per car (cash only at gate, but credit and debit accepted at Grill)
Number of screens: 2
The 411 Twin Drive-In was opened way back in 1953 by Emory Johnson. The Twin went dark in the 1980s, but Johnson and his two sons, Rex and Carl, reopened the theater in 2001, and it’s been going strong ever since. Capacity has since been expanded to 400 vehicles, and a new screen and restaurant facility were built in 2008.
You’ll be able to catch new releases at The Twin, and double features are the name of the game every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
As far as rules go, be sure to keep your headlights off (including parking and cargo lights) throughout the duration of the movie. Any loud motors (such as diesels, duals, etc.) should be OFF during showtime, and loud music and profanity are banned. Keep your speed under 5 miles per hour. Pets are not permitted.
Lastly—enjoy! That’s actually one of the rules.
How to hear the movie
You can hear the film’s audio via your vehicle’s FM radio.
If you like to eat when watching a movie, you are in luck—the 411 Twin offers a smorgasbord of edible delights, ranging from burgers to chicken, hot dogs to pizza, nachos to cheddar jalapeño poppers, and lots of candy and other snacks.
You can even call ahead and order your food if you want to skip the lines at the drive-in.
Cinemagic Drive-In Theatre
Address: 1702 S. Jefferson St. SE, Athens, AL 35611
Schedule: Open 7 days a week, year-round
Ticket prices: $6 for general admission; $4 for kids (3 to 11) and seniors (60+), free for kids under 3
Number of screens: 1
The outdoor Cinemagic Drive-In Theatre is part of a bigger complex, including the indoor Cinemagic Theatre, which has five additional screens. The family-owned complex opened in 1997 and was put on the market in October 2021. The Cinemagic Drive-In boasts an 80 car capacity, and the screen is also solar-powered!
In terms of house rules, pets are not permitted at Cinemagic’s outdoor screen. The Cinemagic Drive-In can be rented out for private functions, but only between Sunday and Thursday.
You’ll be able to catch all the latest releases at Cinemagic, though features do vary between the outdoor drive-in and Cinemagic’s five indoor screens.
How to hear the movie
You can tune in to the film’s sound by using your car’s FM radio.
Cinemagic does sell concessions, but they aren’t listed on its website—so you’ll have to head over to see what snacks are on offer.
Sand Mountain Twin Drive-In
Address: 10480 US Hwy 431, Boaz, AL 35956
Schedule: Open Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, year-round, rain or shine; movie start times are approximate, depending on when darkness sets in
Ticket prices: $15 per carload (so stuff’em in as long as there is a seatbelt for everyone—we here at Jerry are suckers for safety), credit and debit cards accepted
Number of screens: 2
The Sand Mountain Twin Drive-In in Boaz opened in 1996 and boasts a capacity of 400 vehicles for outdoor movies. Single or double features are screened every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday night.
Showtimes are approximate, as the movie will start after sunset. Since you’ll be in your car, you’re permitted to talk and text throughout the show, though we here at Jerry do firmly believe that—during a movie—silence is golden.
Pets are permitted at the Sand Mountain Twin, and to answer your question, yes—they’re allowed to talk and text, too.
You’ll be able to catch all the new releases at the Sand Mountain Twin Drive-In, and double features run every weekend.
How to hear the movie
You’ll be able to tune into the film’s sound via your car’s FM radio.
There are plenty of snacks on offer, ranging from popcorn to candy, and pickles to deep-fried Oreos.
Also, outside food and drinks are permitted at the Sand Mountain Twin, so bring all the moon pies, pork rinds, and Goo Goo Clusters you can handle. And don’t forget some snacks for the dog. After all, what canine doesn’t love Snausages and a movie?
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How many drive-in theaters are left in Alabama?
There are seven drive-in theaters in Alabama.
Do you have to leave your car on during a drive-in movie?
No. In order to use your radio, you can keep your car in Accessory Mode instead of having your ignition running the whole time. But before you do this, keep the car running for a few minutes while you’re parked so that the battery will last.
Do drive-ins play in the rain?
It depends on the theater, but many drive-ins still play in the rain. You can always call ahead of time to double-check before you leave your house.