The Family Drive-In Theatre

The Family Drive-In Theatre, Stephens City: Address, Phone Number, The Family Drive-In Theatre Reviews: 4.5/5

The Family Drive-In Theatre

The Family Drive-In Theatre
4.5
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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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April A
3 contributions
Oct 2020 • Family
Ok experience overall. Watching the moving was fine and quite the novelty with the authentic drive-in speakers. The concession situation really
brings down my rating. They say to use the app to order your food and then walk up to get your food when you get a text saying it’s ready. This is meant as a
COVID measure, to prevent crowds of people in line at the concession building. However, their system is not efficient or even COVID-safe. Despite the fact that there were many workers obviously hustling to get the orders prepared, my order took nearly
an hour to be “ready” and when I went to collect it, there was still a disorganized crowd of people standing around waiting for their orders. Some were in a line, others were standing in a not very socially-distanced crowd. Occasionally a worker would call out someone’s name to come get their order. It was not clear what the line was for. I had to wait for 25-30 minutes (during the movie!) for them to call my name. I was disappointed to miss out on the movie time with my family. I think if we came again, we’d pay the $10 to bring in outside food.
Written October 18, 2020
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Ashleigh C
LaVale, MD445 contributions
Jul 2020
I've only been here for the Drive-in Concert Series by Awakening Events, but it's still a very nice drive-in, I'd love to come here sometime and see a movie. Somethings here are up to date and there are other things that are dated, but still it's a very welcoming place. I love at the first screen you have swing set for kids and a bench swing in front of the grass where you could sit there and watch the movie, the second screen has a gazebo and chairs around in the grass in front of the screen for you to sit on and over at the second screen you can catch a beautiful sunset. This is THE BEST DRIVE IN THEATER I'VE BEEN TO.
Written September 20, 2020
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ViennaMom3
Vienna, VA14 contributions
Jul 2020
We drove 3 hours round-trip for this theatre and it was well worth it! It was such a fun experience for us and our children to see an outdoor movie during the pandemic. The employees are very friendly too! My children loved the experience and I can't wait to go back. I'll be checking the website for the upcoming movies!
Written July 5, 2020
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Travelgal
Washington, District of Columbia, United States10 contributions
May 2020
My daughter has never been to a drive in so we made the trek from DC to see Trolls World Tour. We were so pleasantly surprised by how well run it is. It's clean, food is good and reasonably priced, staff is great too. We had the best time and she thanked me about 25 times for taking her. I would highly recommend making the drive if you live in the DMV and want to go see a movie or have your kids experience a drive in! We are already looking forward to our next visit!
Written May 22, 2020
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camden19
Winchester, VA284 contributions
Oct 2019 • Family
Been coming here since I was a little girl, the bathrooms and concessions need an update but thats what makes it so special....makes it feel like old school. Service is always great. We bought popcorn buckets at beginning of year, only cost me $10 for 2 buckets of popcorn and 2 drink refills. Luv this place.
Written October 14, 2019
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Hudson
Warrenton, VA3 contributions
Aug 2019 • Couples
I came to the family drive in when I was 5 with my grandparents (I’m now 26) to see Dr Dolittle and haven’t been back since because we didn’t live very close. My husband and I were looking for a low key date night and this was it! Super inexpensive, not too far of a drive, and so much fun. Definitely listen to the other reviews when they say get there early! We started lining up for the gate around 5:45, once they opened at 6 it only took about 10 minutes to get through and got second row parking right center. We had a great view! We didn’t pack anything except blankets and pillows for the back of the pickup. The food was good and lines weren’t bad at all because we ate when we first got there(prices were reasonable too, didn’t cost 5 bucks for a water!). Picture and sound was better then expected! Can’t wait to come back :) no complaints except for my husbands snoring during the end of the second feature! Lol
Written August 25, 2019
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Jackie O
1 contribution
Aug 2019
My boyfriend and I come here almost every weekend! We love the environment and the nostalgia we feel when we are sitting back relaxing in the car watching the movies! Way way better than sitting in a crowded theater! I more than highly recommend the Family Drive-In!
Written August 10, 2019
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G. Glens
1 contribution
Jul 2019 • Family
the projectionist muted the final scene of the movie to tell us that some guy lost his wallet and the entire lot full of people didn't get to actually finish the movie at all.
Written July 4, 2019
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We DID NOT mute the final scene.
Written July 5, 2019
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jkramer96
Frederick, MD6 contributions
Jul 2019 • Family
This place is fantastic! What a hidden gem. Laid back friendly crowd and staff, good sound quality, good view of screens, excellent concessions options with EXTREMELY reasonable prices! My kids and I had so much fun and will absolutely be back. Watching the double feature movie under the stars was pretty magical.
Written July 4, 2019
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LauBauMtAiry
Mt Airy, MD160 contributions
Jul 2019 • Family
I can’t say enough good things about this place! We arrived a little before 8 pm to watch the double feature. We waited about 20 mins on the shoulder of route 11 to get in but once we did, there were plenty of spaces to park and it was a well run operation. We set up chairs for adults and kids snuggled in the back of the SUV to watch. Concessions were very reasonable (maybe a bit underpriced! $5 for a large popcorn, $2 for bottled water/soda). Bathrooms were clean. Patrons were respectful. We will definitely be back!

***Bonus: my sister and i got a flat tire at some point. It was after 1 am at this point. The business owner, Jim, changed our tire! He was such a nice guy and went completely above and beyond. Thank you and God bless!!!
Written July 4, 2019
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