Smith's Ranch Drive-In
Smith's Ranch Drive-In
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  • penahill
    Hollister, California633 contributions
    Nostalgic place
    This is an actual working drive-in. It is open Thursday thru Sunday. The show 2 movies and the admission is $5 per person, for both movies. They have a snack bar and a large popcorn was only $3.75. You tune into fm station 89.1 to get the sound for the movie. We went on a Saturday night and there were a lot of people there. The personal at the snack bar were very happy and friendly. This drive-in brought back memories. I would highly recommend going to see some movies here.
    Traveled as a couple
    Written February 29, 2020
  • BayouGirl
    154 contributions
    "Surf's Up" @ Smith's Ranch Drive In
    While visiting our USMC son in California we treated ourselves to a visit to Smith's Ranch Drive In at Twenty-Nine Palms CA. It was a fantastic evening. We live in Louisiana so we lost our drive in YEARS ago - from lack of use AND over-bearing mosquitos. How refreshing to enjoy a movie at a drive-in without having to anchor yourself down to avoid being carried off by the stinging winged beasts! It was a bit strange though to not have the old timey mosquito pics smoking on the window rim. We settled in with HUGE cokes in old time real plastic collectors cups - really large buckets or popcorn, and chocolate bars - (we really did come to see the movie - not just to eat!). Believe it or not, the prices of the goodies seemed like a flash-back to the 60's as well - amazingly low prices! The three of us, all adults, settled in and laughed our way through the animated show "Surf's Up" - Great movie - go see it for the fun and for the underlying lesson. If you find yourself in the area - pay Smith's Ranch Drive In a visit - I PROMISE you will NOT regret it!
    Written August 14, 2007
  • Scooter914
    24 contributions
    An American Treasure!
    I can't even remember the last time I went to a drive-in movie, so tonight was a real treat! We arrived on Sunday night, paid an insanely inexpensive admission of $5 per person and easily found a tilted parking spot to watch the movie. We took advantage of the concessions, with popcorn and hot dogs (rarely eaten but for the sake of nostalgia, not to mention hungry from hiking at nearby Joshua Tree National Park earlier) to nosh on in the car. To those who recall clunky static-ridden radios hanging from car windows--you will not find those here! Instead we were instructed to tune into an FM radio channel to listen to the movie. It worked great--very clear sound and the surround sound really came through on the car stereo. The film was Sully and as the plane was going into the Hudson, we felt the rumble from the car speakers! How we miss drive-in theatres! You never see them much anymore and here, in Twentynine Palms, they are lucky to have such a special place. This is a great experience for young and old alike.
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 25, 2016
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penahill
Hollister, CA633 contributions
Feb 2020 • Couples
This is an actual working drive-in. It is open Thursday thru Sunday. The show 2 movies and the admission is $5 per person, for both movies. They have a snack bar and a large popcorn was only $3.75. You tune into fm station 89.1 to get the sound for the movie. We went on a Saturday night and there were a lot of people there. The personal at the snack bar were very happy and friendly.
This drive-in brought back memories. I would highly recommend going to see some movies here.
Written March 1, 2020
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Pam Ellis International
Los Angeles, CA494 contributions
May 2019 • Couples
Where else can you attend an old style drive-in cinema? We stopped here overnight just to do the drive-in. It started in 1956 which is incredible! It was busy on a Thursday night & we saw the new Avengers movie. You tune your radio to a set station to get the audio.
Very cool experience!
Written May 10, 2019
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J E
Austin, TX2,754 contributions
Dec 2018 • Couples
We were in the area in December and decided to go on a Sunday night. It was my first experience with a drive in and I loved it. We only had one movie not two. It was $10 for both of us and another $5 for snacks. So much fun to experience a movie this way. Great thing to do at night after a long day of hiking in Joshua Tree. I highly recommend if in the area. I wish there were more drive ins or I lived here to experience it more often.
Written January 24, 2019
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ARO903
Japan30 contributions
Dec 2018 • Friends
Excellent drive in theater. The movies are excellent, the food offered is also great, and the price is spectacular.
Written December 18, 2018
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Steven M
Twentynine Palms, CA5 contributions
May 2018 • Family
One of the last drive in in the area, a great experance for the kids. The staff is wonderfull and will even assist you with audio if you have a vehicle without an accessory option for the radio. The prices are reasonable and snack bar has it all.
Written August 28, 2018
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CrazyWithKids
56 contributions
Mar 2018
So much fun! Love being able to take my kids to see a drive-in movie! Great price for 2 movies! Just remember cash only!! Movie changes on Friday.
Written April 30, 2018
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mojaveson
Southern California65 contributions
Sep 2017 • Friends
There aren't many drive in movie theaters left in America. So if you get the chance go see a movie at Smith's.
Written January 14, 2018
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elizabethlascheid
Los Angeles, CA4,696 contributions
Oct 2017 • Family
I have not seen an operating drive in movie in years. I don't know how many are left. But right in the middle of Twentynine Palms is a real drive in movie theater. WOW. Go now.

We were there to see Joshua Tree and stayed in Twentynine Palms and came across Smith's Ranch Drive-In. It is family owned. The line to get in with your car starts about 20 minutes before the movies, so get in line.

The movies are not new, maybe you have seen them, the sound is not great. Who cares, it is a drive-in. They have cheap hot dogs and pop corn, you won't pay 10$ for a hot dog.

Each lane has a ramp so you can see the movie/s. When we were there, you used your AM radio station in your car to get sound. If you don't have that, you can open your windows and you will hear, there are speakers on the ground.

It is an old place. Just a big old white screen and part dirt, part pave for the cars. It is safe and fun. Take your now wife or husband and make out, or rap the kids in PJs and go. I can't promise you it will be there next year. Go now.
Written December 25, 2017
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Jackbear
Los Angeles, CA1,979 contributions
May 2017 • Solo
I was spending a few days in TWENTYNINE PALMS and saw they had a drive-in theater. It has been decades since I last went to a drive-in and was amazed that some still exist. Smith's Ranch Drive-In is a total blast from the past to the days when Drive-Ins ruled the world.

I had to visit the drive-in even though I had already seen each movie more than once. It was the experience I craved and the step back in time. Admission is only $5 and the concession prices are also from the past. A large popcorn and nachos for under $7 and reasonably priced drinks and discount on refills.

I couldn't get the am station for the sound so I had to roll my window down and listen through the speakers on the grounds. It was a fun experience but I realized I don't really miss drive-ins. It's a must experience if you have never been to a drive-in or you are looking for a bargain evening of entertainment.
Written May 10, 2017
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gerleg12
Vancouver, Canada1,130 contributions
Feb 2017
Went to the Smith's Ranch Drive-in. The line started a half hour before the gates opened. It was only $5 per person to get in. The concession price were very reasonable with lots of butter on the popcorn. The parking spots are nicely ramped for great viewing.
Written February 8, 2017
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