The Holiday Twin Drive In opens back up for the summer season on Friday with double features on two screens. (Courtesy/Holiday Twin Drive In)
With summer right around the corner, and hopes that the weather will eventually warm up, individuals, couples and families with children of all ages are looking for different outdoor events.
One fun and iconic summer time activity is that of packing up the car and heading out to the drive in theater for an evening of movie watching under the stars.
The Holiday Twin Drive In Theater, 2206 S. Overland Trail in Fort Collins, opens back up for the season on Friday with double features for movie fans of all ages.
Prepare for some fast-paced action on Screen 1 with showings of “Fast X,” rated PG-13, followed by the comedy/horror flick “Renfield,” rated R.
For those with younger kids, or folks not into insanely fast driving or Dracula flicks, Screen 2 will be showing “The Super Mario Bros. Movie,” rated PG, and “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3,” rated PG-13.
Other movies on the theater’s summer calendar include:
- “The Little Mermaid” live action, rated PG
- “Transformers: Rise of the Beasts,” rated PG-13
- “Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse” cartoon, not rated
- “The Flash,” rated PG-13
- “Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny,” rated PG-13
- “Mission: Impossible — Dead Reckoning Part One,” rated PG-13
- “Barbie” live action movie, rated PG-13
New movies are announced at 2 p.m. every Tuesday on the theater’s website at https://holidaytwin.com.
Gates open at 6 p.m. with the first movie beginning at 8:15 p.m. Friday through Sunday. Additional movie days will be added throughout the summer, including Memorial Day, 4th of July and Labor Day.
If you didn’t purchase tickets online, patrons are asked to have their money ready so that staff can keep the line moving along in a timely manner.
When you get to the theater’s entrance, stay in the right lane if you want to watch movies on Screen 1. The left lane is entry for either screen.
Staff will assign you a parking space based on the height of your vehicle. Color coordinated poles mark the assigned different parking spaces.
Yellow poles are for sedans, orange poles are where wagons will park and green poles signify small to midsize SUVs, small pickups and wagons.
White poles are where full-sized trucks and SUVs will be directed and poles with pink tops are for oversize and lifted vehicles and/or vehicles with large or abnormal sized roof racks.
When it comes to snacks, the theater offers a variety of fun movie fare at its snack bar including burgers, brats, chili, fries, nachos, popcorn, movie theater sized candy, cotton candy and more.
The theater also offers soda, water, hot chocolate, root beer floats and coffee from Jackie’s Java out of Fort Collins. Beer and cocktails are also available for purchase in-person for adults age 21 and older with a valid photo ID.
Outside food and drinks are not allowed and grills, camp stoves or fires are also prohibited.
Chairs, blankets, hammocks, blow up inner tube and other items you bring to sit on must be positioned at the front of your vehicle. Guests are not allowed to sit on top of their vehicle’s hood or roof.
The drive in provides FM radio sound only. To hear the movie’s audio turn your vehicle’s radio to “accessory” mode or bring a boom box or radio with you.
While pets are allowed into the drive in, owners are asked to keep them leashed when outside of your vehicle, pick up after them (cleanup bags are provided at each screen) and don’t let your dog disturb other guests with endless barking. Pets are not allowed to roam around the parking areas and must be kept close to their owner during the movie.
Check out the full list of drive in dos and don’ts at https://bit.ly/3ByupxE.
The drive in opened at The Starlight Drive-In in 1968 with just one screen. In April 1976 a second screen was added and the name of the theater was changed to the Holiday Twin Drive In. The theater can accommodate around 700 cars between the two screens.
The Holiday Twin Drive In is just one of 305 drive in theaters still operating in the U.S., according to Uncover Colorado. The state of Colorado has seven operating drive in, including the Holiday Twin.
Denver’s 88 Drive-In Theatre, the Mesa Drive-In located in Pueblo, Tru Vu Drive-In in Delta, Buena Vista’s Comanche Drive-In, the Star Drive-In Theatre in Montrose, the Best Western Movie Manor in Monte Vista and the Blue Starlite Drive-In at Minturn are the remaining remnants of outdoor movie locations in the Centennial State.
Admission to the drive in is $9 for guests age 10 and older, $6 for seniors age 65 and older and $6 for children age 6 to 9.
To learn more about the Holiday Twin Drive In, including upcoming movies or to purchase tickets, go to https://holidaytwin.com or call (970) 221-1244.