5 Dog-Friendly Drive-In Theaters in Minnesota
5 Dog-Friendly Drive-In Theaters in Minnesota

Drive-in theaters gained popularity in the 1950s and have become a part of our collective nostalgic memories. Minnesota had about 80 Drive-in Movie Theaters in the 1950s. Many of the Drive-In theaters have gone by the wayside over the years, often becoming housing and shopping locations. 

Throughout the USA, there are about 330 remaining drive-in movie theaters. This slice of Americana remains about the same as it has since drive-ins first appeared except for trading old film projectors for digital ones. As of the 2019 season, Minnesota has six drive-in movie theaters, and five are pet friendly. 

As the weather warms up, this is a great time to take family, friends, and well-behaved dogs out to see a movie! Remember to support the theater by purchasing some classic movie snacks, relaxing, watching the sunset, and enjoying the show. 

Vali Hi Drive-In
Where: 11260 Hudson Blvd, Lake Elmo, MN 55042 
Phone: 651-436-7464
Website: http://valihi.com/
Dogs: Yes! Dogs must be on leash when they are out of your vehicle, and you must pick up after your dog. 

The Vali-Hi Drive-in theater originally opened in 1966. Vali-Hi only accepts cash, but there is an ATM on the property if customers forget to bring some money. There is an arcade featuring a variety of games, a retro inspired black-and-white photo booth, and a miniature Harley motorcycle for children to ride.  

Starlite Drive-In 5
Where: 28264 Highway 22, Litchfield, MN 55355 
Phone: 320-693-6990 
Website: http://www.starlitemovies.com/
Dogs: Yes! Pets must be under your direct control and responsibility at all times. They must be on a leash when not secured in your vehicle, and we ask that you clean up after them. 

The Starlite Drive-in 5 initially opened in 1955, boasting just a single screen at the time of outdoor theater. Due to a lack of business, the drive-in closed in 1981 and remained empty until 1997 when new owners purchased the property. The Starlite Drive-in re-opened in 1998 after restoration by the new owners. During the renovation, the owner added three more large outdoor movie screens. Cash or checks only for admission and concessions.  

Long Drive-In
Where: 24257 Riverside Dr, Long Prairie, MN 56347 
Phone: 320-732-3142
Website: http://thelongdrivein.com/
Dogs: Yes! Dogs are welcome as long as they aren't disturbing anyone, must be on leash when they are out of your vehicle, and you must pick up after your dog. 

The Long Drive-in Theater is a single-screen outdoor movie theater that first opened back in the year 1956. Open only on the weekends, and the Long Drive-In allows "stay over" camping on the property. Guests can pitch their tents, watch a film, and then settle in for the night and get some sleep. Outside food isn't allowed, so bring cash for snacks, especially if you're planning on camping. 

Verne Drive-In
Where: 327 West Warren St, Luverne MN 56156 
Phone: 507-283-0007
Website: https://vernedriveintheater.com/
Dogs: Yes! Dogs are welcome as long as they aren't disturbing anyone, must be on leash when they are out of your vehicle, and you must pick up after your dog. 

The Verne Drive-In Theater was built in the 1950s and remodeled to add a two-story concession stand, a party room for rent, and a new ticket building. The screen was repainted, and trees planted to surround the theater, which holds 300 to 350 vehicles. The theater broadcasts its sound through regular car radios via an antenna located on top of the concession stand.

Sky-Vu Drive-In
Where: 1 Minnesota 1, Warren, MN 56762 
Phone: 218-745-4161
Website: https://www.skyvumovies.com/
Dogs: Yes! Dogs are welcome as long as they aren't disturbing anyone, must be on leash when they are out of your vehicle, and you must pick up after your dog. 

The Sky-Vu Drive-in is a single screen outdoor movie venue with a maximum capacity of 180 vehicles. The Sky-Vu is one of the more intimate, smaller drive-in theaters in operation. The Sky-Vu is open on a seasonal basis, showing current releases every night of the week during the summer season. The Snack Bar serves a variety of food, as well as candy and drinks.