A one-time Shangri-la for drive-in devotees, Washington has experienced an exceptionally steep decline in al fresco theater establishments over the years. As one of Washington’s five remaining drive-ins, the three-screen throwback known as the Rodeo is still very much alive, well and charging $9 a head for nightly double features. This 64-year-old establishment in Port Orchard — a 45-minute ferry ride from downtown Seattle to Bremerton plus a 15-minute drive — is the largest drive-in north of California, able to accommodate 1,000 cars.
Other than a recent digital conversion, not much else has changed at the Rodeo including zero tolerance regarding pot smoking (puffing will get you ejected without a refund). On that note, the goodies at “Concessions Central” are standard fare — popcorn, corn dogs, nachos, soft pretzels, etc. — with the exception of a Puget Sound culinary staple: halibut and chips.