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Between their new releases, star-blanketed skies, and even tucked-away overnight cabins, you can’t go wrong with either of Idaho’s current drive-in movie theaters.
Filled with canyons, rivers, and scenic plains, Idaho is known for easy access to the great outdoors—and its theaters also deliver in this respect. Find your next drive-in theater destination with a guide from car insurance comparison and broker app Jerry.
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Terrace Drive-In Theater
Address: 4011 S Lake Ave, Caldwell
Schedule: Seasonal: late March to November
Ticket prices: $8.00 for adults, $7.00 for seniors, $3.00 for kids 4-11
Number of screens: 1
Pet-friendly? Dogs are allowed but must be kept on a leash
Located in the city of Caldwell, which neighbors the Oregon border, the Terrace Drive-In invites guests to “join where the stars meet.” A truly classic and relaxing venue, this theater combines modern releases with an unbelievable view of the night sky.
Terrace Drive-In primarily plays new releases—with a few older classics sprinkled throughout the season. For more updated information about schedules and showtimes, visit the theater’s website or Facebook page.
Guests can also inquire about renting the space for weddings, school graduations, and local events.
How to hear the movie
Movie audio will be broadcast using station 104.7 FM. Moviegoers can listen in via their car radio or a portable one. (If you’re worried about your car’s battery life, bring the latter.)
Terrace concessions offer viewers a wider variety of snacks, meals, and specialty items—like root beer floats and hot cocoa. Like the tickets, food can be purchased using cash or a card.
An updated menu contains all the items available for order during your movie.
Spud Drive-In Theater
Address: 2175 ID-33, Driggs
Schedule: Open during warm months only
Ticket prices: $9.50 for adults, $6.00 for small fries (4-11), $8.50 for seasoned taters (65+)
Number of screens: 1
Pet-friendly? Not specified
A family-owned local treasure, Spud Drive-In, was built in 1953—but you’d never be able to tell its age by looking. Along with its honorable contributions to the South East Idaho community, this venue offers all-digital projection, a full-service snack bar, and even overnight accommodations.
Those staying overnight have their choice of several cabins—each equipped with an outdoor porch and hot tub for more comfortable viewing.
Views aren’t just limited to new-release movies, though, as guests are encouraged to take in everything the surrounding Big Hole Mountain range has to offer—from nostalgic sunrises to starry night skies.
The Spud gives guests a nice mix of new releases and throwback films throughout the season. Showtimes can be found online, with special film events appearing depending on the time of year.
Those looking to stay overnight can explore cabin options on the theater's website.
How to hear the movie
Patrons must use either their car’s radio or a portable FM radio to hear the movie.
The Spud partners with local food trucks and breweries to offer fun food options alongside in-house concessions. You can order a variety of popcorn, customizable burgers, and shakes via the Spud’s online menu.
Patrons can also order specialty items or alcoholic beverages delivered directly to any car or cabin.
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How many drive-ins are left in Idaho?
As of January 2022, there are two drive-in theaters left in Gem State.
Do you have to leave your car on during a drive-in movie?
You’re never expected to leave your vehicle on during a drive-in movie. Instead, idle your car enough for the battery to last the film's duration. If your battery dies, most theaters have cables to help jumpstart it after the post-show crowd clears.
Do drive-ins play in the rain?
It’s unusual for modern drive-in theaters not to play in the rain. Digital projection is not significantly affected by outdoor conditions—meaning the weather is not a concern for picture quality.