Drive-Ins aren't just a thing of the past in Arkansas, and they are a great way to pass some time in the late summer or fall. It feels more like an adventure than a normal movie, and the three drive-in theaters in Arkansas cater to families by showing mostly family-friendly films. All of them are a little drive from Little Rock, so call in advance (or check their website) to confirm hours and films.
Drive-In Theater Tips
- Most of our drive-ins only take cash. They don't process credit cards because it adds to the price of the movie. Be sure to bring cash for the price of the movie and concessions.
- Dress comfortably. Sometimes, the venues show double features. You are going to be in the car for a while. Kids can wear PJs and bring blankets and their favorite stuffed animals. It's like having a slumber party in the car.
- Bring blankets and pillows. Some people camp out in their hatchback or truck bed. You are also usually allowed to set up lawn chairs and blankets as long... as you don't take up more than one parking spot.
- If you plan to sit outside your car, don't forget the bug spray. Mosquitoes can be awful during the nicest parts of the year.
- Most of the drive-ins have concessions, but you can bring your own snacks or a picnic dinner. This is a great idea, especially for the double features.
- Drive-in movies typically don't start until it is dark, so June is probably not the best time to go (you'll be up all night). Late August or early spring are great times to visit when it won't be unreasonably late when the movie starts.
- Get there early. Most of our drive-ins are only open a few days a week, so they can get pretty crowded. If you want a good parking spot, show up a little bit early (contact the theater to see how early they open up, it varies).
- Most drive-ins don't use the clunky speakers anymore. Most broadcast directly into your car radio. You can bring a portable, battery-powered radio or an MP3 player with a radio band to conserve battery life.
- Alcohol is not allowed at most drive-ins and you will be escorted out if you're caught drinking so leave the alcohol at home.
Don't forget our free movies in the park for another unique experience in the summer.
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Kenda Drive In is the closest to Little Rock, and the oldest drive-in in Arkansas. They even still use the old style speakers (they also broadcast on the radio if you don't want to use them). It's located at US-65 in Marshall, AR 72650. It's about 2 hours from Little Rock. They show mostly kid and family movies with a double feature occasionally. They do some fun promotional things too. They are usually only open a few days a week, but they have a schedule on their website. Cash or check only, no debit/credit. Admission is $6.00 for adults and $2.00 for kids. Full concessions are available. Kenda is open year round. They have lots of space for kids to play before the movie.
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Stone Drive-In is also only a two-hour drive Little Rock, in Mountain View. It's off of 87 next to water tower (directions) They have a very basic website with the just the showtimes and movie information, and a very basic drive-in composed of a large screen, a small concession building and posts for speakers. They are open daily during the spring and summer, but only have limited concessions (popcorn and drinks) during the week. Full concessions are available on the weekends. Admission is $5 for adults and $2 for kids. Cash only.
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The furthest from Arkansas (but still only 3 hours away if you take the main freeway) is the 112 Drive-In in Fayetteville at 3352 Arkansas 112, Fayetteville, AR 72702. They have the most elaborate concession stand of the drive-in theaters. They are open spring and summer, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Admission is $9.00 for adults and $4 for kids 12 and under. Cash only. Check their website to make sure they are open for the season.