Today's Best Movies.
Bright, Clear Pictures on our 3 Huge Screens.
First All-Digital Drive-In in Washington State.
Delicious Food in our "Concession Central"
Located on Highway 3, Near the Bremerton Airport
24 Hour Movie Line (360) 698-6030
Welcome to the Rodeo Drive-In, one of the first drive-in theatres to be built in Washington State (1949). We're one of 5 outdoor theatres now operating in Washington, and we're the only drive-in in the US with our particular name (Rodeo). Historical information about the Drive-In is available on our "All About Us" page.
WASHINGTON'S LARGEST! With a capacity of nearly 1,000 cars, split among our 3 screens, the Rodeo is now the largest operating drive-in North of California, and among the oldest outdoor theatres in the country.
ALL DIGITAL! As of our 2013 season opening, the Rodeo joins a growing number of drive-ins that have converted from 35mm film to digital presentation. You can learn about our digital conversion process on our picture pages.
ANNUAL SEASON: Our average season runs from around mid-March through the end of September... or so. Weather and available films can lengthen (or shorten) the season a bit. We open 7 days a week from mid-May until Labor Day Weekend. At other times of the season we're open on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Due to the popularity of area fireworks displays, the Drive-In is closed on July 4.
ADMISSION: $9.00 for Adults, $6.00 for kids under 13 and Seniors 55+. It's a great value for a double feature.
BOXOFFICE HOURS: Gates open at least 1 1/2 hours before showtime on Summertime Fridays and Saturdays. During the week, we're generally open 30-60 minutes before showtime. Gate times are listed on our home page.
SHOWTIME: Unlike indoor theatres, a drive-in can show films only at night. This means that our shows start at different times, based on local weather and the time of year. Early on in the season, our movies can start as early as 7:30 (we normally don't start earlier). By July, it can be as late as 10PM. That's why our showtimes change, and are advertised as "Dusk". It's a time when we think it's dark enough to put a good picture on the screen.
ARRIVE EARLY! Drive-In theatres across the country have been "rediscovered", and are extremely popular on Friday, Saturday and holiday evenings... especially on nice days during the Summer. We recommend you plan ahead and arrive early when attending on these days. The best parking spots go to the first in line.
FIRST-COME, FIRST-SERVED. ONE SPACE PER CAR. SPACES MAY NOT BE RESERVED OR SAVED.
MOVIE SOUND: Your car or portable FM radio is required to hear our digital sound system. We do not have outdoor speakers. Of course, you're welcome to bring extra radios for the kids! Our famous preshow program is a favorite here (click "Drive-In Radio" link to listen online). More information about our sound system is listed below.
MEALS & SNACKS: We proudly present our full-service "Concession Central". You'll find all the usual theatre fare, PLUS incredible burgers & fries, chicken strip baskets & sandwiches, fish & chips, corn dogs, hot dogs, 15" mega-pizzas with a complete selection of toppings, pretzels, our famous Philly Cheese Steak Sandwich... AND our infamous PIZZA DOG, a curiously popular item here at the Drive-In that nobody's yet taken credit for!
For your convenience, we now offer radio pagers for larger kitchen orders (pizzas, burgers, etc). You can return to your car, avoid the snack bar crowds and not miss the movie. We'll page you when your order is ready.
SWAP MEET: Our "Swap Meet" is held each Sunday (weather permitting), from the weekend after Mothers Day till the end of September. See our for more information.
GIFT CARDS: Rechargeable gift cards are available in any amount over $20. They're a teriffic idea for drive-in lovers everywhere. Give them to the kids for use instead of cash, and recharge them here at our web site. Rodeo Drive-In gift cards may be used for admissions and concessions at the Drive-In and Swap Meet. They may also be purchased at our snack bar. Click the "Gift Cards" link on the directory.
CREDIT CARDS, CHECKS, etc: We welcome your Visa, Mastercard, Discover and American Express credit and debit cards for admission, concession and gift card purchases. We do not accept checks, and there is no ATM at the Drive-In.
- How do I receive the sound?
You can receive the sound by tuning your fm radio to one of our 3 signals (one per screen). Any car or portable fm radio should work fine here. If you don't have an fm radio, or want an extra for the kids, we have a limited number of portables available for rent at the snack bar.
Prior to the mid '80s, most drive-ins still used the traditional window speaker. A few were using some form of AM radio sound. The use of FM was in its infancy, installed mainly by radio station engineers with access to old broadcast equipment. In 1987, we designed, built and installed our first FM system, expanding to all 3 screens in 1988. Shortly thereafter, we removed our remaining window speakers and AM transmitters and went exclusively FM.
Today, our sound systems are in their 3rd generation since the original breadboarded transmitters we built. Today's systems use commercial transmission equipment and digital sound processors. which we upgraded again at the start of the 2011 season.
The movie sound is as impressive as our big, bright pictures. You'll notice right away.
- When do you know what will be playing next?
The simple answer is, "it depends". If we open a new movie, we could know about it a couple of weeks in advance. In other cases, we might not know for sure until Monday or Tuesday of the opening week. The best way to keep up with the Drive-In is to watch this web site or our Facebook page, and sign up for our weekly email list.
- Where do you publish your schedule?
You've found it here! Our daily schedule is available by phone at (360) 698-6030. We maintain a page on Facebook and we offer advance updates by email on the home page of this web site.
You'll also find our listings on various 3rd party sites. While we do our best to keep those lists updated, we have no control over them, and they occasionally will not have an accurate schedule for us. Your best bet is to use our local web site, our email updater or our phone system.
- How do you decide what movies to play, and why are they combined as they are?
In cooperation with our booking agency, we arrange double feature combinations we think will be the most popular with our customers. We try to make the combinations reasonably compatible... ie: you won't see a "Powerpuff Girls" movie playing with "Bride of Dracula". It's a matter of personal taste, and not nearly an exact science... but we do the best we can!
- How do you decide what screen to play a particular movie?
We like to open new movies in our largest field, especially if it's a "family friendly" title. As we hold the movie over for subsequent weeks, it will eventually make way for new pictures, and will be placed in one of our smaller fields. Even then, those fields have 60 foot screens and are larger than those at many drive-ins. This is not a 'hard and fast' policy, but it should give you a general idea how we like to place our movies. Notable exceptions are when we have more than one new title opening in a particular week, or when a movie's rating makes a particular screen more appropriate.
- Can I move to another field between shows?
We're sorry, but No. Technically, the drive-in is 3 separate theatres. A large part of your admission pays for the movies that you bought your ticket for. If you go to another field, you're watching a movie you didn't pay for, and nothing goes to that studio. Curiously, they seem a bit persnickety about money! Of course, you're welcome to roam the interior of the theatre, but your vehicle must remain in the field for which you purchased your ticket.
- Why don't you play more "G" or "family" pictures?
You will find that we book most good family shows as soon as they become available to us. If you feel we might have missed a good choice, feel free to send us an email with your suggestions.
- Do you run "NC-17" rated pictures?
No. They're generally not available, but that's not the point here. With 3 screens on the property, there is no way to isolate such material from audiences attending our other movies.
- Can I consume alcohol at the drive-in?
We discourage consumption of alcohol here. After all, it is a DRIVE-in, with obvious implications for people who drink, then head home in their cars. If our staff observes you out of your vehicle with alcoholic beverages, we will ask that you throw them away or leave the theatre. If you appear to be intoxicated, under 21 and "under the influence" or indulging in any "illegal substances" at any age, it's highly likely the Sheriff will stop by to say "Hello". The Drive-In is a family experience, and we appreciate your cooperation.
- In light of the new law in Washington, do you have a marijuana policy?
Under the new Washington law, marijuana consumption in public remains prohibited. As private property owners, It is our choice to maintain a zero-tolerance policy regarding consumption of marijuana on theatre grounds. Violators will be ejected without refund.
A General List of our House Rules:
- Management Availability: We are always available to help with any situation that may require it. Should field or concession staff be unable to resolve any issue to your satisfaction, please ask to speak with a manager.
- Admission Policy: Admission to the drive-in is on a per-person basis. There is no carload price. Drivers are responsible for giving an accurate count of their car's patrons.
Hiding in vehicles to gain unlawful admittance violates "Theft of Service" and trespass laws, and carries similar penalties and legal consequences as shoplifting.
Violators risk being ejected from the theatre, along with their entire party. In most cases, these situations are handled by the Sheriff's department, with resultant charges and other related unpleasantries. The drive-in is a place to enjoy your evening. Please don't risk ruining it for yourself and your companions.
- RETAIN YOUR TICKETS.
We can not overemphasize this advice. The Drive-In is privately owned property, and your ticket is your limited license to be here during business hours. Theatre staff may request your ticket at any time, for any reason. If you fail to produce a ticket with an accurate count of the people in your vehicle, you and your companions may be required to leave the drive-in, regardless of how many people in your car may actually have paid.
Your ticket will also have useful information regarding parking and how to find the channel to set your radio for sound.
- Parking Policy: One space per car. Spaces may not be reserved or saved. Outdoor furniture must be placed between your vehicle and the screen. For your safety, please do not lie on blankets. Traffic may not see you! In order to maximize parking availability, theatre personnel may ask you to move your vehicle, either closer to a pole or to another area. Please see our refund policy below, should this be unacceptable to you.
- Refund Policy: We do not offer refunds except in cases where you must leave before the show starts or if you can not find a suitable parking location when you arrive (you must exchange your ticket for a refund). When the entrance is congested on busy nights, please ask a concession or field attendant for assistance. Refunds are not given to anyone who is ejected from the theatre.
- No parking on the outside perimeter of the theatre. You're welcome to meet your friends here, but please bring your vehicle in with you. The outside perimeter is an enforced tow-away zone at all times.
- NO "OUT & IN". If you leave during the evening, your ticket may not be used to re-admit you to the drive-in.
- The SPEED LIMIT: within the theatre is 10 MPH. There are pedestrians everywhere, so please observe this limit and drive carefully. For everyone's safety, any negligent driving may result in your being asked to leave the theatre.
- Alcohol & Marijuana policies posted above.
- Fireworks of any and all kinds are never allowed on the property.
This includes items as seemingly innocent as sparklers and "snap-its". For the safety of all, this is considered a zero-tolerance issue here.
- Pets must be under your direct control and responsibility at all times. They must be on leash when not secured in your vehicle, and we ask that you clean up after them. Animals are not allowed in the snack bar, restrooms or playground areas, legitimate service animals excepted.
- You must be in control of your lights, and they must be off while you're parked.
Other distracting lights on, in and around your vehicle, including strobes, neons, blinking/flashing novelties, video displays and TV sets must also be turned off.
- Shoes must be worn at all times. Please do not carry shoeless children.
Also, shirts must be worn when inside the concessions building and restrooms.
- Designated parking areas for VANS, TRUCKS, HIGHTOPS, LARGE SUVs, MOTOR HOMES, SEMI-TRACTORS, SCHOOL BUSES & FLYING SAUCERS.
We usually have good parking for most vehicles, large and small. However, for the viewing comfort of all, larger vehicles are required to park in designated areas. Your ticket will have this information on it. Field staff may designate parking, at our discretion.
If you can't find a satisfactory spot before the show starts, we'll be happy to refund your ticket at your request.
Theatre staff may designate parking locations for any vehicle at any time.
- Tie hatchbacks & other doors level with the top of your vehicle.
This helps prevent you from blocking the view of the person behind you. Twine or a short piece of small rope or wire works very well. If you plan to have speakers or people on top of your vehicle, or you prefer to have your hatchback all the way up, please expect to park in the back rows.
- Outside Seating: If you plan to enjoy the show outside of your vehicle, please sit between your vehicle and the screen. Do not occupy room in another space, walkway, etc.
This rule is relaxed somewhat during the week, when space permits... but not on Friday and Saturday, or any day when we determine extra space may be needed for incoming patrons.
Lawn chairs, etc, only. lying on the ground is not permitted.
- Each vehicle is entitled to one space.
Please park CLOSE enough to a post (where available) to allow for another vehicle.
- Be considerate of the folks around you. Do not raise voices, radios, or noises loud enough to
disturb other patrons.
This especially applies to subwoofers and high-powered sound systems. We're glad you can enjoy your electronic investment here, but it must not be (in our judgment) excessively loud.
- Do not sound your horn. There is no part of our program where you'll ever be asked to sound your horn, and we ask that you not do this for any reason. If you need the attention of theatre staff, you'll find us in or around the snack bar throughout the evening.
- Never put a light of any sort onto the screen, including spot lights and laser devices.
- No barbecues or other cooking activities on drive-in property, including outside perimeter.
- No open flame, except for the use of citronella candles, and items like "PIC" mosquito coils.
Thanks for your consideration. We hope you enjoy your evening at the Drive-In!