Raleigh Road Drive-in: Annual Horror Movie Camping (Optional) Event is Sept. 17-19

Camp out at the drive-in. Source: Raleigh Road Outdoor Theatre, Henderson, North Carolina
Camp out at the drive-in. Source: Raleigh Road Outdoor Theatre, Henderson, North Carolina

Head to Henderson, North Carolina on September 17-19, 2021 for a unique camping experience, which is also a unique movie experience! Camp out at the drive-in — Raleigh Road Outdoor Theatre — and pitch a tent, park an RV, set up a chair, or sit in your vehicle and enjoy up to 14 horror film screenings from dusk until dawn.

Stay overnight both evenings during Raleigh Road’s 13th annual Horror Movie Camping weekend. At $30 per adult ($7 per child) for two nights of camping and all three nights of movies on the big outdoor screen, it’s quite a bargain.

Can’t camp both nights? Those interested in camping just one night may purchase either a Friday camping ticket or a Saturday camping ticket for $18 per adult ($7 per child).

Not interested in camping out, but want to watch the horror movies? Purchase tickets at a special rate of $10 per adult ($7 per child) for a single night. Non-campers may enter the drive-in at 7pm to watch all movies that evening.

Games, trivia, and prize drawings will be held between select movies.

Movies scheduled for Friday, September 17, 2021:

  • Candyman @ 7:45pm
  • The Dead Don’t Die @ 9:45pm
  • Army of Darkness @ 11:30pm
  • Slither @ 1:30am
  • Land of the Dead @ 3:15am
  • Bride of Chucky @ 4:45am

Movies scheduled for Saturday, September 18, 2021:

  • Tremors @ 7:45pm
  • Abbott & Costello meet Frankenstein @ 9:30pm
  • The Frighteners @ 11pm
  • They Live @ 1am
  • An American Werewolf in London @ 2:45am
  • Shaun of the Dead @ 4:15am

Movies scheduled for Sunday, September 19, 2021:

  • Candyman @ 7:45pm
  • Freaky @ 9:45pm (Camping check-out will be after this film; no overnight camping Sunday-Monday)

Tickets for the horror movie camping weekend are on sale at raleighroaddrivein.ticketleap.com. Note that online processing fees apply.

The Raleigh Road Outdoor Theatre (drive-in) is located at 3336 Raleigh Road, Henderson, North Carolina — minutes north of Wake Forest and Raleigh, NC.

Whether camping overnight, or returning each evening to watch the movies, be sure to note the hours when concessions are open each night, and plan accordingly. Campers may bring coolers. No alcohol may be brought into the drive-in.  Pets are allowed, on a leash.

Bring along a portable FM radio (or rent one from the concession stand) as radios are necessary to hear the sound transmission. Car radios can be used for movie sound; be careful not to run down your car battery. (The drive-in has capability to jump-start a vehicle if necessary.)

It’s also advisable to bring a flashlight, chairs, and other items to make the drive-in experience more comfortable. Nights may be cool in September during this event, so movie-goers may wish to bring blankets or jackets for comfort.

The Raleigh Road Outdoor Theatre boasts more than 70 years in operation, making them NC’s oldest running drive-in. For more information regarding movies scheduled on other dates, visit www.raleighroaddrivein.com.


Ticket booth at Raleigh Road Outdoor Theatre, Henderson NC, as evening falls. Photo: Kay Whatley
Ticket booth at Raleigh Road Outdoor Theatre, Henderson NC, as evening falls. Photo: Kay Whatley


While in the theatre, especial during interactions like food ordering and watching movies outside your vehicle, use good judgment regarding safety. State guidelines for Covid-19 safety will be followed during the horror movie camping weekend.

If you do not feel well, stay home for the safety of yourself and others.


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