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Alexandria Launches Drive-In Movie Series with Food Trucks

Drive-in movies were the rage in the fifties and the Age of Covid is bringing them back to Alexandria and other cities. (Photo: Deposit Photos)

ALEXANDRIA, VA – Amid the coronavirus pandemic, drive-in theaters have been making a comeback and later this month, Alexandria will launch its new drive-in movie experience, bringing family, friends and average moviegoers together safely and socially distanced to enjoy great cinema classics under the stars.

The Alexandria Drive-In Theatre, presented by Alexandria-based businesses ALX Community and The Garden, will kick off on Saturday, August 29. The six-part movie series will run on Saturdays through October 3 and will feature a popular collection of movie classics and family favorites.


The drive-in theatre will be located in the Eisenhower section of Alexandria in the parking lot connected to commercial space owned by real estate developer and event partner Stonebridge. The lot can comfortably accommodate up to 215 cars per screening. To help support food truck vendors who have been hit hard by the pandemic, event organizers have partnered with Curbside Kitchen who will be onsite providing a rotating selection of sweet and savory food truck cuisine from local truckers, such as The Chewish Deli, Gemma Gelato, Capital Chicken & Waffles and Bangkok offering mobile ordering. Movie patrons can also bring their own food.

Alexandria Drive-In Movie Line Up:

Jurassic Park, Saturday, August 29, 2020

Back to the Future, Saturday, September 5, 2020

Trolls, Saturday, September 12, 2020

Field of Dreams, September 19, 2020

ET, Saturday, September 26, 2020

Mamma Mia, Saturday, October 3, 2020

“ALX Community is proud to collaborate with The Garden to produce the Alexandria Drive-In Theatre: safe, socially-distant family movies this fall,” said Kelly Grant, Chief Operating Officer for ALX Community. “When we created ALX Community, our intention was always to be more than a coworking space; adding Community in our name was very purposeful and conveys the inclusivity with our city’s residents we strive for daily. Not only do we provide an amazing workspace for our members, we give back regularly to the city we love. Our fall series of movies will hopefully lighten your heart and any worries you have while you and your neighbors enjoy a few hours together, apart.”

“I love movies. I always have,” said Allen Brooks, Chief Operating Officer of The Garden. “I have some of my favorite memories going to the old Skyline Theaters and seeing everything I could. During this pandemic, we want to be able to bring an opportunity to gather again and experience the joy of watching some of the classics and contemporary favorites.  We at The Garden are so excited to partner with ALX Community and bring movies to Alexandria during these distant times. We are also pleased this movie series will bring funds to two awesome local charities.”

Masks are required at check-in and whenever outside the vehicle. Each vehicle will receive a garbage bag for guests to bin their own trash and to carry out post-screening. Gates open at 7:30 p.m and movies start at 8:30 p.m. Ticket cost is $30 per car, per movie in which all proceeds from the movie series will benefit two Alexandria based local charities ACT for Alexandria and Athena Rapid Response.

The Alexandria Drive-In Theater is made possible by our top signature partners Alexandria Economic Development Partnership, Yates Automotive, Jillian Keck Hogan Real Estate Group, and Comfort One Shoes. Additional sponsorship opportunities are available.

For more event information, movie tickets, food truck line-up and Alexandria Drive-In’s socially distant rules and FAQ’s, visit


What: Alexandria Drive-In Theatre

When: Saturdays starting August 29 through October 3

Where: 5001 Eisenhower Ave, Alexandria, VA

Time: Gates open at 7:15 p.m., Movie starts 8:30 p.m. (No cars admitted after 8:15 p.m.)


Cost: $30 per car per screening. No refunds. 100% ticket costs goes to two local Alexandria based charities

Inclement Weather Plan: Patrons will be informed 24 hours in advance of movie cancellations due to expected bad weather. There are no refunds and your $30 is still a donation to charity. In the event of light rain, the film will continue. If the weather gets stormy the event staff will decide whether to continue or cancel the event. Cars will be allowed to exit the lot when it is safe under the direction of the event staff.

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Mary Wadland

Mary Wadland is the Publisher and Editor in Chief of The Zebra Press, founded by her in 2010. Originally from Delray Beach, Florida, Mary is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Hollins College in Roanoke, VA and has lived and worked in the Alexandria publishing community since 1987.

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