Throwback Fun

by | Jul 2021

Vali-Hi Drive-In


Vali-Hi Drive-In, the last Twin Cities drive-in theatre, celebrates 55 years of movies

Vali-Hi Drive-In, the last operating drive-in around the Twin Cities, brings ‘60s neon vibes with a side of popcorn and summer breeze. Celebrating 55 years of family fun, Vali-Hi offers double features, concessions and a retro arcade—a space that’s usually open, but has been closed due to COVID-19.

With a nostalgic atmosphere for movie-goers, especially those who grew up before the time of streaming and mainstream movie theaters, Vali-Hi welcomes families for a “vintage” night out.

In normal circumstances, Vali-Hi’s lawn can fit up to 800 cars—making room for dozens of spectators. Larry Osterman, Vali-Hi manager, says the drive-in has space for 400 cars to ensure safe social-distancing.

Once the sun is set, movie trailers are flipped on, while attendees cuddle up with blankets, lawn chairs and bug spray—a drive-in must! For hungry attendees, popcorn, candy and Vali-Hi’s classic foot-long hot dogs are available at the concession stand.

Although Vali-Hi has been closed since last fall, their COVID-safe protocols have transferred over to this summer. Only one person per car can go to concessions at a time and chairs must be in front of one’s vehicle, not on the sides. Osterman adds that visitors can bring boom boxes or use their car radios for sound.

Though Vali-Hi has been open since spring, Osterman says the hope is to continue to provide a fun—and safe—community experience for all.

Vali-Hi Drive-In
11260 Hudson Blvd., Lake Elmo


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