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.
We're glad you've found this page and might be considering a visit to the drive-in. Our goal is to provide a unique and positive experience for you, your friends and family. The following information will help you plan your evening with us.
WASHINGTON'S LARGEST! With a capacity of nearly 1,000 cars, split among our 3 screens, the Rodeo is the largest operating drive-in north of California, and among the oldest outdoor theatres in the country.
ALL DIGITAL: In 2013, we made a major investment in the future of the Rodeo Drive-In, and joined the vast majority of US theatres that converted from film to digital presentation. You can learn about our digital conversion process on our picture pages.
ANNUAL SEASON: Our average season runs from the first weekend of March through the end of September. Weather and available films can lengthen (or shorten) the season a bit. We open 7 days a week from mid-June until Labor Day Weekend. At other times of the season we're open on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The Drive-In is closed on July 4.
ADMISSION: General Admission: $10, $7 for ages 12 and under, and Seniors 55+. 4 and under, free. 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: A car or portable FM radio is required to hear our digital sound system. We do not have outdoor speakers or AM radio. Some smart phone radios MAY pick up our sound system, but we can not guarantee synchronization of picture and sound when using these devices. 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, 16" 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 first Sunday of June till the last Sunday of August. See our for more information.
GIFT CARDS: Rechargeable gift cards are available in any amount over $20. They're a great idea for drive-in lovers everywhere. Give them to the kids for use instead of cash, and recharge them at our boxoffice or snack bar. 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.
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.
- Concessions and restroom availability:
Our concessions building is open until somewhere around the middle of the (longest) second feature. Restrooms are always available. If the main snack bar doors are closed for the evening, you'll find restroom access at the South end of the building (at the same end as the projection booth).
- How do I receive the sound?
You can receive the sound by tuning your FM radio to one of our 3 channels (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.
- 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!
Sometimes however, our "master planning strategy" is rearranged by the studios, who own the movies we play and therefore, have a say about how they're placed here.
- How do you decide what screen to play a particular movie?
Whatever we think will be the most popular will probably be shown in our largest field. As we hold that show 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. For some reason, they're not too thrilled with that! 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 an opportunity, feel free to send us a note on Facebook with your suggestions.
- Can I consume alcohol at the drive-in?
Our insurance policy does not allow us to permit alcohol on theatre grounds. If we see you with alcoholic beverages of any kind, we will ask you to dispose of them or leave the property. In accordance with our policy on the matter, we do not offer refunds, should you choose not to dispose of your alcoholic beverages when asked.
- Do you have a marijuana policy?
Under Washington law, marijuana consumption in public is prohibited. As private property owners, we can not choose to ignore this. Therefore, we maintain a zero-tolerance policy regarding consumption of marijuana and related products on theatre grounds, whether in your vehicle or not. Violators will be ejected without refund. Our staff will investigate any complaints brought to us by our patrons.
A General List of our House Rules:
- "Top-Of-The-List": Over the past year or so, a few items have surfaced with increased frequency. Listed below are a few of our house rules that we bring to your attention. We are placing emphasis on these items, and your cooperation is appreciated.
- Ownership: The drive-in is on private property, locally owned and operated by the same family since 1986. On our grounds, theatre management has much the same discretion that you have over visitors to your home.
- 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.
If further clarification is required, please see the bottom of this page.
- Marijuana Policy: See above.
- Alcohol Policy: See above.
- 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 to boxoffice personnel.
Hiding in vehicles to gain unlawful admittance violates "Theft of Service" and trespass laws. Violators risk being ejected from the theatre, along with their entire party. In addition, these situations may be handled by the Sheriff's department, with the potential for legal 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. Any theatre staff member may request your ticket at any time, for any reason.
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, and 'first come - first served'. Spaces may not be reserved or saved, even if you've paid in advance for friends. Outdoor furniture must be placed between your vehicle and the screen. 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.
- No sitting or lying on ground or on top of vehicle: For safety, we do not allow lying on the ground or on top of your vehicle at any time or on any day, whether on the grass, on blankets, on air mattresses or other inflatables. You may sit outside your vehicle on conventional outdoor lawn furniture, so long as you can fit it in the space provided for your vehicle and is between your vehicle and the screen. Patrons may not lay on the ground between vehicles in an attempt to skirt this rule.
- Playgrounds: We recently installed new plagrounds in Field 1 and 2 for the enoyment of young children and teens. The area is available for use at your own risk. The playgrounds are not intended for adults. Absolutely no horseplay is allowed. Parents are expected to supervise their children.
THE PLAYGROUNDS ARE CLOSED DURING THE SHOW. YOU MAY USE THEM BEFORE THE EVENING'S PROGRAM STARTS AND DURING INTERMISSIONS.
- 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.
- 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 dogs excepted.
- ALL of your vehicle lights must be under your control, 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 well. If you prefer to have your hatchback all the way up, please expect to park in the back row.
- 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. ANY use of laser devices will result in temporary confiscation or ejection from the theatre.
- 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.
- Dead Batteries. Our field staff has jumper boxes at the snack bar, for assistance with low (dead) battery issues. Please do not request jump starts from patrons you may not know.
The Rodeo Drive-In has operated under its current ownership for over 30 years. You'll find a member of our family in every major part of the theatre, with full authority to help resolve any situation that might come up.
While our goal is that everyone enjoys their evening with us, we do recognize that 100% is a tough number to hit. Please understand that our concession and field staff do their best to represent us, based on their level of experience and training. If you feel you might have a reasonable disagreement that they are not able to resolve, you are always welcome to ask for a manager.
That said, we have little tolerance for anyone giving our staff a hard time, especially since many of them are teen-agers, who may be working at their first job. We teach them to treat our customers with the same respect that we expect in return.
Thanks for your consideration. We hope you enjoy your evening at the Drive-In!