The Family Drive-In in Stephens City, Va. still uses vintage window speakers (augmented with FM radio sound, too) The drive-in was built in 1957. For a story on the vintage drive-in movie theaters that are scattered along a 400-mile stretch of Virginia Route 11. (Michael S. Williamson/WASHINGTON POST)
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GETTING THERE

From Washington, take Interstate 66 to I-81 north or south, then take the next exit to Route 11.

WHERE TO STAY

Wayside Inn

7783 Main St., Middletown, Va.

540-869-1797

www.alongthewayside.com

Historic 1797 inn with 22 rooms and suites from $99.

Sheridan Livery Inn

35 N. Main St., Lexington

540-464-1887

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Boutique inn in an 1887 livery stable. Rooms from $89.

General Francis Marion Hotel

107 E. Main St., Marion

877-783-4802

www.generalfrancismarion
hotel.com

Restored Roaring ’20s-era hotel with rooms from $89.

WHERE TO EAT

Wright’s Dairy-Rite

346 Greenville Ave., Staunton

540-886-0435

www.dairy-rite.com

A 1952 curb-service drive-in. A “superburger” costs $3.29, and a side of fries is $1.99.

Route 11 Potato Chips

11 Edwards Way, Mount Jackson

800-294-SPUD

www.rt11.com

Boutique chipmaker since 1992. Call ahead for chip-frying schedule. $1.25 to $5 a bag.

Dude’s Drive-In

1505 Roanoke St., Christiansburg

540-382-7901

Burger joint serving food in-car only. A Dudeburger is $2.60.

WHAT TO DO

Family Drive-In Theatre

5890 Valley Pike, Stephens City

540-665-6982

www.thefamilydriveintheatre.com

Every night June-Aug.; weekends only April-May, Sept.-Oct. Admission $7.50, $3.50 ages 3 to 11.

Hull’s Drive-In

2367 N. Lee Hwy., Lexington

540-463-2621

www.hullsdrivein.com

Weekends; admission $6, 11 and younger free.

Starlite Drive-In Theater

275 Starlite Dr., Christiansburg

540-382-2202

www.starlitedrivein.info

Weekends; admission $5, 11 and younger $3.

Park Place Drive-In

301 Park Blvd., Marion

276-781-2222

www.parkplacedrivein.com

Nightly; admission $6, ages 5 to 11 $2.

Moonlite Theatre

17555 Lee Hwy., Abingdon

276-628-7881

www.moonlitetheatre.com

Every night June-Aug.; weekends only April-May, Sept.-Oct.; admission $7, ages 5 to 11 $2.

Twin-City Drive-In Theatre

2512 Volunteer Pkwy.

Bristol, Tenn.

423-764-8033

www.twincitydriveintheatre.com

Nightly admission $6, ages 5 to 10 $2.

INFORMATION

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