Moonlite Theatre


The Moonlite Theatre, also known as the Moonlite Drive-In, is a historic drive-in theater located near Abingdon, Washington County, Virginia. It was built in 1949. Remaining original building and structures include the 65-foot-tall screen tower and office wing, the ticket booth, the concession stand/projector booth building, and the neon-illuminated attraction board at the edge of the highway. The theatre includes 454 parking/viewing spaces designed as reverse-incline ramps.It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2007, and was one of few drive-in theaters nationwide to be awarded that distinction.The Moonlite closed in 2013 and was in danger of being lost due to neglect. Some renovation work was begun in late 2016 under an agreement establishing joint ownership of the theater and through monetary and labor contributions from private individuals. Although these were not yet complete, it re-opened and began showing its traditional week-end double features in October 2016.As of March, 2017, the agreement that led to the renovations has come under dispute and a lawsuit has been filed. (Dark Side of the Moonlite: Lawsuit filed against owner of Moonlite Drive-in, BRISTOL HERALD COURIER Mar 24, 2017)The future of the theater is in unclear and the owner has it listed for sale with an asking price of $1.25 million. thumb


17555 Lee Hwy
Abingdon, VA


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