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“Felt like going back in time - real fun with kids and 50's prices!!”

Smith's Ranch Drive-In
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Level 3 Contributor
10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Felt like going back in time - real fun with kids and 50's prices!!”
Reviewed August 28, 2012

Took kids to see two movies, sat back and chilled in the California sky. Hospitality great in the little popcorn and snackshop.

Beautiful scenery, traditional desert flooring not a sight of Tarmac and clear huge screen. A winner!

Added bonus really really clean restrooms for fussy daughter a real anxiety settler.

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English first
Blackpool, England
Level 5 Contributor
61 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
“First experience of a drive-in”
Reviewed June 30, 2012

Our first time to a drive-in movie was one of the highlights of our holiday. Arrived in queue and tuned radio to station as advised, paid ($5 each for 2 movies!!!), picked a spot and waited. People arriving with chairs, blow up furniture, blankets, etc etc all prepared for the evening. Popcorn, pizza, hotdogs, sodas, sandwiches, etc etc were all available to buy and very reasonable prices. Films were recent (not what we would have chosen- but we had gone for the experience not the film) and we found it to be excellent value and a really enjoyable experience. We will definatley be doing it again but next time we will take chairs.

Visited June 2012
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Yucca Valley, California
Level 5 Contributor
87 reviews
40 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
“Thank Heavens there is still a remaining Drive-in!”
Reviewed May 6, 2012

I grew up going to drive ins to see all the movies, especially Disney. So, this is definitely a throwback to my childhood. I don't know how Smith's Ranch keeps their prices so low. But, $5 for a double feature, who can beat that?! And, the snacks are reasonable as well. You haven't experienced fun until you've watched a movie outside!

Visited February 2012
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29 Palms
Level 4 Contributor
36 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Classic”
Reviewed December 28, 2011

One of the few last remaining outdoor movie theaters in the US of A. Inexpensive way to see the most current movies in the area. For blockbusters, be sure to get there at least an hour before the show since the car line can be extemely long.

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1 Thank StraightBlue2
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cali
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“beautiful desert sky”
Reviewed July 29, 2009

The sky is so beautiful in the desert as we watch movies from chairs outside our vehicle we often see shooting stars! The staff is wonderful and the prices are great. The drive in is a good way to make lasting family memories!

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