My family loves watching movies together, and it’s one of our favorite summer past-times. Last week we opted for a new experience, and headed west into Athens to visit the Cinemagic Drive-In.
We were already fans of the regular indoor Cinemagic Theatre – it’s a mom & pop affair, and it’s clean and reasonably priced with five screens. The crowds are usually smaller than other movie houses in Huntsville, but we had never been to the Drive-In before and had no idea what to expect.
We wanted to get a good spot, so we arrived at 7:45 PM and there was already a short line of cars waiting for the gate to open at 8:00 PM to see Monsters University. Ticket prices are less than the regular theatre tickets (yay!) and we picked a spot on the first row at the end – next time we’ll know a spot in the back row towards the middle would have been fine too. Before the movie started around 8:30 (or dark) kids were tossing a football and playing tag in front of the screen.
Instead of having the old-style speakers on poles, the Cinemagic uses a FM transmitter, allowing patrons to hear the movie soundtrack in stereo on their car’s FM radio. I was worried about sound, especially since we were in an open-air Jeep, but it worked beautifully.
The main screen is 54 feet by 24 feet in size, and there really isn’t a bad seat in the house. The theatre usually shows films at the Drive-In that tend to be more family-friendly, and there were tons of families there, some with kids in their pajamas (genius!). Your parking spot is pretty large, and lots of people brought lawn chairs and picnic dinners, something totally allowed. The walk-up concession stand is also open and sells popcorn, candy, soda, and nachos at a very reasonable price.
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My boys had a blast and we can’t wait to go again. This would be really fun with a group of friends, and the prices can’t be beat. Don’t forget to bring the bug spray in the summertime!
Athens Cinemagic Drive-In Details
Address: 1702 South Jefferson Street, Athens, AL 35611 (map)
Drive-In Prices: Children 3 to 11 – $4.00; Adults 12 to 59 – $6.00; Seniors 60 and up – $4.00
This article was initially published in 2013 and is updated to keep info current.
Stephenie has worked with and around books and authors for over 12 years, both at retail booksellers and public libraries. She is a rare Huntsville native, mother of two high-energy boys, wife of one, and eerily addicted to community volunteering. When she's not being the Managing Editor for RCM she likes to stalk her favorite authors online, cook with way too much butter, and also manages to conduct freelance marketing and PR work.