Smith's Ranch Drive-In

Smith's Ranch Drive-In, Twentynine Palms: Address, Phone Number, Smith's Ranch Drive-In Reviews: 4.5/5

Smith's Ranch Drive-In
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penahill
Hollister, CA611 contributions
Nostalgic place
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, CA483 contributions
Must do if you’re in the area
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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Me9247
Austin, TX2,672 contributions
a must do when in the area
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
A great trip down memory lane
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
Awesome drive in
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
48 contributions
Great Drive-in
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
One Of The Last Drive In Movie Theaters Left
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
Marina del Rey, CA1,864 contributions
It's a Drive In--You must go. You just must.
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
TOTAL BIT OF NOSTALGIA OF MOVIE DAYS LONG GONE
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, Canada1,136 contributions
Wow a drine in movie
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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