Newberg 99W Drive-In (Newberg)
Looking for an amazing night with the whole family? Even the dog! How about a good old fashion trip to the drive-in? Yes, there is a drive-in here in the Portland Metro area. Well, Newberg to be exact, but worth the drive.
The cost is super low at $9 for adults and $5 for kids 6-11, kids 5 and under are free. That is for TWO recently released movies! We have seen everything from Harry Potter to Transformers to Wall-E on opening day. Also you can bring your own food in! You’re hooked now huh? But before the movie even starts, there’s the pre-show party.
Let your kiddos run wild. All the kids run up in front of the giant screen and play football, frisbee, baseball; there is always a super nice kid handing out glow sticks, and lots of folks out on their lawn chairs playing cards on their cooler. You will have 2-3 hours to hang out as the line starts a little before 6:30 PM and movies start at dusk. Rain or shine. You do need to be there in line around 6:30 PM to get a spot. Things sell out fast.
Facts to know/ things to bring:
- Cash or credit cards are accepted (used to be only cash!)
- Dinner- there are several chain restaurants close by to stop, with Burger King being right next to the theater.
- Toys – sports toys, bubbles, coloring books or things if raining.
- Deck of cards or good book – You will not see the kids for a couple of hours
- PJ’s – the trick is to put them in their PJ’s right when it hits dark. They watch the first movie, go to the bathroom, fall asleep & you have the 2nd movie to yourself.
- Water. Seriously. You’re in the car for a long time. It gets hot sometimes. Over-estimate.
- Pillows. Remember the sleep part.
- Read the FAQs. For information and to actually laugh out loud. Seriously, read it.
This place is great for all ages. I have been there pregnant, with a newborn, 6-month-old , all the way up to a 10-year-old. The drive-in is open starting in April thru October and is only open Thursday through Sunday. Movies change on Tuesdays so checkout the website to see what’s playing. We’ll see you there and maybe even be the cool kids handing out glow sticks!
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Other notes –
o Many bring their pets to the drive-in
o Chairs are allowed in front of vehicles
o Some put their vehicles front-facing, but most do rear-facing and lift their tailgates or lounge in the bed of their pickups. All rows accommodate this.
o If your car battery dies, they have jumper cables or ask your drive-in neighbor. We had to help a car two rows behind us with a jump.
Andee– Super easy. There is an intermission about 15 to 20 min long in between the 2 shows. Quite a few cars leave. Our kids are at the age where they don’t sleep through the second movie and aren’t old enough to watch PG-13. So we always leave after the first show. Its a long evening, but we do it once a summer just for the experience!
We go several times in the summer depending on what’s playing. We’ve taken our SUV and if your tailgate is to high they’ll give you a piece of twine I believe to bring it down a bit. We try to stay in middle more and haven’t had problem with our tailgate being in the way. The kids love it and they fall asleep on the way home 🙂
You said cars start to line up around 6:30pm…what time do they actually let you in?
Does anyone know if you can lift your tailgate up during the movie so you can lay in the back of your car and watch from there? does it get in the way of other viewers or is the screen high enough? Thanks
Danielle—We always park in the back rows and leave our tailgate up and watch from there, never a problem.
Andee Z says
I have always wanted to take the kids to a Drive-In! Thanks for posting this. How easy is it to leave if you only want to stay for one show?
Some do leave after the first show. Not a problem.