Highway 18 Drive In Open for the Season! Lake Country Family Fun Jefferson County

Highway 18 Drive In Open for the Season!

Have your kids ever wanted to go to a Drive In Theater, but you didn’t know if one still existed, or was even close to you in Wisconsin? Well there is! The Highway 18 Drive In Theater is located in Jefferson, Wisconsin at the corner of Hwy 18 and 89 and is scheduled to OPEN FOR THE SEASON on Friday, May 12, 2023. They are making sure that all the licensing and proper protocols are put in place prior to opening. Initially, the Highways 18 Drive in will be open on weekends only, Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays.

Highway 18 Drive In is Located at the corner of Highway 18 and 89
2 miles west of Jefferson Wisconsin

HIghway 18 Drive In Upcoming Shows:

May 12-14: Super Mario Brothers Movie (PG) + M3GAN (PG-13)
May 19-21: Fast X (PG-13) + Violent Night (R) 
May 26-28: Super Mario Brothers Movie (PG) + Fast X (PG-13)
June 2-4: Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse
June 16-18: The Flash
June 30: Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny + Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 3
July 12: Mission Impossible – Dead reckoning Part One

Please see this note from owner, Lee B. regarding the 2023 season:

This Friday, June 2nd, Miles Morales returns for the next chapter in the Spider-Verse saga with “Spider-Man: Across The Spider-Verse”, a “kids & family, action, adventure, comedy, fantasy, animation” film rated PG for “thematic elements/some language/animated action violence”.  This time, Brooklyn’s full-time friendly neighborhood Spider-Man must cross the Multiverse to join forces with a new team of Spider-People to face off with another powerful villain.  This movie got a 94% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, so it should be a good family movie.  We will run this film as lead feature for the next two weekends, Friday, Saturday and Sunday; June 2nd, 3rd, & 4th and June 9th, 10th, & 11th.

Our second feature for the weekend of Friday, Saturday and Sunday; June 2nd, 3rd, & 4th is the recently released romantic comedy: “Love Again”; a “Romantic, Comedy” rated PG-13 for “Some Strong Language/Some Sexual Material”.  A woman, recently jilted by her fiancé, sends a series of confessional, romantic texts to his cell phone number.  What she doesn’t realize is that the number has been reassigned to a journalist who, charmed by the emotional texts, tries to track her down.  Celine Dion also stars in her first film role.

Did you know The Vatican has a ‘Chief Exorcist’ on its staff? I didn’t either.  Our second feature for the weekend of Friday, Saturday and Sunday, June 9th, 10th & 11th is “The Pope’s Exorcist”; a “Horror, Mystery & Thriller” rated R for “Sexual References/Language/Some Nudity/Violent Content”.  Based on the actual files of The Chief Exorcist of The Vatican, Father Gabriele Amorth (Russel Crowe) investigates a young boy’s terrifying possession and ends up uncovering a centuries-old conspiracy the Vatican has desperately tried to keep hidden.  Sounds like fun.

On Thursday, June 15th, we’ll be opening one of the biggest movies of the summer with “The Flash”.  More on that in my next newsletter.

The bar behind the screen will be temporarily closed while we do some work on the building.  I hope to get it open later in the season.  I’ll announce in this newsletter when the bar will reopen.

I have a lot of fun memories from going to the Highway 18 Drive In. Fun Fact – it was one of the first dates I went on with my late husband. So, if you haven’t already, go make some fun memories with your family!! It’s a great way to spend a summer night – even while social distancing.

For more information, the movies are updated on their website. They announce when they can due to the regulations from the film companies.

The prices for Highway 18 Drive In tickets are as follows:

Adults(12+) $ 10.00
Children(5-11) $ 6.00
Children(4 & Under) Free

There is a strict no-carry in policy. So bring some cash and grab some concessions and support this long-lasting business. For a full listing of their policies, check here or see below. They do accept Visa and Mastercard. No checks.

Here are some tips from our readers: 

  • Be familiar with your vehicle’s lights and switches and safety features prior to going (in case the back hatch can’t stay open without beeping, etc…)
    • Possibly bring string to keep hatch too high for others parked behind your vehicle.
  • Consider bringing chairs, blankets, bug spray and a boombox/stereo to watch the movie from outside your parked vehicle.
  • Arrive early to grab a great spot.

You can join the conversation on Facebook here.

HIGHWAY 18 DRIVE IN Policy Details:

Keep your ticket stubs. In the event of a problem, your stub is your proof that you paid proper admission for that evening.

No refunds.  No rain checks.  

No leaving and re entering the theatre.  Re entering cars will be charged another admission. 

Video cameras or any other recording devices are prohibited on theatre grounds in support of anti-piracy laws.

No carry in food or drink (of any kind, size, or amount) may be brought onto theatre property, regardless of your intentions to consume these items.  No exceptions and no excuses. This includes bottled water, doggie bags from dinner, leftover items from the picnic/beach/birthday party, groceries, etc. Baby formula and whole fruit (not juice) and vegetables for small children are allowed. If you have any carryin items in your car, you may leave them at the box office and pick them up on your way out. Once past the box office, if you are caught with carryin items, you may stay if you donate all items to The Jefferson Food Pantry. If you refuse to donate your items, become argumentative, or are otherwise verbally abusive to our staff, you will be ejected from theatre grounds without a refund. Anyone ejected from the theatre may not return that same evening. If you have any special needs, you must contact us via email at least 24 hours in advance. In your email you must specify what items you want to bring in. Please note that we have many items in our concession stand that are gluten-free and dairy/casein-free. We will not honor any special needs or requests if you do not contact us in advance and specify the exact items you want to bring in.

Anyone in possession of alcohol (of any amount and regardless of whether you intend to consume it) or glass bottles on theatre property will be ejected immediately without a refund. We will confiscate alcohol from minors. If you have any questions about this policy, please email us before you come here.

Firearms, or any other dangerous weapons, are prohibited on theatre property. City, County, and State police officers, and federal law enforcement agents may bring firearms onto theatre property if they alert us at the box office and show proper identification.

On The Lot  Speed limit is 5 MPH. 

For the safety and security of our customers, staff, and theatre property, the lot is under video and audio surveillance.

The playground is closed once the show starts. Parents are responsible for supervising their children at all times.  Children must wear shoes on the lot.  

Only one space per vehicle.  Please park within two feet of the pole so you do not block another parking space.  If you wish to sit outside, do so in front of your vehicle. No saving spaces.  Spaces are on a first come, first served basis.

Large vehicles must park at the red poles – row five (5) on back – on designated evenings.  (Large vehicles are those not classified as either a car/sedan or wagon as defined by Edmunds.com and include vans, SUVs, trucks, jeeps, etc.). Oversized vehicles must park in the back as directed by our parking attendants.  Designated evenings are Fridays and Saturdays, Memorial Day to Labor Day, and holiday nights as designated.  We reserve the right to repark any vehicle. 

Hatchbacks must be tied down even with the roof line.  Bring some bungy cords or we will provide twine at no charge. No sitting on the roof of your vehicle. 

Please – no headlights or stepping on your brakes (tail lights) when the movie is on.  Patrons are responsible for knowing the operation of their vehicle. Your owner’s manual should have information on how to disable headlights/daytime running lights.  If you cannot disable your headlights, you may not run your engine. Do not shine flashlights on the screen.  Laser pointers are strictly forbidden.

Smoking (including electronic cigarettes) is not allowed in any building or within 15 feet of building entrances. Smoking and running your car engine is allowed only to the extent you do not bother other customers.

Pets are allowed.  However, owners are completely responsible for the behavior of their pets.   Dogs must be leashed and under firm control when outside of the car. No animals are allowed inside the concession stand as per Health Department requirements. You may walk your dog in the east side of the theatre away from the parking ramps, but you must clean up after your pet. If your dog likes to bark at passer-bys, please leave them at home. Dogs are not allowed in the playground area (between Row 1 and the screen).

No loud radio/CD playing. No Littering.  Please place your trash in one of the many trash receptacles we have about the lot.

We do not tolerate foul or abusive language. 

We provide the movie soundtrack via F.M. broadcast to your car radio. Although we have speakers in the first six rows, we do not guarantee that a speaker will be available. We suggest that you arrive in a vehicle that has a working F.M. radio. Generally you can hear the movie in the forward half of the theatre and there is a walk up ramp in the front where you can sit and listen to the movie. But we will not give a refund to anyone because their radio doesn’t work and a speaker is not available. Also remember that we do not rent or loan out portable radios.

We may ask to inspect a vehicle if we suspect a serious violation of theatre policies (e.g. people sneaking in without paying or contraband such as carry in food/drink, alcohol, illegal drugs, weapons, or video equipment).  Any patrons who refuse this request will be ejected from theatre grounds without a refund.  If you have any questions about this policy, please email us.

We ask you to be courteous to other patrons and theatre staff.  We try to accommodate customer needs, but we will enforce our policies.  Management reserves the right to define and uniformly enforce acceptable and unacceptable behavior beyond these defined policies and house rules. Anyone who refuses to abide by our policies or follow the direction of our staff, will be ejected from the theatre without a refund.  If you have any questions, please see one of our staff members (if they are wearing a t-shirt, it will have the word “Staff” on the front).  For more information, visit our FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) page, or email us.


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    1. Movies start at Dusk. Generally dusk occurs about twenty minutes after sunset, but can vary depending on weather (Cloudy, rainy, sunny). Note that in June and July, it doesn’t get dark until 9:00 p.m. or later. In late August or September, it gets dark around 7:30 p.m. or earlier.

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