We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
New! Find and book your ideal hotel on TripAdvisor — and get the lowest prices

The Family Drive-In Theatre

Certificate of Excellence
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
Address: 5890 Valley Pike, Stephens City, VA 22655-5330
Phone Number: +1 540-665-6982
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours

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!

read more

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 103 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 73
  • 27
    Very good
  • 1
  • 1
  • 1

A taste of times past. Nothing beats a double feature under the stars! I absolutely love this drive in. The only setback is the lines. Lines to get in, lines for concessions... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Shawna W
via mobile
Add Photo Write a Review

103 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Showing 103: English reviews
Level Contributor
8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A taste of times past. Nothing beats a double feature under the stars! I absolutely love this drive in. The only setback is the lines. Lines to get in, lines for concessions, lines for the bathroom. Make sure you get there early!

Thank Shawna W
Locust Grove, Virginia
Level Contributor
27 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

if you have never been, GO! if have not been since you were a kid, GO! all the memories form my childhood flooded back when visiting this place! my kids love it! the staff is friendly and always smiling! price is right for what you get! the food is cooked fresh, tastes great!

Thank Jason H
Level Contributor
15 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My only experience at a drive in was as a toddler, so I wasn't sure it was going to be up to "standards" for watching a current movie. Boy, do I wish I had come here with the huge screen for the special effects of Star Trek this summer! Those little outside speakers did a great job with the sound.... More 

Thank usatraveler201599
Harpers Ferry, West Virginia
Level Contributor
30 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016

The Family Drive-In Theater?? Yes a Drive-IN and for Families :-) The owners are a great community partner to the Shenandoah Valley and they are also very creative check out their webpage for Special Themed nights. We participated in the Opening Night of Angry Birds and they came alive with the help of families making big cardboard fortresses and launching... More 

Thank Tracey P
Woodstock, Virginia
Level Contributor
16 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016 via mobile

I grew up going to drive-in movies then continued going into adulthood. This drive-in is only one of seven left in Virginia. Plenty of parking but obviously some spots are better than other. Snack bar is nice and prices are very fair. $7 for a large drink with large popcorn. Staff is very friendly. The widow speakers are more than... More 

Thank David F
Stephens City, Virginia
Level Contributor
6 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

Very few drive ins left. It's something everyone should experience once in a life time. I used to take my children (and their) friends there. Best night! Food, fun (there is a little playgound) and entertainment for a great price. The bathrooms could use improvement but that is really my only complaint. I have also gone there for date night... More 

Thank yankees5150
Level Contributor
5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016 via mobile

Our favorite part of the drive-in os being able to watch movies in my car or sit outside of my car with my girls. We love the all nighters, we have a blast. Can't watch a movie without popcorn which is the best. We have a blast every time we go. Love the events they do and all the food... More 

Thank mamaoftwoMiddletown
Manassas, Virginia
Level Contributor
153 reviews
67 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 September 2016

We went to the Drive In for their Labor Day movie marathon. They were showing 5 movies for $8! We stayed for Finding Dory, and Secret Life of Pets, but they showed three more movies after that! They had a food court. I got a hamburger. It wasn't great, but it was good. The sunset in the mountains was very... More 

Thank Jonathan T
Rockville, Maryland, United States
Level Contributor
34 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2016

We got there about ten minutes before the show started, so didn't get a chance to use the playground. The people at the front kiosk were very friendly, as were those in the snack bar. It really had the feel of a family run enterprise. They give you the choice of the old-time window hanging speakers or hearing the soundtrack... More 

Thank Barb R
Damascus, Maryland
Level Contributor
39 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2016

We made a last minute decision to head here on labor day weekend for the Dusk to Dawn Marathon. We barely arrived in time and got a spot way in the back. We were impressed with the entry price of $8 pp and $4 per child. The concession stand had quite a line, but the food was satisfying, mostly fried... More 

Thank AdamMD

Travellers who viewed The Family Drive-In Theatre also viewed


Been to The Family Drive-In Theatre? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of The Family Drive-In Theatre and other visitors
5 questions
Ask a question
3 months ago
3 months ago
8 months ago

See all questions (5)

Questions? Get answers from The Family Drive-In Theatre staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Will you pick up and drop off at my hotel?
  • I have a family of 7. Can your tour accommodate all of us together?
  • How should I dress for this tour?