Visit these drive-in theaters for movies under the stars this fall

Drive-in movies are the quintessential American summer, but fall may be better.

There are several drive-in theaters in the Edwardsville area this fall with all sorts of special events to choose from. So grab the kids, snacks and drinks, and get ready for the cooler-weather outdoor movies.

Litchfield Skyview Drive-In is located at 1500 Old Rte 66 N in Litchfield. The shop is open until the end of October. The drive-in opened in 1950 and is one of four original drive-ins nationwide still on Route 66 and the only one in Illinois.

In addition to the classic double features every weekend, the location offers several special events. From September 29th to October 1st, the drive-in theater will host the Route 66 Litchfield Skyview Carnival with games, rides, vendors and more.

“And if you have a dog, bring the pup and come to our free show, ‘A Dog’s Way Home,’ on October 9 at 7 p.m.,” said owner Mindy Pastrovich. “Exxon Mobile One is sponsoring a Guinness Book event to set the world record for most dogs at a show. One hundred and twenty is the number to beat.”

Litchfield Skyview tickets are $7 per person, and children 5 and under are free. Visit their website for more information and what’s playing each weekend

Skyview Drive In ( at 5700 North Belt West in Belleville has been owned by the same family since 1949. The two-screen drive-in theater often shows new movies like The Woman King and Don’t Worry Darling.

For the past 20 years, the drive-in cinema has ended its season with a “Slash Fest” on the last weekend of October.

“We show family-friendly horror films on one screen and ‘hardcore’ horror films on the other. It’s always a lot of fun,” said owner Steve Bloomers.

Skyview Drive-In Belleville tickets are $13 per adult. One child under 12 is free with each paying adult, each additional child is $3.

After seeing the fall colors at Johnson’s Shut-ins or at Elephant Rocks State Park in Missouri, a double feature on one of the two screens at the Starlite Drive-in at 15605 MO-21 in Cadet, MO is one way to end the day break up. The Starlite Drive-In is guaranteed to be open until the end of October and may be extended until Christmas depending on visitor numbers.

“The shorter days mean we can start filming earlier. They will be getting off at a more reasonable time than summer,” said owner Doug Mercille.

One event to look forward to is the second annual Trunk or Treat and Car Show on Saturday 29th October from 4pm to 6pm

Double show tickets are $11 for adults and $4 for children, or $20 for a cartload when purchased online (

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