Movies are just about one of the most iconic date night ideas you can have. Whether it’s the camaraderie, the popcorn, or the stories happening on screen, there’s really something special about it that makes a night out truly enjoyable. But some people want to enjoy the night sky and an outdoor atmosphere while they watch films. Others like the comfort of their car, and luckily, there’s an option for that. Drive-ins and other outdoor theaters are perfect for when you want to do a little something different on a warm desert night. Keep reading to learn about some good outdoor movie spots in the Phoenix area!
5650 N 55th Ave, Glendale, AZ 85301
It’s a classic move. Finding a drive-in theater means getting to enjoy a night of entertainment without having to leave the comfort of your car. If you’re looking to really make a night of it, you can even find time for a double feature, rather than staying for only one film. You can sit in for Nope and Jurassic World: Dominion in quick succession or you can start with a single showing before driving off for a meal. Whatever you choose to do, the Glendale drive-in is a great choice!
The Westin Tempe, 11 E 7th St, Tempe, AZ 85281
Every Sunday night, you can expect to enjoy a movie night at Skysill Rooftop Lounge. In fact, as a local, you can enjoy free popcorn, whether or not you are staying at The Westin Tempe as a guest. If you stop by Cup of Joe, the hotel’s coffee bar on the first floor, you can stock up on other snacks and coffee for the showing — which starts promptly at 7:30 p.m. Be sure to email the hotel ahead of time if you’re interested in learning what film will play at this time.
15449 N Hayden Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85260
What’s better than enjoying a drive-in theater showing? Doing that with takeout from your favorite restaurants! If you decide to show up at Sonora Village for a night out, get your dinner first and show your same-day receipt to the ticketing personnel when you buy your car’s ticket. You’ll be glad you did, as spending over $20 for a date night dinner — be it Potbelly, Rubio’s, or Ray’s Pizza — will get you $20 refunded from your movie ticket! How’s that for an awesome deal?
Anywhere you like!
If you’re looking to do something extravagant for your special someone’s birthday party, why not bring the movies to them? Your date doesn’t always have to be somewhere else — you can use your own backyard if you like! Celestial Nights rents screens, projectors, blankets, and more to make it easy to enjoy a screening wherever you like. You can even choose to only rent the projector if you have a good screen at home already!