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“First experience of a drive-in” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Smith's Ranch Drive-In

Smith's Ranch Drive-In
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Blackpool, England
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61 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
“First experience of a drive-in”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 June 2012

Our first time to a drive-in movie was one of the highlights of our holiday. Arrived in queue and tuned radio to station as advised, paid ($5 each for 2 movies!!!), picked a spot and waited. People arriving with chairs, blow up furniture, blankets, etc etc all prepared for the evening. Popcorn, pizza, hotdogs, sodas, sandwiches, etc etc were all available to buy and very reasonable prices. Films were recent (not what we would have chosen- but we had gone for the experience not the film) and we found it to be excellent value and a really enjoyable experience. We will definatley be doing it again but next time we will take chairs.

Visited June 2012
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Yucca Valley, California
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87 reviews
40 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
“Thank Heavens there is still a remaining Drive-in!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 May 2012

I grew up going to drive ins to see all the movies, especially Disney. So, this is definitely a throwback to my childhood. I don't know how Smith's Ranch keeps their prices so low. But, $5 for a double feature, who can beat that?! And, the snacks are reasonable as well. You haven't experienced fun until you've watched a movie outside!

Visited February 2012
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29 Palms
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36 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Classic”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2011

One of the few last remaining outdoor movie theaters in the US of A. Inexpensive way to see the most current movies in the area. For blockbusters, be sure to get there at least an hour before the show since the car line can be extemely long.

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1 Thank StraightBlue2
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cali
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“beautiful desert sky”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 July 2009

The sky is so beautiful in the desert as we watch movies from chairs outside our vehicle we often see shooting stars! The staff is wonderful and the prices are great. The drive in is a good way to make lasting family memories!

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Houma, LA
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2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“"Surf's Up" @ Smith's Ranch Drive In”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 August 2007

While visiting our USMC son in California we treated ourselves to a visit to Smith's Ranch Drive In at Twenty-Nine Palms CA. It was a fantastic evening. We live in Louisiana so we lost our drive in YEARS ago - from lack of use AND over-bearing mosquitos. How refreshing to enjoy a movie at a drive-in without having to anchor yourself down to avoid being carried off by the stinging winged beasts! It was a bit strange though to not have the old timey mosquito pics smoking on the window rim. We settled in with HUGE cokes in old time real plastic collectors cups - really large buckets or popcorn, and chocolate bars - (we really did come to see the movie - not just to eat!). Believe it or not, the prices of the goodies seemed like a flash-back to the 60's as well - amazingly low prices! The three of us, all adults, settled in and laughed our way through the animated show "Surf's Up" - Great movie - go see it for the fun and for the underlying lesson. If you find yourself in the area - pay Smith's Ranch Drive In a visit - I PROMISE you will NOT regret it!

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