Local drive-in to be featured on TV show

The Family Drive-In Theatre will be featured on Voice of America, an international television show.

The show’s staff will be on site at the Stephens City theater on Saturday to cover the  “Classic Cars Under The Stars” classic car show and film presentation of “American Graffiti.”

Jim Kopp, owner of the Family Drive-In Theatre, said he loves the international exposure.

“The story will show how classic going to a drive-in theater is in the U.S.,” he said. “With just a few of us – 324 – left in the U.S. and only six of us in Virginia, any positive exposure helps with getting the public to know that drive-ins still do exist and that the D.C .and northern Virginia metro area has one still left.”

The “Classic Cars Under the Stars” show celebrates its sixth year and will feature three classic tribute cars from the movie “American Graffiti.” The cars tour the nation to promote the movie and classic cars.

This is the second time the drive-in will be featured n Voice of America, Kopp said. Voice of America covered the theater’s conversion to digital projection in August 2013. The segment was featured on London’s BBC radio 5, The Washington Post and on NBC Nightly News.

He said he had 45,673 movie patrons visit the drive-in last year, mainly from the D.C., Maryland and Virginia area, but also from 25 states and seven foreign countries.

“We just had visitors last week from Russia, Great Britain, Japan and Israel,” he said.

The Family Drive-In Theatre opened on June 14, 1956, and is celebrating its 60th anniversary, he added.

The classic car show will be held from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday. “American Graffiti”  will be shown at 7:45 p.m. and will be followed by the showing of “Sully” at 9:45 p.m.

Cars pre-1991 can register for the car show at 2 p.m. Registration fees are the same price as the movies. Ticket prices for the movies are $8 for adults and $4 for children ages 3 to 11.

Contact staff writer Kaley Toy at 540-465-5137 ext. 176, or ktoy@nvdaily.com