How to Create a Drive In Movie at Home

Create a Drive in Movie At Home -

We love to take our boys to old fashioned diners, classic car shows, and introduce them to oldie but goodie toys like Lincoln Logs.  In our opinion, sometimes nothing can beat the good old days.  So we brainstormed a way to bond as a family through one of our favorite childhood experiences:  Going to a drive in movie.Since drive in movie theaters are few and far between in Chicagoland, we decided to make our own drive in movie at home.

The set up was so incredibly easy.

First of all, find a big box, laundry basket, or Tupperware container.

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Next, cover the container with colored construction paper.

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Add four black paper circles to serve as tires.

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Cut out two small yellow circles as your headlights.

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Add eyeballs using white paper circles and/or a black marker.  Don’t forget the smile!

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Add a small paper plate steering wheel with a ton of tape!

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Add license plates.  If only my real car had this license plate…

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Classic Movies

Now that you have your cars ready for the drive in theatre, it is time to pick out a great classic movie.  I know that there are a ton of great family friendly movies such as Frozen and Despicable Me, but I want my boys to know about some of the great movies of my childhood.

Animated Flicks

The Jungle Book



101 Dalmatians

Sleeping Beauty

Peter Pan


Traditional Movies

The Muppet Movie

The Flintstones

Honey, I Shrunk The Kids

The Parent Trap

The Mighty Ducks


Now pop some popcorn and starting making some amazing family memories!

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Enjoy the movies!
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  1. Kirsten says

    What a cute idea! Makes me wish my kids were smaller so they could actually fit in those bins. Love your movie recommendations too, “The Jungle Book” is one of my all time favorites!

  2. Ann-Marie says

    When I scroll through photos of my 3 kids as toddlers I found so many when they were in baskets and bins! What a fun idea to imagine the bins as cars, for a drive-in movie.

  3. Nikki says

    Great idea. I live in the Fort Wayne area and we have a drive in within 20 miles of our home, but we have never been. It was much more fun when I was younger, cars were roomy and the front seats were benches. Ha! I sound like my mother! Good for you creating great memories.

    • amandasimkin says

      Oh the good old days….bench seats and none of those annoying seat belts to get in the way! 😉

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