Aerial view of a Drive In Movie Theater
Aerial view of a Drive In Movie Theater

Enjoy this list of Drive In Movie Theaters currently open for business in Virginia. Vintage vibes never felt so good as they do right now and Drive In Movie Theaters are answering the need to leave the house but still social distance.

Be sure to check the website and the individual Facebook pages for the current rules related to social distancing at each Drive In. Most allow you to bring lawn chairs and sit next to your car. Visits to the Concession stand are encouraged because it’s the main source of profit for Drive In’s. However, some are delivering to your car after online ordering and others have precautions in place for you to pick up so be sure to check.

Hull's Drive-In Movie Theatre sign

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Hull’s Drive-In Lexington

Hull’s Drive-In Movie Theatre is located north of Lexington in Rockbridge County. It’s the first non-profit, community-owned drive-in theater in the United States. Be sure to read their History on the website, it’s quite interesting if you are a history buff.

Open March through October. Thursday through Sunday.

Online ticket sales only right now. Charge is by the Carload. Price doubles on double feature nights. Credit cards are accepted with a small fee.

Lawn chairs and blankets welcome. See the site or Facebook page for Covid 19 rules.

Order concessions online.

Family Drive In Stephens City

Family Drive In is located in Stephens City in the Washington-Northern Virginia metro area.

A family oriented Drive In offering events all through the year including concerts, car shows and more. See the Events tab on their Facebook page.

Online ticket sales right now. See the Corona virus tab on the website for more details about social distancing. Open Wednesday through Sunday.

Concessions sold online through Fan Food app for now. There is a fee for bringing in your own food. Understandable since a Movie Theaters only profit comes from concession sales.

Double features. Two Screen theatre. Ticket prices are very reasonable.

Goochland Drive In Hadensville

Goochland Drive In can be found in the greater Richmond and Charlottesville area. They are a unique Drive In experience with a very modern flair.

Unlike many other Drive In theaters in the U.S., Goochland does not date back to the 1950’s. They are a much newer location from 2009 which is spectacular really.

Double features. Tickets by the car load. Online ticket sales during the Pandamic. You will find an Ice Cream trailer there this summer! That is pretty cool.

Goochland is a two screen Drive In. Main Screen is the traditional Drive In movie experience.

The GROVE is their second screening area and features a beautifully manicured grassy lawn to relax on & enjoy the movies. This smaller area added in 2018 and a fan favorite and puts a cool twist on the drive-in experience.

  • Sound is provided through rich & clear in-ground speakers
  • Bring your favorite chair and enjoy the show from the lawn – there is reserved parking nearby
  • Blankets on lawn are now ok – but only in the designated area toward front
  • Pets welcome in gravel area, but not on lawn

Full menu concessions. Outside food are drinks are not allowed. Sound via your FM radio.

Bring your lawn chairs but keep social distancing in mind and check the current rules on their site first.

Bright yellow Drive In Movie Theater sign

Starlite Drive-In Christiansburg

Starlite has been showing movies under the stars since 1953! Family friendly Classic Movies. Located in Christiansburg in the Northern Blueridge Highlands region.

Double feature movies on Friday and Saturday night. Flea Market Saturdays.

Sound on your FM radio. Full service Snack Bar. “Hot dogs made with Mrs. B’s world famous chili, which is a Starlite TRADITION”

Admission price is very reasonable per person.

Long lines form on the weekends, so get there early.

Aerial view of a Drive In Movie Theater
Courtesy of Central Drive In Theater Facebook

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Central Drive In Norton

Central Drive In has been showing movies since 1952 and can occupy up to 400 cars. It is the oldest continually operating drive in theater in the state of Virginia. Norton is centrally located at the intersection of two main highways ,U .S. 23 and U.S. Route 58 Alternate and near the crossroads of three states.

Ticket prices are per person and very reasonable, have not changed in many years. Full snack bar with lots of options.

Tickets and Snacks are currently sold online.

Double features on the weekends. Family Friendly.

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Sunset at a Drive In Movie Theater
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Park Place Drive In Marion

Park Drive-in located in the heart of southwest Virginia, was built in 1954 and operated until 1983 when it went dark. It was rebuilt bigger and better in 2000 and still operates today.

Check their Facebook page for movie nights as they change. You will also find concerts. Admission is very reasonable per person. Special pricing on concerts.

Movies are not their only area of expertise. There is a 40 flavor Ice Cream Shop open Monday-Sunday from noon until 10 pm as well as a beautiful and well designed Putt Putt course with the same hours as the Ice Cream Shop. The Ice Cream Shop also houses an Arcade loaded with fun games.

Seasonal, Spring until Fall.

There are a whopping six Drive In Movie Theaters still in operation in Virginia. They have been a blessing during the pandemic to allow folks to leave the house but still social distance while enjoying some form of entertainment.

Because the movie studios are not releasing new films, the summer of 2020 is all about watching vintage and enjoying simulcast concerts from some of the music worlds greatest entertainers.

Some are priced by the car load, some are priced per person. They all have concessions which you should patronize as they do not make much profits on the movie tickets. They make their money at the concession stand.

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