NC’s Oldest Operating Drive-in Theatre to add Overnight Camping to 2020 Line-up

Camp out at the drive-in on select 2020 dates. Source: Raleigh Road Outdoor Theatre, Henderson, North Carolina
Camp out at the drive-in on select 2020 dates. Source: Raleigh Road Outdoor Theatre, Henderson, North Carolina

Raleigh Road Outdoor Theatre plans more overnight camping events in response to customer’s rave reviews of the 2019 horror nights.

The Raleigh Road Outdoor Theatre boasts more than 70 years in operation, making them NC’s oldest running drive-in. While you’ll still get that throwback vibe the minute you pull up and see the vintage screen, the owner has big plans in store for this historic hidden gem this year. After the success of 2019’s “Dusk Til Dawn Horror Nights” — an overnight camping collaboration with Myers House NC — drive-in owners Mark and Jennifer Frank knew this was something they wanted to expand on and offer more of to the community.

Says owner Mark Frank on plans for 2020:

“After we saw how many people came out and enjoyed the horror nights camping event, we knew this was something we should be doing more of. The customers asked for more, so we’ve got big plans for camping events this year including a date night, lock-ins, classic car night, and of course we’ll be bringing back the horror nights.”

Horror Nights Overnight Campout is scheduled for September 18-19, 2020, and includes the newest Conjuring movie.

A 2019 camping night at Raleigh Road Outdoor Theatre. Source: Emily May
A 2019 camping night at Raleigh Road Outdoor Theatre. Source: Emily May

Overnight camping is just a kernel in the tub of what this drive-in has to offer.

Every year, they host several family fun nights, complete with bounce houses and face-painting for the kids. You’ll also see classic movies on the big screen every Wednesday in August, numerous holiday events including trunk or treat, and a New Year’s Eve celebration, weekly yard sales, and classic car nights.

Raleigh Road Outdoor Theatre:

  • is one of only 6 drive-in theatres left in operation in NC.
  • sees thousands of cars per year from all over the Triangle & central NC.
  • offers tickets for purchase online or at the box office.
  • offers something for everyone in the family
  • is pet-friendly.
  • offers expanded concessions with popcorn, drinks, plus a full dinner menu (see the epic WOW burger), classic cinema sides, and sweet treats.
  • rents portable radios to make listening easier.
  • provides free entry for drivers in classic cars.
  • offers 2, sometimes 3, movies a night for around $8 per person (some special event tickets are a few dollars more).
  • is open year round, rain or shine.

If you want to enjoy the nostalgia of a movie under the stars, you can stay in the loop by signing up for their weekly newsletter, following them on Facebook and Twitter, or visiting www.raleighroaddrivein.com for upcoming movies and camping opportunities.

 

Movie Intermission at Raleigh Road Outdoor Theatre double feature. Photo: Kay Whatley
Movie Intermission at Raleigh Road Outdoor Theatre double feature. Photo: Kay Whatley

Source: Raleigh Road Outdoor Theatre

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Ed. Note: Going to a drive-in is a unique experience. If you’ve never been, or haven’t been since you were a kid, check it out! Read this article on our experience.

Article originally published January 23, 2020. Updated January 24.

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