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Sunset Drive-In Theatre at California

Sunset Drive-In Theatre

255 Elks Ln, San Luis Obispo, California, 93401
Category: Entertainment
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Before you go

An Outdoor Movie Experience

Opened in 1950, the Sunset Drive-In is an iconic SLO County attraction that draws locals and visitors alike. As one of only 350 remaining drive-in theaters in the U.S., the theater offers visitors a vintage movie-going experience with state-of-the-art digital theater quality. The theater offers nightly double features showing the hottest Hollywood movies, all in a family friendly environment that includes great food and low prices.


Hours -

Box office opens at 6:30pm nightly with show times after dark.

Prices -

$7 for adults, $3 for kids. Kids under 5 are free. Cash only.


  • Sunday swap meet
  • Double features


  • Movies
  • Pinball & video games
  • Snack bar
  • Near shopping & dining

Movie Sound

Unlike outdoor movie experiences of the past, the Sunset Drive-In does not use external sound systems. You can listen to a dedicated radio station using your car stereo, but it may run your battery down. A better bet is to bring a portable stereo for sound. The theater also rents stereos for a $5 refundable fee.

Sunday Swap Meet

If you’re hunting for bargains, be sure to visit the swap meet every Sunday from 6am-11:30am. You’ll find an eclectic mix of old and new items. From vintage clothing and art to antiques and car accessories. There are generally vendors offering fresh fruits and vegetables and the swap meet usually features live music and plenty of food vendors too. Admission is $2 per carload (drive-in) or
$1 per person (walk-in).


  • What kinds of snacks are available?

    The snack bar offers all of your favorite movie foods, including popcorn, candy and drinks plus nachos, pizza and hot dogs. The prices are reasonable, but remember, the snack bar is cash only. You can also bring your own food and drinks.
  • What time do most shows start?

    The box office opens nightly at 6:30pm, and the first show starts around 7pm (summer hours vary). To get the best viewing spot, be sure to arrive there at least 30 minutes before show time.

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