Featured Summer Day Trip: Voy Hwy 61 Drive-In Theater

June 9, 2024

This past week, we kicked off the summer season with a trip to the iconic Voy Hwy 61 Drive-In Theater, and it was an unforgettable experience, especially for our youngest, who couldn’t contain their excitement. Located just over an hour from both Cedar Rapids/Marion and Iowa City areas, this drive-in offers a nostalgic yet modern twist on family entertainment. Here’s why Voy Hwy 61 Drive-In should be on your list for a summer day trip with the family!

Arriving at the Theater

The drive-in gates open at 6:30 PM, giving everyone plenty of time to pick the perfect spot. The drive-in is designed with sculpted mounds that rise in a slight incline, ensuring a great view no matter where you park. We strategically parked our car, set up our chairs and blankets, and soaked in the pre-movie excitement.

A Brief History of Voy Hwy 61 Drive-In

Founded in 2003, Voy Hwy 61 Drive-In is one of the few remaining drive-in theaters in Iowa and a cherished summer destination. The theater prides itself on preserving the classic drive-in experience while integrating modern conveniences such as digital projection and FM radio sound, ensuring both quality and nostalgia for visitors.

Pre-Movie Fun

While waiting for the movie to start at dusk, there’s no shortage of activities to keep everyone entertained:

  • Concession Stand Goodies: The concession stand is a treasure trove of fun and treats. In addition to classic snacks like candy, popcorn, nachos, and walking tacos, they also sell frisbees and glow sticks, perfect for pre-movie fun. A soda purchase even gets you a souvenir cup—rumor has it, you might get discounted refills if you bring it back throughout the season (but don’t hold me to that!).
  • Free Train Rides: Kids can enjoy free train rides around the theater area, adding an extra layer of fun to the evening.
  • Play Areas: There’s a large field perfect for a game of catch or frisbee, a swing set, and a sandbox. For the creative kiddos, sidewalk chalk is available to create their masterpieces.

The Main Event

As the sun sets and darkness falls, it’s time for the main event. You can either tune your car radio to the designated station or rent a portable radio from the concession stand to catch the movie’s audio. The movie starts just as the sun is about to dip below the horizon, creating a magical atmosphere for the night ahead.

One of the best perks of Voy Hwy 61 Drive-In is that you get to enjoy two movies for the price of one every night! Here’s the ticket breakdown:

  • Adults (13 and up): $7 each
  • Children: $4 each
  • Ages 3 and under: FREE

Tips for Visiting

  1. Arrive Early: The gates open at 6:30 PM, and arriving early allows you to pick the best spot and enjoy the pre-movie activities.
  2. Bring Cash: While the concession stand likely accepts cards, having cash on hand can be handy for smaller purchases and rentals.
  3. Pack Comfortably: Bring chairs, blankets, and even a portable radio if you prefer not to use your car's system for audio.
  4. Enjoy the Extras: Don't miss out on the frisbees, glow sticks, and other fun items sold at the concession stand. They add to the festive atmosphere!

A Perfect Family Outing

Based on the joy and excitement from our kids, I can confidently say that Voy Hwy 61 Drive-In Theater is one of the best family day trips in our area. Whether it’s the pre-movie activities, the thrill of watching a movie under the stars, or the unbeatable value of two movies for one price, this drive-in offers a quintessential summer experience for all ages.

So, pack up the car, grab some blankets, and head to Voy Hwy 61 Drive-In for an evening of family fun. It’s a summer adventure you won’t want to miss!

Location & Contact

Voy Hwy 61 Drive-In Theater

  • Address: 1228 US-61, Delmar, IA 52037
  • Website:
  • Phone: (563) 659-9000