Civil War Movie Weekend to support Cedar Creek

By Ryan Cornell

A special event in Stephens City this weekend is bringing the Civil War to the silver screen.

The Family Drive-In will host its first ever Civil War Movie Weekend from Friday to Sunday, with 10 percent of proceeds from concession sales benefiting the Cedar Creek Battlefield Foundation.

The drive-in theater, located off U.S. 11 south of Stephens City, will screen four of the finest films of the war: “Gods and Generals,” “Gettysburg,” “Glory” and “Shenandoah.”

Jim Kopp, who operates the theater, said the latter three titles are the top Civil War movies of all time according to several websites, while Jimmy Stewart’s 1965 classic “hits very close to us in the Shenandoah Valley.”

He said Patrick Gorman, who portrays Maj. Gen. John Bell Hood in “Gettysburg” and “Gods and Generals,” will be at the event all weekend to sign autographs and talk about his role in the films.

“He says he’s not an A-list actor, but he has quite an acting career,” Kopp said. “If you looked up his [Internet Movie Database] profile, one of the things he’s doing now is playing Alfred Knapp in ‘Sleepy Hollow.'”

An encampment of Civil War reenactors will also be present at the drive-in and the soldiers might even stage a skirmish.

Show times are 8 p.m. Friday for “Gods and Generals,” 8 p.m. Saturday for “Gettysburg,” 8 p.m. Sunday for “Glory” and 10 p.m. Sunday for “Shenandoah.”

At a price of $20 for adults and $10 for children, viewers can get a weekend pass to watch all four movies. Individual admission to each movie is $8 for adults and $4 for kids.

The Civil War Movie Weekend will raise money for the Cedar Creek Battlefield Foundation and help preserve its Middletown battlefield.

The foundation is hosting the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Cedar Creek from Oct. 15-20. Historically the valley’s biggest reenactment, it will grow even bigger for the sesquicentennial celebration.

For more information or to purchase tickets online, visit thefamilydriveintheatre.com