Drive-In Theatres in the Georgia Mountains

64 Responses

  1. Aparna says:

    I seem to be getting to know Georgia better than I know my own state. You write so wonderfully that one feels like reading it all. This one for example wasn’t for me really, but I still read through the whole article. 

    Kudos to you. You should really use these skills further. Write a book or two perhaps. 



    • Alyce says:

      Hi Aps, Thanks for the sweet words about the website and the encouragement to write a book. I hope to get one published soon!

  2. Rick Hanna says:

    I heard that Drive In’s were coming back so I had to check it out and glad I did. It’s hard to believe drive in’s today are getting sold out when back in the 90’s any left open were struggling to stay afloat. In my area, they had all closed down by the late ’80s. The thing about the movie Need For Speed was cool.

    And Tiger Drive-In sounds like they got it together for some time. And they even have campers you can rent out or a site for your own. What a great idea. Good to see them coming back, thanks for the info on Drive In’s.

    • Alyce says:

      Hi Rick, It has been nice to see the jump in popularity of drive-in theatres over the past year. I hope that the trend continues!

  3. Sunny says:

    Well I would love to have a chance to visit drive-in theaters in Georgia Mountains. That sounds like a lifetime experience indeed. We don’t have drive-in theatres In my country and I believe that we can’t find them anywhere in Europe neither. It’s an American thing. And it’s the best!!! Hopefully, I will try it one day! Thanks 🙂 

    • Alyce says:

      Hi Sunny, Drive-in theatres certainly provide a unique way to see a movie. There aren’t as many of them around as there used to be, so it’s nice to get a chance to enjoy the ones that are still around!

  4. Justin says:

    Hello there, many times I have thought of going to the Georgia mountain because I have heard a lot of great stuff about this place and I feel really happy seeing more about it here. Also, it would be a pleasure to go with some of my friends when the lockdown is down and it would be all fun. I’ll bookmark this article and get back to it when it’s time 

  5. Nath says:

    Thank you for giving information’s in here about the Georgia mountains. Though I never had the full intention to explore these much but definitely you are giving more information that will help in planning trip and decide a lot more of things for me while in there. Good one on the overall. 

  6. Suz says:

    Oh well, there seems to be a good array of  theatres in Georgia that I can take a travel to and honestly, it makes me really happy that you can tell me so much about it. It would be very nice for me to enjoy some nice movies there. I’m waiting for the perfect time to go to Georgia. Do you think the festive seasons are perfect?

  7. evansese says:

    hello dear,
    This was a fun read. Thanks for sharing such an awesome post about drive-in theaters in the Georgia mountains…sincerely speaking I have never visited the theaters in Georgia mountain but after reading this I am convinced that I need to take of the next opportunity I can to pay visit to the Georgia mountains…
    thanks for sharing

  8. Oscar says:

    Hello there, I must say that this is a great information on the topic of drive in theaters in the Georgia mountains. This is indeed a great history in these places that combines nostalgia with modern entertainment options. Anyways I haven’t yet been to the drive in theaters in the Georgia mountains before, but I really think the swan drive in theater in Blue Ridge, Ga is the best option for me. The prices are fair and it’s policies work for me.

  9. ChrisQueen says:

    The drive in movie is definitely a great way to enjoy a family evening.  With eleven grandchildren by 3 daughters and the added benefit of one of their gramma’s being part owner of the drive in about 3 miles from our house we go often for bupus per carload.  

    I’m not even sure anymore what they charge.  The young ones enjoy the playground up near the screen until the movie starts.  I just looked to see what’s playing tonight.  

    I think this post is great.  It speaks to the changes that have come in our world and might be a look to the future as the crive in is much more pandemic proof than the indoor theater.  Somehow we always enjoy the drive in a lot more that indoors which we rarely do.  

    I have a cousin who owns an indoor theater in a small town out in the prairie.  Probably been a hard couple of months for him in regard to business. 

    I like your regional worldview you share with us here.  A very refreshing picture of culture.  Thank you.  Chris 


  10. Skuchmane says:

    It does make sense to me that drive-in theaters would be a great business to help people get out of the house, yet still maintain some distance in order to comply with social distancing recommendations. It’s an interesting business and it will be interesting to watch and see if this trend sticks around for a while or fades when regular theaters start to open back up again. 

    Thanks for sharing the details about hours for Tiger Drive-In and the Swan Drive-In. I’m looking forward to going out for a movie on a Saturday night again!

    • Alyce says:

      These drive-in theaters have been a part of their North Georgia communities for decades, so it’s great to see that they are getting such strong support as they reopen their doors for business. 

      I hope you have a great time at the movie.

  11. hillarydandy says:

    Hello there! Georgia Drive in theaters are really fun although I’ve only been to the Swan drive in theater, It wasn’t a  disappointing experience one bit. I would definitely recommend this place to anyone who is looking for a place to have fun with their family.

    Thanks for always keeping us informed on amazing recreational places.

    • Alyce says:

      Excellent to hear that you had a great time when you went to the Swan Drive-In Theatre to see a movie. It’s been around for a long time and it’s really nice to know that so many people have fond memories there! Thanks for sharing.

  12. Mojisola Kupolati (Debbie) says:

    I have only been hearing and reading about drive-in theatres, but haven’t had the opportunity to experience it. From reading your article I have the feeling that the drive-in theatres in the Georgia Mountains could be an amazing experience. The Tiger Drive-in Theatre is especially attractive with modest pricing and provision for camping which is also at a modest cost. I am going to make a plan with a group of friends.

    • Alyce says:

      Hi Debbie, This is the perfect activity to enjoy with a group of friends. I hope you all find a great movie to enjoy together at the drive-in!

  13. Sami says:

    Reminds me of when we were growing up in the south edge if the “Plains” farming area. We had a drive-in movie theatre.  2 movie theatres in downtown as well.  Many little farm towns had a drive-in theatre.  How ever, changing times involving lifestyle changes and declining population helped the doors close on first on, then many years later, the other.  With the availability of TV with all the movies at our fingertips, it is now too much trouble for most of us to go to the movies in a theatre as we once did.  

    The addition of the overnight facility for camping was an interesting addition as well.  The vintage RV Camp trailers were fun to see. The movies were a serious business when we were young and everyone planned the weekend around what was showing at the theatres.  Such a carefree time for me.  The food was never the main attraction of my memory.  A cold Dr Pepper or Coca-Cola were our choices. A small box of popcorn.   Maybe there was coffee?  Not important to a teenager.  Different times.  Thank you for the walk back in time. I am sure there will be more fun memories where the area residents have access to a drive-in movie theatre. 

    • Alyce says:

      Hi Sami, Those sound like wonderful memories. 

      I’m happy that the Georgia mountains are still able provide a variety of different options for all-ages entertainment. The economy has had it’s ups and downs over the decades, but new agricultural industries (vineyards, orchards, etc) have helped to bring some life into these great small towns and beautiful natural spaces. 

  14. Jeedajoy says:

    Don’t know what to say as I felt a sudden sweep of freshness and serenity. I live in the Middle East and was hoping to visit the US as I’ve been all around to Europe, before spread of covid-19 and the whole world kind of stopped!
    I’ve even searched top states to visit in the US, and now I’m impressed with what you’re providing in here. Such a beautiful place and idea. I feel much better now than before reading your blog. I’ve checked some ads of interest as well!

    • Alyce says:

      It is a definite challenge to put travel plans on hold for the coronavirus pandemic, but worth it to help flatten the curve and save lives. 

      I’m so glad that you found your way to Ga Mountains Guide and have found some things of interest to add to your trip itinerary! Let me know if you come up with any questions as you plan your trip to the US. Georgia is a wonderful state to visit and includes cities, rural areas, oceans, and my favorite… the mountains!

  15. Shell says:

    I’ve always loved the idea of drive-in movies, even though they have never been as popular in the UK are in the US. I imagine that’s due to our very changeable and often not very pleasant weather! However, with the easing of lockdown initiatives here, I can see a rise in popularity of drive-in cinemas, as people starved for outside entertainment can still get their fix, and at the same time remain at safe social distances.

    • Alyce says:

      Hi Shell, These drive-in theaters in the Georgia mountains are fortunate to have weather that is cooperative / good for movies for 3 seasons out of the year. Business has definitely picked up for these theaters as coronavirus concerns are keeping people out of traditional theaters.

  16. Zach says:

    Holy cow! we just moved here and we did not know about all these drive-ins and wineries. We are in Lula and can you recommend to us a drive-in around us? We haven’t been to one since we were teenagers and would really love to go to one. We plan on hitting Sweet Acre Farms this weekend do they have wine and cheese tasting? Thanks for a very informational website, we will bookmark yours for our weekend relaxation time.

    • Alyce says:

      Hi Zach, Welcome to the area! I hope you’re getting settled in nicely and will enjoy exploring the mountains that are just to the North of you!!

      The Tiger Drive-In is located 42 miles from Lula, so it will be the closer of these two drive-ins.

      The Swan Drive-In (in Blue Ridge) is located 74 miles from Lula, which would be about an hour and forty minute scenic drive.

      I have not been to Sweet Acre Farms in Alto, but their website states that they will be open with regular hours beginning 5/30/2020 with outdoor seating and flights, glasses, bottles, or wine slushies for purchase / tasting.

  17. yawehbass says:

    How many drive in theaters are left in Georgia?

    Georgia Drive-in Theaters
    Back in the middle of the 1950’s, Georgia hosted about 130 drive-ins at its peak as a drive-in state. But the state was not spared the downward trend and has only 5 drive-ins that remain operational.

    What state has the most drive in theaters?

    New York (49), Pennsylvania (45), Ohio (44) and California (44) offer the most drive-ins, according to the association. Alaska, Delaware, Hawaii, Louisiana and North Dakota didn’t have any drive-in theaters as of 2019

    • Alyce says:

      Thanks for sharing a little more history about these nostalgic relics still scattered about the US. 

      Drive-in theaters are a wonderful thing to experience and it’s great to know that they can be found in the Georgia mountains and all around the country!

  18. diddydanny says:

    Hello there thanks for sharing this information about how to get out during social distancing restrictions.  Really cool going through the whole information about drive-in movie theaters in the Northeast Georgia mountains. The Tiger drive in policy seems super cool, I really do want to  visit this place and check out the neat vintage camper setups!

  19. LineCowley says:

    Hi Alyce, I didn’t know drive-in theaters still existed, so this is great to see. I grew up in South Africa and we used to go to a drive-in to watch movies, but as suburbia spread and development into the coutryside grew, it died away and houses were built on the land. So this brings back great memories. 

    We used to have to park in a specific alotted spot next to a metal pole and there would be a speaker attached to the pole. You had to open the window and hang the speaker over the window, facing it inwards so that you could pick up the sound.  It was invariably full of static, but as kids we loved it. Now you just tune into your car radio!

    Great to see that these two in Georgia are still operational and you can even camp overnight at Tiger Drive-in. A drive-in theater is something you should sure give a try.

    • Alyce says:

      It’s amazing to think of how few drive-in theaters are still open when compared to their peak! 

  20. Vincent says:

    Hi Alyce,

    I enjoyed reading all the practical information you provide in this article. This covid-19 pandemic gives us a perfect reason to go to a drive-in theater. More than ever, planning the experience is important to if we want to get the most out of it. All the details you mention are particularly helpful. 

    I am from Chicago and had a few opportunities to fly to Atlanta for business before, but never took the time to take a vacation trip to Georgia.  A friend of mine recently moved not far from your beautiful region. When time allows, I will definitely plan a visit.  I have bookmarked your great site as a resource.


  21. Philebur says:

    Hello there, thanks for sharing this great idea here with us. I really enjoy going through this information about the drive in theatres in Georgia mountains. The extra info about what to take is very helpful. I really do fancy this place and i think it would be a great idea to go for a visit when this whole pandemic is over. Thanks for sharing.

    • Alyce says:

      It’s certainly been a challenge for so many of us to adjust our Spring and Summer plans due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We are definitely hoping that the restrictions can be safely lifted soon.

  22. petergeorge5666 says:

    Hi there, thanks for sharing these great article here with us it has been a a great experience for me and I hope that other will want to visit the Georgia mountains. One of the cool spot to have fun at its maximum. You have some beautiful pictures to take when you visit. I can wait for the world to get back to normal 

    • Alyce says:

      The Georgia mountains are full of naturally beautiful outdoor spaces and are indeed quite photogenic! Getting back to normal sounds great. Until then, we’ll do the best we can with socially distanced options like drive-in movies!

  23. loveremma says:

    question number one; who is the author of this movie.can i download this movie without paying or going on through stress.

    question number 2 this movie look’s insteresting can it be of a lesson to the word.

    question number 3 in which group of movie does this movie belong to. my opinion is to the promoter to keep on pushing.

    • Alyce says:

      Hi loveremma,

      1. The theaters show different movies with different authors, some of which are considered “first run” and only available in theaters
      2. Inspiration and lessons are often found in unexpected places — including movies and blog comments
      3. This group of movies falls into the category of “movies you can watch on a big screen outside in the Georgia mountains”


  24. AlyseS says:

    Great article!  So interesting your article on Drive-In Theaters in the North Georgia Mountains.  I learned something new today.  I would love to go to the Drive-In theaters on a visit to North Georgia as there isn’t a drive in near my home.  It’s also really awesome that pets are allowed!  Thank you for sharing!

    • Alyce says:

      These drive-in theaters are definitely one of the best ways to spend a fun night with the whole family — including the pets!

  25. evansese says:

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    • Alyce says:

      Thanks so much – it’s great to hear that you enjoy the blog content about the amazing ways to have fun in the North Georgia mountains!!

  26. Imelda says:

    What a great article and perfect timing that might be able to revive outside theatres. This article reminded me of films such as Grease which is my only experience of outside drive ins. We have outside Cinemas in the UK but none where you can drive in so I hope they bring in over here.

    I like the link with all the equipment which is something I would use for our outside Cinemas and concerts. Nothing better than an organised picnic with chairs and blankets etc I know full well if I was able to bring the car I would get the back inflatable seat if we had them here.

    Thank you for sharing

    • Alyce says:

      Hi Imelda, it’s definitely a great time to consider drive-in movie theaters as a way to support local businesses while still maintaining recommended safe distances from others.

  27. JJ says:

    Wow. thank you for this review. It has been ages since i have been to a drive-in theatre and your descriptions bring back my younger days of outings with friends and family, when the kids were small. On reading through the regular and the new features, I can see that I need to pay a visit. With all the rules on crowds it would be an enjoyable outing for all of us. Thanks for the information.

    • Alyce says:

      You’re most welcome JJ for the information about the local drive-in theaters in North Georgia. Enjoy the show!

  28. evans says:

    quite an awesome and intriguing review with got here on theaters in Georgia mountains… I must say that I did really enjoy reading through this preview and I do look forward to paying a visit to Georgia mountain sometime soon…

    thanks for sharing, am off to share in my blog

    • Alyce says:

      Hi evans, Thanks so much for sharing this information about the Georgia mountain drive-in movie theaters with your readers!

  29. Nuttanee says:

    Thanks for sharing all the drive in theater spots! I guess we have to thank the covid-19 a bit for making the drive in theater a come back, to be honest I love going to the drive in theater when I was younger, I had the best time with my family and friends. 

    Tiger drive in seems like a fun place to be, I love the fact that you can camp on site as well, that is fun. Thanks again for the info and stay safe. 

    • Alyce says:

      Hi Nuttanee, I definitely feel like my times at the drive-in were a little bit extra fun when compared to regular movie theaters. There’s just something so welcoming about the fun spirit, fresh air, and reasonable cost that makes it a great choice. 

      It it definitely nice to see that there are still people enjoying the unique experience of watching a film at a drive-in movie theater!

  30. Samikingss says:

    Well seeing a movie is  a good way to unwind after a hard days work and with this corona virus pandemic still very much around a drive in cinema is the best way to observe social distancing. I like the way this whole thing sounds. Georgia is a beautiful place and a drive in cinema on the mountains is not a bad idea at all. Thanks for this very wonderful article review. 

  31. Sheddy Ovb says:

    Heloo over there, a big thanks to you for sharing this insightful and informative post on theaters in the Georgia mountains. I have been longing to get more information about the swan drive in theater. I am glad that all the informations that I was seeking for are well loaded in this article. Thanks for sharing. I will definitely visit your site some other time.

    Interesting post, well done.

  32. Jomata says:

    Hello there,  thank so much to this very detailed an informative post,  I have never visisted the theaters in georgia mountains,  and this review seem to be everything I need to be convinced to visit one of these theaters because I have always had it in mind to visit there with my family.  Thanks to sharing.

    • Alyce says:

      Drive-in theaters are a special treat and likely the safest way to see a movie while practicing the recommended current social distancing protocols. I hope you and your family have a great time at the drive-in!

  33. Philebur says:

    Hello there, thanks for sharing this informative review here with us. I really did enjoy going through this review as it contains all one needs to know before checking in here and i think this is a great place to get started with after this whole covid19 issues, going to this theater would really be entertaining, thanks for sharing

  34. mondayjosep says:

    Hello dear and thanks for sharing the helpful information. This pretty much answers all of the questions that I’ve had about visiting the drive-in theaters. Seems like a great outing to cap a fun day in the Georgia mountains. It’s very helpful to know how busy the drive-ins have been lately. I would not have dreamed that we’d need to arrive so early to secure a space, so this was very helpful to know. I appreciate the top notch content (I already saved the site / page to come back for reference).

    • Alyce says:

      With the reduced capacity at the drive-in theaters combined with the closure of other options, the drive-ins have been a very popular choice. It’s a unique experience and as long as you are prepared to hang out at the theater while you wait for the movie to start, you’re certain to have a great time!

  35. Michel says:

    Wow, it is certainly a long time since I visited a drive-in theater. I remember doing it often while growing up, but sadly there are very few of these left in South Africa, as most of them have closed down.

    I will definitely make a plan to visit one again when I visit the US which will hopefully be in the next two years. I think it must be difficult to compete for these theaters, so the public needs to support them if they don’t want to lose them. What do you think a theater could do that is different to keep customers coming back for more?

    • Alyce says:

      Hi Michel, Hmm, what could a theater do that is unique?? The drive-in experience is already a little more intense than a standard theater, but it’s smart for them to still work on staying innovative. It’s not uncommon for people to dress up as characters from the movie or deck themselves out with dazzling glow sticks. This often happens organically at a drive-in, but might be even more fun if a dress-up event was promoted by the theater too!

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