1510 Chapel Hill Road McHenry, IL 60050

May 17 and 18 is Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes and The Fall Guy. Special Showing of Boss Baby is Sunday for our diaper drive to help families! Check our events for more details. Reminder: After Memorial Day weekend with Garfield and Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes we are open SEVEN DAYS a week!

Family Fun Awaits at the McHenry Outdoor

General Information

Box office opens no later than 6:30 PM, however, once the lines at the entrance reach the road, we must open earlier in an effort to eliminate traffic congestion. We recommend arriving early to get a ticket as capacity is limited.

Adult $14.00
Military/Senior (60+ yrs) $8.00
Child (3 -11 yrs – Under 3 are FREE!) $8.00
Premier Parking ( front 2 rows) $5.00/per vehicle 

Season Passes on Sale Now

2024 Season Passes

You can buy a pass for your ENTIRE car load for the 2024 season going from March to December for just $300. Do the math – it’s worth it! Click here to buy a season pass now!

The Bremer Team Taphouse and Snackbar

Now offering Beer and Wine!

Here at Golden Age Cinemas McHenry Outdoor Theater, we pride ourselves on our concession stand. Our concession stand is what funds everything from the screen tower, to the nostalgic drive-in speakers, to the projector.

We offer many great food items from snacks to full meals: We thank The Bremer Team Keller Williams Success, real estate brokers, for their support! Monday’s you can get free popcorn on the house thanks to them!

Welcome Crystal Lake Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram and Leader Automotive

We couldn’t be more excited to announce a partnership with our friends at CLCJDR! You’ll find fun throughout the season and their commitment to community. You’ll see them on the big screen and at the theater throughout the season. This will include their families joining us for some of the great movies shown too.

They have been kind enough to extend an offer to our patrons with a special on an oil change. Click here to view the special and thanks for your support!

Heady Cup Roasters of McHenry Joins the Outdoor

You’ll find delicious coffee to sip on and their very own canned cold brewed coffee available here at the outdoor. We love to work with local businesses – and they are fantastic! If you need a pick me up at one of your outings here you’ll have a choice of rotating flavors to choose from. Very exciting!

Welcome Heady Cup Roasters to the outdoor family!

Rita's Italian Ice & Frozen Custard at the Outdoor

The delicious treats from Rita’s just down the road from us will be featured at select times during the season! If you’ve not tried this place for their Italian ice in numerous flavors and frozen custard, you’re in for a treat!

Look for them to be setup at the concession stand and look for more details on our Facebook and Instagram.

You can find Rita’s in McHenry when you click here.


Most frequent questions
and answers.
Box Office will open no later than 6:30 PM. However, once the lines at the entrance reach the road, we must open earlier in an effort to eliminate traffic congestion. At our theater we have an expanse of grass that is great for playing with the kids before the show gets started.

In order to provide the best movie watching experience possible, we provide multiple ways to listen to the movie. We offer radio checkouts with a valid photo ID for $5.

We have a limited amount, so while supplies last! If you don’t want to rent a radio or use your car, bring a portable stereo or radio to use and tune into 89.9FM!

Dogs are allowed as long as they are leashed and cleaned up after.
Upon leaving our theater grounds you must pay to reenter.

Yes! You may come to the first movie or the second if you wish. You will have to pay the same price regardless. If the box office is closed you can enter through the exit (carefully) and a parking attendant will direct you to the concession stand to pay.

Because our screen is located outdoors, we must wait until it is completely dark before the movie may begin. Movie start times will vary throughout the summer depending of the time of sundown.

At Golden Age Cinemas, McHenry Outdoor Theater, we do our best to ensure that everyone’s night is as fun and enjoyable as possible. In order to ensure that all cars have an adequate view of the screen we do have a few parking rules.

GOLD POLES: Premier parking for any size vehicle in the front 2 rows for ONLY $5 per vehicle.

RED POLES: Vehicles larger than 67″ will be required to park next to a red colored pole. Red poles are located near the outside, front, and back.

SILVER POLES: Vehicles shorter than 67″ will be required to park next to a silver colored pole. Silver poles are located in the center of the lot.

HATCHES: Any vehicle hatch that is blocking the view of those behind them may be asked to be lowered or shut.

All parking at the McHenry Outdoor Theater is first come first serve. Any objects blocking or saving spaces may be asked to move. We recommend arriving together whenever possible.

We strive to always offer one new release movie that will run for a minimum of two weeks. The second feature will usually be changed every weekend. Because we only have one screen, we usually will not know what movies will play until the preceding Monday.

Yes, we accept all forms of these payments.

We will always play through our movies rain or shine! We cannot issue rain checks or refunds.

We now have an app you can use to download and order your favorites from the concession stand. See one of our staff members for more info!

No sort of grilling is allowed at the McHenry Outdoor. That includes propane, charcoal, or electrical grills.
Barbie Movie Premier at The Outdoor
Halloween Trunk or Treat with The Bremer Team
Santa Visits The Outdoor

McHenry Outdoor Theater

About us

The nostalgic McHenry Outdoor Theater continues to make memories for thousands of families in the McHenry County Area.
With numerous years of experience, we at Golden Age Cinemas strive to recreate the entertaining, innocent days of the 1950’s. Put the kids in their pajamas, get in the car, and come out to see two movies for less than the price of one. Nothing is more American than spending a summer night under the stars watching a big Hollywood movie.