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 7, 2021. They are making sure that all the licensing and proper protocols are put in place prior to opening. Initially, they will be open on weekends only, Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays.

HIghway 18 Drive In Upcoming Shows:

May 7 – 9: The Croods, A New Age (PG) + Despicable Me (PG)
May 14-16: Gremlins (PG) + Caddyshack (R)
May 21-23: Godzilla v Kong (PG-13) + Mortal Kombat (R) 
May 28-30: Jaws (PG) + Jurassic Park (PG-13) + Duel (PG)
June 4: Spirit Untamed (PG)
June 18: Luca (Not Rated)
June 25: Fast and Furious 9 (PG-13)
July 9: Black Widow (PG-13)
July 16: Space Jam: A New Legacy (Not Rated)
July 30: Jungle Cruise (Not Rated)
September 17: The Boss Baby: Family Business (PG)
October 8: No Time to Die (PG-13)

Please see this note from owner, Lee B. regarding 2021 policies and updates:

We’ll be back to 2 cars between poles, which still leaves 6 to 10 feet between vehicles.  We’re still going to serve concessions at our East and West windows/doors, but this may also change as the season wears on based on conditions.  We still may restrict larger vehicles to the red poles on busy nights (our normal policy).  While on the lot, we ask those who have not been vaccinated to wear a mask and exercise social distancing.  Everyone in the bathrooms must wear a mask for now.

For this weekend, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday; May 14th, 15th, and 16th, we’re leading off with one of the wildest and most entertaining movies of the 1980’s: “Gremlins”, a “comedy, fantasy, horror, mystery, and thriller” rated PG.  A travelling, gadget salesman (Hoyt Axton) is looking for a special gift for his son.  While browsing in a Chinatown store, he comes across a cute little animal called a ‘mogwai’.  He talks the reluctant shop owner into selling it to him, but is warned to not expose the animal to bright light, water, or feed him after midnight.  So what could possibly go wrong here?  Naturally, the salesman and his son are careless in following these rules with the result that an army of gremlins are unleashed on the local community on Christmas Eve, with hilarious results.  This movie is a lot of fun that the whole family will enjoy.

For our second feature:  it’s the snobs versus the slobs, and class warfare was never funnier, in “Caddyshack”: a “comedy” rated R.  This was famed comedian Rodney Dangerfield’s first movie and he takes over the screen as Al Czervic: a nouveau riche, boorish real estate developer who invades the tony Bushwood Country Club, presided over by the stuffy Judge Smailes (Ted Night of Mary Tyler Moore fame).  On the other end of the socio-economic scale is Carl Spackler (Bill Murray), the “assistant” groundskeeper whose obsession with the local gopher chewing up the golf course leads to disastrous results.  Not much of a plot here; it’s just one hilarious gag after another.  This movie draws much of its heft from a solid lineup of supporting, veteran comic actors including Chevy Chase, Brian-Doyle Murray, Harold Ramis, and Michael O’Keefe.

Next week, May 21st through 23rd, we’ll be showing two recent releases: “Godzilla Versus Kong” followed by “Mortal Kombat”.

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 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.

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.


2 thoughts on “Highway 18 Drive In Open for the Season!”

    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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