It’s really pretty simple.

Nothing special is needed.

Just come to the Sunset Ellis Drive-In Theater ready for a special night celebrating 70 years of watching movies outdoors.

As always, there will be a couple of great movies.

Tonight’s shows will include The Nut Job 2 and Spider-Man: Homecoming.

And there will also be plenty of tasty goodies at the snack bar.

But that’s only the beginning.

Tonight’s festivities will include a car decorating contest with a movie theme.

Sunset Ellis Drive-In

Sunset Ellis Drive-In

A magician will be performing, and more than $1,000 in prizes will be given away to lucky patrons.

Loyal patrons are the reason the Harrison County icon has lasted so long.

It opened in 1947, and still shows first-run movies at its Route 19 location between Clarksburg and Shinnston.

Sunset Ellis Drive-In Theater

Sunset Ellis Drive-In Theater

Folks still rave about the family-friendly experience, and many return with their own children or even grandchildren.

Oldtimers will remember when a trolley car housed the snack bar.

Shinnston News

Shinnston News

Although drive-in movies are disappearing across the country and state, that’s not the case here.

Owners have converted to the necessary digital equipment, and credit loyal customers for having supported them over the years.

Tonight will be a time to celebrate lots of things, including the end of another special summer watching movies under the stars in West Virginia.

Gates open at 6:30 p.m. Admission is $4 for children 5-11 years old, $7 for 12 years and over. Under 5 years old is free.