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The Family Drive-In Theatre

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Address: 5890 Valley Pike, Stephens City, VA 22655-5330
Phone Number:
+1 540-665-6982
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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We are a classic 2 screen drive-in theatre, celebrating 60 years of movie...

We are a classic 2 screen drive-in theatre, celebrating 60 years of movie memories "Under the Stars". We are the only drive-in theatre still operating in the Northern Va/DC/MD metro area. We offer classic car speakers, a playground for children, special events through out the season. Movies projected in High Definition Digital, stereo 5.1 surround sound if you use a car radio. Full service concession stand, offering hot meals to standard theater snacks. Double Feature movies of current or new movies are our standard offering, but we do triple and dusk to dawn shows as well. We are PET FRIENDLY-- so bring your dog(s) to the movies!

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Great classic drive in

First visit here - they actually have functioning speakers you can hang on your car windows. You also have the option of dial in on your radio. Sound was good, picture was good... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 23 July 2016
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New York, NY
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 July 2016 via mobile

First visit here - they actually have functioning speakers you can hang on your car windows. You also have the option of dial in on your radio. Sound was good, picture was good. If you bring in outside food you have to pay $5 fee. They have really bathrooms, not just pot-a-potties. Snack bar that has burgers, chicken fingers, snack... More 

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Mesquite, Nevada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 July 2016

Oh my gosh---took me back in time to a more peaceful, respectful, less complicated existence--It was a perfect night- weather ideal; no bugs, starlight. The movie screen was easy to see from any vantage-point; the sound was more than adequate; restrooms clean and well-maintained. The movie was terrific also, but just to be outside with family was something that will... More 

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Maryland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 July 2016 via mobile

We took the kids and cousins age 2 to 15 and the kids all loved it. Pull up to a speaker, and catch a double feature from the trunk of your car, or the roof if you like!! We got a groupon deal which is offered quite frequently so it was affordable for the kids to see 2 first run... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 July 2016 via mobile

We just love going to the drive in! It's a fun place with yummy snacks. Very family friendly, great value! Very nostalgic, & entertaining.

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Sterling, Virginia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 June 2016

60th Anniversary event was busy. We arrived at 6pm for a 9pm showing (luckily we bought tickets in advance)... There were barely any more spots available. This is a family outing - arrive early. Bring food or buy concessions. There is a kid playground. Concessions pricing was reasonable. Facilities were clean but small - city won't let them expand. The... More 

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Inwood
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 May 2016

This little jewel is an awesome place to take the family. It is wonderful for all ages. Grandpa gets excited as he shares the traditional movie watching experience with the grandchildren. Grandchildren have a swing and play area before movie starts. So no one is bored. You get two movies on the screen. Park your car and watch the movies.... More 

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Stafford, Virginia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 May 2016

I want to give this drive-in a score of 4, because overall it's a neat place, but there is one major reason I cannot. The lines for concessions are LOOOOOOONNNNGGG, as well as those for the women's bathroom (only 3 stalls). We brought a group of 6 girl scouts there the other night, and 4 of our girls waited in... More 

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James K, Owner at The Family Drive-In Theatre, responded to this review

Ann, as the owner of the Family Drive-In Theatre I wanted to personally respond to your review. First, thanks for visiting with us, and for the most part it looks like you had a fairly good time--which is important to us! I did want to clarify some things for your on your review.... first, I am under a lease agreement... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 April 2016

This is a fun night activity to do as friends, a couple, or family. Great deal (2 movies for the price of 1)! I've been here many times and enjoy going each time. We got the popcorn and drinks this time because we had a groupon deal, and the popcorn bucket was huge for a medium. Pleasantly surprised and tasted... More 

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New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 April 2016

One of the few remaining drive in's and with a very good movie selection. Two screens to choose from and two movies on each - great value. Get there early as the line forms quickly, you can bring chairs, blankets or watch from you vehicle. Old time clip on audio box or listen from your car radio, good screen and... More 

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Mathias, West Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 April 2016

Wonderful night under the stars enjoying clean family fun. Cheap prices and great food. Carnival like atmosphere great for children of all ages.

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