Want to go see a movie? The drive-in theater returns.

Joyful moviegoers have been hit hard by quarantine. There's something special about going to the theater to see a new release, but pandemic conditions have closed down traditional theaters. However, drive-in theaters might be the perfect solution to keep moviegoers safe while injecting some movie-magic fun into quarantine living.

Following approval from the Virginia Governor's Office and the Virginia Department of Health, the Family Drive-In Theater in Stephens City, Virginia is set to reopen for its 64th season on May 1, with social distancing guidelines in place.

The movies showing there are Trolls World Tour and Onward. Tickets can be purchased at their website, here.

What precautions are being taken?

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A pic from the @Familydrivein Twitter account in March. 

The drive-in will be practicing strict social distancing rules like mandatory online ticket sales, decreased occupancy in the parking lot, and prohibited socializing. 

The drive-in theater speakers won't be turned on—instead, car-bound moviegoers will need to bring a portable radio or use their car radio and tune in to 94.9 FM or 92.9 FM to listen to the movie's audio.

Attendees can bring their own food and pay a $10 food permit, or order concessions via an app to pick up at a distance-controlled concessions counter.

Restrooms will be available for emergencies and will be sanitized after each use.

You can see the full list of safety guidelines on their website.

Another Option

In Lynchburg, Virginia, the Nomad Coffee Co. is testing out a portable drive-in set-up they call Nomad Movies. They're doing a private test-showing for the Lynchburg Humane Society and working out the details for a 50-car public showing. If you have the space to host a pop-up movie theater or know of a good spot, Nomad Movies wants to know via email at [email protected].


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Does any of that sound like fun? Or would you rather avoid the hassle and stay home? Weigh in with a comment!