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Get a taste of nostalgia at Silver Moon Drive-In Theatre in Lakeland

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Posted at 9:55 AM, May 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-04 14:58:50-04

LAKELAND, Fla. — Whether you grew up going to the drive-in or you're ready to catch on to the revived trend, Silver Moon Drive-In Theatre offers a sense of nostalgia while showcasing some of your favorite movies.

This drive-in plays four movies per night between their two screens, 365 days a year. While they usually screen new movies as they come out, they have been playing throwbacks due to the pandemic and lack of films coming out of Hollywood right now. Silver Moon closed in April but opened back up in May at limited capacity. The concessions stand is also open with a one-way line that reminds people to keep six feet apart.

With people trying to find activities that they can take part in while social distancing, drive-ins like Silver Moon have seen a resurgence.

“We’ve had a lot of new people come out—a lot of inquiries, first timers…coming out to see the show, what it’s all about," said Chip Sawyer, president of Sun South Theatres, which owns a of couple drive-ins in the area. "So it’s been awesome to see a lot of new faces around…and kind of a renewed interest nationally.”


  • 10 years old and up: $6
  • 4-9 years old: $2
  • 3 and under: FREE

In recent weeks, Silver Moon has shown a variety of movies like Space Balls, Silence of the Lambs, Terminator, and Shrek 2. Ticket price includes a double feature, so you can get two movies for the price of one! They recommend people arrive early to pick out a spot and set up. Guests can stay in their car or set up chairs in front of their parking spot. Either tune into the assigned radio station to hear the movie or rent a radio from Silver Moon for $2.

Silver Moon has been around since 1948, and today it is the last drive-in standing in Lakeland and Polk County. It is one of seven drive-ins left in Florida.

To learn more about Silver Moon Drive-In Theatre, click here.