Loveland Drive-In Movie Theater, Not Just for Kids

When I first heard about the pop-up movie theater in Loveland, I was skeptical. It seemed like it was only for families and I am not a mommy blogger. I don’t even have children (well, not the human variety).

Loveland Drive-In Screen
Loveland Drive-In at The Outlets at Loveland. Courtesy photo.

However, when I saw the movie lineup for the first weekend, I thought this might not be too bad. I was still wrong—it was great!

Loveland is 45 minutes north of Denver and 45 minutes south of Cheyenne. It still feels like a smallish city but it is in the middle of it all. I’ve lived here for 17 years, so I should know.

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The popup movie theater is at the Outlets at Loveland and here’s how it works. Movies play three times a day, Friday through Sunday. They show at 9 a.m., 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. While the earlier movies are G or PG, at 8 p.m., the films are PG13. 

Loveland Drive-In Wide Shot
Loveland Drive-In courtesy photo.

You may be asking, how can a drive-in show movies in the day? It is the obvious question. The screen has some super-advanced technology—basically, it’s a magical screen. Just know that you can watch daytime movies here without any problems. 

Tickets are available for the upcoming weekend’s shows at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesdays.

The evening we attended, we watched “School of Rock” which I don’t think I’d seen since it came out in 2003. It is stellar and sounded great on the radio. We sat in the back of my husband’s truck and enjoyed barbeque sliders from Sweaty Moose. We also munched on a bag of kettle corn from the Heaven’s Choice Popcorn. 

Loveland Drive-In food truck food
A BBQ chicken slider and a drive-in movie.

Food options at Loveland Dine-In include various food trucks, the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, and Heaven’s Choice. Go HERE to see a list of what is available.

Loveland Drive In Sweaty Moose
Sweaty Moose at the Loveland Drive-In. Courtesy photo.

This upcoming weekend (June 12,13,14) the films are “Secret Life of Pets,” “Secret Life of Pets 2,” “Shark Tale,” “Dirty Dancing,” “The Burbs,” and “Clue.” Each weekend there will be different movies. A good place to keep tabs on what movies are playing is on the drive-in’s Facebook page.

This entire event is being hosted by My Big Day Events, LLC as a fundraiser for Thompson Education Foundation. A donation of $20 per car is suggested when tickets are on sale HERE. Remember, tickets for the upcoming weekend go on sale Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m.

Loveland Drive-In popcorn
Heaven’s Choice Popcorn. Courtesy photo.

Honestly, it was the most fun we’d had in a long time thanks to COVID-19 and being stuck at home. Plus, while kids will LOVE it, it’s a perfect Loveland night out for adults too.

Loveland Drive-In Website
Loveland Drive-In on Facebook


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  1. This is so awesome! I think Palisade needs one!


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