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Ten Reasons Why You Should Go To The El Rancho Drive-In Movie Theater in Sparks, Nevada This Summer

Yes, it's true, the City of Sparks does have a "traditional, old-fashioned" Drive-In Movie Theater!

El Rancho Drive In Terrie Leighton Photos

The West Wind El Rancho Drive-In is now open for its 61st season! This four screen outdoor movie theater is one of our favorite things to do in the summer time. Watching a movie under the stars brings back memories for older generations and creates new memories for younger people.El Rancho Drive In Terrie Leighton Photos

If you are old enough to remember Drive-In Movie experience then you know the nostalgic feelings often associated with these outdoor movie theaters.

 Watching a movie on the largest movie screens available, bringing blankets and lawn chairs to watch a movie is quite uncommon today. The experience is truly unique.

The El Rancho Drive-In is probably still as popular today as it was when it was first open back in the 1940's.  Back then there were theaters like these in nearly every city across the county. But lucky for the Reno and Sparks community, the Drive-In is back for another season.

Here are a 10 reasons why the El Rancho Drive-In will be worth a visit this summer:

1) It's cheap~ Price of a ticket is only $6.25 for adults, $1 for children ages 5-11 years. Tuesdays admission is only $4.25!

2) Two movies for the price of one ~ Double features every night!

3) Snack stand is less expensive than indoor movie theater prices ~ same great movie food: popcorn, candy, hot dogs, soda, ice cream!

4) Bring your own food ~ yes, it is allowed!

5) Sit outside your car ~ bring your own lawn chair, blanket, pillow and get comfortable!

6) Great for a date night ~ Totally romantic to watch a movie under the stars!

7) Kids will love it~ they will talk about if for days after. ( I know, I have taken my kids before and it is way better than the roller skating rink!)

8) Kids can play at the play area until the movie starts.

9) Great location ~ just off Interstate 80 at 555 El Rancho Drive, Sparks, Nevada

10) You can say you went to the drive in movies, not many people can say that these days! And you just never know home many more years it will be around! Go this summer!

  Call 775-358-6920 for showtime information.

Ten Reasons Why You Should Go To The El Rancho Drive-In Movie Theater in Sparks, Nevada This Summer


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Comment balloon 4 commentsTerrie Leighton • March 11 2011 07:38PM


WOW that is so cool. I was talking to someone just today saying it would be great to see an old fashion drive in again. Thanks!

Posted by Bob "RealMan" Timm, Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor (Ward County Notary Services) about 8 years ago

Terrie:  How fun, I can remember going to the drive in with a car load of kids when I was little...I think I saw Lady and the Tramp!!!   :)

Posted by Sidney Kutchuk - Realty Works Temecula Kutchuk - Realty Works Temecula, Realty Works Temecula (Realty Works Temecula) about 8 years ago

I loved going to the Drive-In!  I think there is one left in Fort Collins and that would be a great place to go this summer with the grandkids. If it's not there we'll have to drive to Sparks. :-)  You're right Terrie, not everyone can say or will be able to say they went to the Drive-In, and it so much fun!

Posted by Mary Douglas, REALTOR, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado (United Country Ponderosa Realty, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado) about 8 years ago

Hi Bob ~ Well if you ever make it out to Sparks,NV you will have to check this Drive-In Theater out!

Jane~ I remember seeing "E.T." in Long Beach! It was a blast...we were teenagers! I also went as a kid and I remember hiding, not my family of course, kids in the trunk of the car!

Mary~ We all have such fun memories of the Drive-In. It is amazing there are not more of them left across the U.S. ~ yes you may have to drive this way if the one in Fort Collins is gone.

Posted by Terrie Leighton, Reno Real Estate Agent ~ Selling Homes in Reno (Ferrari-Lund Real Estate ) about 8 years ago

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