SMITH’S RANCH DRIVE-MOVIE THEATER
*Smith's Ranch is currently closed. Please check their website for updates regarding reopening.
Enjoy movies under the desert night sky at Smith’s Ranch Drive-In in Twentynine Palms. Current featured movies and showtimes are available on the website. Tickets are cash only, but the snack bar accepts credit cards. Children four and under are free. The drive-in is open year-round on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.
One of the last American drive-in movie theaters, Smith’s Ranch Drive-In opened in 1954, although outdoor movies were screened at the historic Smith Ranch as early as 1940. The drive-in has a capacity for 330 cars and shows first-run movies Thursday through Saturday nights, beginning right after sunset. Movies change every week and the drive-in theater’s concession stand features everything from popcorn, candy, and soda to nachos and hot dogs.
Desert pioneer Bill Smith arrived in 1923 in his Model-T Ford and developed the haven known as Smith’s Ranch. Bill and his brother, Harry, drilled a well and provided water to homesteaders, and Bill’s shower, swimming pool, and trees were a welcome place for locals to cool off on hot summer days. Bill married Thelma Mead in 1930, and the ambitious pioneer couple built an icehouse, dairy, ice cream parlor, outdoor theater, and trailer park on their property, and a large recreation hall with partners Bill and Prudie Underhill of The Desert Trail newspaper. The Smiths had six children and were acclaimed as the first homesteaders to have a child born in Twentynine Palms.
SUMMER MOVIES IN THE PARK
Free family-friendly movies are screened Thursday nights throughout June and July in Luckie Park under the beautiful desert night sky. The summer film series is presented by the City of Twentynine Palms Park and Recreation Department and local business sponsors. See our Calendar of Events for the weekly movies featured in June and July. Movies are shown on the north-facing wall of the racquetball courts, beginning after sunset (the exact time varies from day to day). Bring a blanket, lawn chairs, and a picnic dinner to enjoy the film with your family and friends! Concessions are available for snacks and beverages. Admission is free, thanks to the city and generous sponsorship from local businesses and service clubs.
For more information, contact the Parks and Recreation Department at (760) 367-7562.