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Catch a Movie at the Capri Drive In

Andrew Norton

Sometime this summer you need to take a trip to Coldwater and see the double feature at the Capri Drive-In Theatre. Family owned and operated since 1964 this is rated as one of the nation’s top ten drive-ins. The Capri features two screens, which allow it to accommodate up to 850 cars and four different movies each night (two features on two screens). The Capri’s snack bar even made headlines when it was featured on the Food Networks “Top 5 Drive-Up Joints.” With its large menu and excellent prices it is no wonder the snack bar has reached critical acclaim status.

The Capri is one of the few drive-ins that are open seven nights a week. We attended a mid-week show and even the light rain couldn’t dampen our spirits or drown out the fun. Everything about the Capri Drive-In was great. The entire place was clean from the parking area to the bathrooms and snack bar. They even show nostalgic advertisements for the concessions and the intermission includes a timer that counts down the minutes until the second feature begins.

All in all the Capri Drive-In rates as a top-notch night of family fun. Everything about the Capri is family oriented and friendly. It was great to see carloads of families and friends get there early and toss a football around and set up their lawn chairs for the show. We had a blast and will definitely make it a point to go at least once a summer. Absolutely worth the drive and worth not getting home until two o’clock in the morning.

The other neat thing about the Capri is that they have different events for some nights of the week all summer long. Sunday night is Buffet Night (as in Jimmy Buffet, not Old Country Buffet). Wear a Hawaiian shirt and receive $1 off the already low admission of $7 (for adults) and receive $1 off a cheeseburger. Tuesday nights you pay only $15 for a carload so pack everyone in and enjoy a night of entertainment on the cheap! Visit their website for information on their other special events.

Please note that the Capri is extremely popular and on weekends I have seen lines stretching half a mile or more down U.S. 12 so get there early (box office opens at 8pm). For more information about the Capri and the history of the Drive-In please visit their website at