The Shelton Skyline Drive-In is one of only five remaining drive-in movie theaters in Washington and one of less than 300 left nationwide. Along with their sister theatre - a cosy indoor cinema downtown that offers a full concession (even lattes) (and the downtown Shelton Cinema offers FREE movies on Mondays for kids all summer) — movie lovers don’t have to go far for quality entertainment.
** Note: Free Movies on Mondays are at the Shelton Cinemas (Franklin St) not at the Skyline Drive-In — see below for a full list of screenings. **
Shelton’s Skyline Drive In Theatre
The theatre was opened in 1964 to great excitement. Just off Hwy 101, the theatre accommodated over 350 cars and featured a full service concession stand including a “surprisingly good” burger. The theater quickly became a key location to take your date or your whole family. The opening night movie was Disney’s Lady and the Tramp. Apart from a period of steamy adult movies in the 70’s, awkwardly remembered by local residents, the theater has showed feature films for over fifty years and routinely celebrate classics including a decade plus tradition of the annual showing of the Rocky Horror Picture Show. In 2011, the theater nearly was shut down when it needed to modernize its screen from 35 millimeter film to digital. Thanks to a robust Kickstarter campaign, the funds and the theater was saved. “(The theater) is a monumental part of our community,” reported Jake Luplow, a local reporter, “it allows for the ‘old’ to be renewed within each and every one of us.”
Apart from being a novel and nostalgic experience, the Skyline Drive-In is a great value. General admission (12 and up) is $8; Children 6-11 just $3; while kids 5 and under are free. is supported by the fully stocked Concession stand, so bring your appetite as well as all your friends and family. Pets are also welcome on leashes while outside your vehicle. The show starts at dusk, rain or shine, with the movie’s soundtrack is broadcasted on a radio frequency (89.1 FM). Open daily; check website for movie showings.
Shelton Cinemas in Downtown Shelton
Prefer a cushioned seat in a intimate theatre? Then Shelton Cinemas on Franklin Street has you covered! Playing all the latest releases, and offering daily matinees for just $6… not to mention a killer concession stand with great prices, super buttery popcorn, and lots of other treats to tempt your tastebuds.
Free Movie Mondays for Kids at the Shelton Cinema Downtown
The Shelton Cinemas (not Drive-In) also offers a summer movie program with free family movies every Monday at 11 AM! Doors open at 10:30 AM. Admission by donation only. Concession Specials — $1 hotdog, $1 popcorn, $1 pop ( all three for $2.50!).
July 1 Secret Life of Pets 1
July 8 Dumbo
July 15 Monsters Inc
July 22 Trolls
July 29 Jumanji (1995)
August 5 Land Before Time ( 30th anniversary)
August 12 Big Hero 6
August 19 Incredibles 2
August 26 Paddington