The nation's first drive-in theater reportedly got its start in New Jersey, way back in 1933. By the World War II years, drive-in movie theaters were popping up all over Virginia.
At the end of the 20th century, nearly all of them had faded out of existence. So many aspects of modern life had changed. Today, there there are only six still operating in the Old Dominion. Two of them can be found along historic U.S. Route 11 here in the Shenandoah Valley.
Hull's Drive-in is located a couple of miles north of Lexington, Va. in Rockbridge County. It opened in 1950 as the Lee Drive-In. That year may have been the perfect time to open a drive-in theater, seeing as it was at the start of a big decade for drive-in theaters across the country.
Sebert W. Hull and his wife, a local couple from Lexington, purchased the drive-in theater seven years later, and changed it's name to Hull's Drive-in. Known for their friendly way of doing business, they kept it going until Mr. Sebert passed away in 1999. That year, for the first time in its history, the theater shut down.
Then, thanks to a community support group that was hastily formed to take it over as a non-profit operation, the feature film schedule was back before the year 2000 rang in. The quick action by a concerned group of people allowed the theater to hang on to its record of continuous operation since it opened.Read more...
The oldest, biggest, most unique and nostalgic Shenandoah Valley county fairs happen this month. Shenandoah County Fair, the oldest in the Valley, adds parimutuel harness racing this year. The Rockingham County Fair is another big August event. Experience an exciting and nostalgicValley vibe on a warm summer evening at the fairgrounds!
35 Hillview Ln. Uncorked and Unplugged. Music by various local artists. Bring lawn chairs. Lunch available for purchase or bring your own picnic. Family-friendly. For more information, call 540-377-6204 or visit www.rockbridgevineyard.com
Christ Episcopal Church, 114 W Boscawen St. Chuck Seipp, Shenandoah Conservatory Adjunct Associate Professor of Trumpet, and Randall Sheets, Ceremonial Organist for Arlington Cemetery: The King of Instruments and Instrument of Kings. Free admission. For more information, call 1-800-432-2266 or visit www.su.edu/performs
901 Amherst St. Bluegrass at the MSV: Bud`s Collective. Bring a chair. Benefits free community events at museum. Purchase tickets online by Aug. 27 to be entered in a free drawing for prizes. Museum member admission: $5, all others: $10. Ages 12 and under: Free admission. Additional admission fee for gardens and galleries visits. For more information, call 540-662-1473, extension 240 or visit www.theMSV.org.
10 S. Market St. King Lear performance at 2 p.m. For more information, call 540-851-1733 or visit www.americanshakespearecenter.com
Skyland Resort, on Skyline Drive at mile 41.7 and 42.5. JWST-NASA`s Successor to Hubble Space Telescope HST. 2018 space telescope successor to HST seen up close and personal with the latest pics and information direct from NASA. For more information, call 1-877-847-1919 or visit www.goshenandoah.com/activities-events.
Summerhouse Pavilion, 15 Appledore Lane. Dixie Outlaw. Discounts on beer purchases. Admission: $5 for live music show only. Music and 48-hour Park Admission, $25. Music and Drama Creation show, including Natural Bridge lighting, $14. For more information, visit www.naturalbridgeva.com
336 Belle Grove Rd. Belle Grove Plantation front yard. Belle Grove in a Box. 30 minute interactive orientation for all ages about the history and settlement of the Shenandoah Valley, the Battle of Cedar Creek and the impact of the Civil War on the Valley. Various props from a box to visually interpret surrounding landscape features. Aug 29-31 at 11:30 a.m. Aug. 28 at 2:30 p.m. Sept. 1-3, 6-10, 12-17, 19-24, and 26-30 at 11:30 a.m. Sept. 4, 11, 18 and 25 at 2:30 p.m.
Pavilion, 1290 Richmond Road. Sunday evenings through Aug. 28, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Series concludes with the Page County Ramblers. Dinners available. Food vendors begin serving at 4 p.m., bands play from 5-7 p.m. Limited availability. Tickets: Adults, $12, youth ages over 5, $7. Ages under 6 admitted free. For more information, call 540-322-7850 or visit frontiermuseum.org
Meet at the National Park Service Visitor Contact Station, 7712 Main St. Aug. 28 and 29. Sept 2, 3, 5, 9, 11, 12, 16, 17, 18, 19, 23, 24, 26 and 30 at 2 p.m. Two-hour, guided car-caravan tour led by ranger vehicle: Chronological interpretation of the Battle of Cedar Creek. Stops at key landmarks. Presented by Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park. For more information, call 540-869-3051 or visit nps.gov/cebe
ShenandoahValley.com is owned and operated by Shenandoah Valley Productions, a little “mom-and-pop” business, but one that’s located right here in the region. Our mission has long been to showcase the area’s visual beauty, unique “Valley” people and culture and, of course, some really, really rich history.
We first fell in love with Virginia in 1970, courtesy of the U.S. Navy, stationed in Norfolk. That was the year Virginia officially declared itself “for lovers.” But for us, the real love affair started in 1977, when we first visited the Shenandoah Valley on our wedding night. We moved here a year later, and well ...we are still here!
So it’s kind of a long story how we got from 1978 to this website, but here it is.
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There are places along Afton Mountain where one can see 360 degrees of majestic mountains, reaching for the skies above. It makes you feel pretty small, and pretty happy.