Milky Way Drive-In returns for second season at Ballpark Commons

Kicks off May 22 with Bon Jovi concert showing

Milky Way Drive-In at Ballpark Commons. Credit: ROC Ventures

The Milky Way Drive-In cinema at Ballpark Commons in Franklin is back for another summer.

The 150-vehicle outdoor movie theater debuted last year as a popular COVID-safe attraction for kids and adults, alike. On Friday, Milky Way announced its second season will begin May 22, with Bon Jovi’s exclusive drive-in concert experience.

The “never-before-seen” concert will be broadcast one evening only at about 300 drive-in and outdoor theaters and select indoor cinemas across the United States, Canada and Ireland, according to producer Encore Drive-In Nights. Milky Way is one of six drive-ins across Wisconsin broadcasting the show.

Tickets for the 9:45 p.m. showing are available through Milky Way’s website. Admission is $89 per vehicle of no more than six people. The concert will be shown as a separate event at the adjacent Franklin Field at 5 p.m.

Milky Way’s lineup through June 6 includes “Frozen II,” “Black Panther,” “Marvel’s The Avengers,” and “Minions.” “Jurassic Park” and “Guardians of the Galaxy” will be shown as a double feature on June 3. On days when the Milwaukee Milkmen don’t have home games, films are shown on a 40-foot LED screen, with sound transmitted via radio frequency.

Tickets are $35 per vehicle. The cinema serves an array of concessions, available to order online for delivery by carhop. It also hosts a rotating selection of local food trucks and vendors.

“After a great inaugural year at Milky Way, we’re very, very excited to bring back the drive-in experience for 2021,” said Mike Zimmerman, CEO of ROC Ventures, developer of the Ballpark Commons mixed-use development and owner of the Milwaukee Milkmen. “The Milky Way Drive-In offers a terrific food-and-entertainment ‘night out’ experience in a safe environment.”

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Maredithe has covered retail, restaurants, entertainment and tourism since 2018. Her duties as associate editor include copy editing, page proofing and managing work flow. Meyer earned a degree in journalism from Marquette University and still enjoys attending men’s basketball games to cheer on the Golden Eagles. Also in her free time, Meyer coaches high school field hockey and loves trying out new restaurants in Milwaukee.

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