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Drive-In Movies FAQ

In addition to our Virtual Program, we are thrilled to be presenting films at pop-up Drive-In Movie locations throughout Charlottesville and Albemarle. Individual tickets to our Drive-In Movies will be sold online only and will be available to purchase beginning Thursday, October 8.

If you are looking for FAQs on tickets, passes, and access to our Virtual Program, please visit our Virtual Program FAQ page.

If you are looking for technical support on accessing our Virtual Program, please visit our Technical Support page.

Drive-In Locations

Dairy Market
946 Grady Avenue
Charlottesville, VA 22903
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Morven Farm
University of Virginia Foundation
500 Morven Farm
Charlottesville, VA 22902
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Schedule of Films

Films at Morven Farm will start at 7:30 PM, and films at Dairy Market will start at 8:00 PM. A full schedule of Drive-In Movies at both locations is listed below with links to purchase tickets. 

Drive-In Moves at Morven Farm | All films will begin at 7:30 PM
Wed, Oct. 21 : Opening Night Film – One Night in Miami…
Thurs, Oct. 22 : MLK/FBI
Fri, Oct. 23 : Gunda
Sat, Oct. 24 : Centerpiece Film – Ammonite
Sun, Oct. 25 :  Closing Night Film – Nomadland

Drive-In Moves at Dairy Market | All films will begin at 8:00 PM
Wed, Oct. 21 : Opening Night Film – One Night in Miami…
Thurs, Oct. 22 : MLK/FBI
Fri, Oct. 23 : Shithouse
Sat, Oct. 24 : Centerpiece Film – Ammonite
Sun, Oct. 25 :  Shiva Baby

VAFF Drive-In Basics

TICKETS: Tickets are sold per vehicle, and there is a limit of 5 passengers allowed per car. Tickets will go on sale at noon on Thursday, October 8 and are available only online through advance sales. There will be no on-site box office or ticket sales at either venue. 

ARRIVAL & PARKING: All attendees will be expected to stay inside of their vehicle before, during, and after the film screening! Each venue will open for parking one hour before the film is scheduled to start. When you arrive, you will be asked to present a ticket either electronically or printed out for contactless check-in. All attendees will be required to wear a mask during the check-in process. Event staff will then direct you to a parking spot where you will wait inside of your vehicle for the film to begin. 

AUDIO: Audio is transmitted via quality FM sound stereo that is available directly through your car’s FM stereo. The exact channel to tune into will be communicated on site once you arrive.

FAQs

What COVID-19 safety measures will be in place at each location? 

To provide the safest and best Drive-In Experience, we will require each patron to observe the following rules at both of our Dairy Market and Morven Farm locations:

  1. If you are sick, running a fever or have been exposed to COVID-19, please stay home until you are healthy.
  2. For the safety of yourself and others, you should ONLY attend this event with people in your immediate quarantine circle.
  3. All event staff will wear a mask for the duration of each event. 
  4. All attendees will be required to wear a mask during the check-in process, whenever they are not inside a vehicle, while using the public bathroom facilities, and whenever communicating with event staff. 
  5. Attendees will be asked to stay inside of the vehicle before, during, and after the screenings. 
  6. Absolutely no sitting or standing outside of your vehicle or gatherings on the sidewalks of the venue will be allowed and will be enforced by event staff.

When should I arrive? 

We encourage patrons to arrive early for all VAFF Drive-In Movies. Each venue will open for parking one hour before the film is scheduled to start. When you arrive, you will be asked to present a ticket either electronically or printed out for contactless check-in. Event staff will then direct you to a parking spot where you will wait inside of your vehicle for the film to begin. 

What happens if I arrive late? 

Parking will close promptly when the screening begins. No late entry is permitted. 

How many people are allowed in my car?

Tickets are sold by vehicle with a limit of 5 passengers per vehicle. For optimized viewing, please keep in mind that visibility may not be ideal in the back seats of smaller cars. 

How will parking work? 

Parking will be allocated on a first come, first served basis, and your parking spot will be allocated based on the size of your vehicle. For sightline reasons, taller vehicles such as trucks and large SUVs will be parked towards the rear of the venue so that they will not block the views of smaller vehicles. We ask that you follow the instructions from our event staff upon arrival to ensure a quick and seamless parking experience for all. 

Are there any vehicle restrictions? 

No bicycles, scooters, motorcycles, RVs, 7+ seat passenger vans, campers, buses, or extremely large vehicles will be admitted. No jeeps without doors or convertibles with tops down. And no vehicles towing trailers will be admitted. 

Will I be able to exit my car once it is parked for the screening? 

Attendees will be expected to stay inside of their vehicle before, during, and after the film screening. Exiting your vehicle is only allowed when using the restroom facilities or access to the trash cans. Sitting  or standing on your vehicle is not permitted. Lawn chairs, camping chairs, and sitting in a truck bed or trunk are also not permitted.

How will I listen to the film?

Audio is transmitted via quality FM sound stereo that is available directly through your car’s FM stereo. The exact channel to tune into will be communicated on site once you arrive. 

Will my car battery die if I run my stereo?

Most vehicles will be fine! If you are concerned about your battery dying, we recommend either turning on your car a few times during the film screening (please leave your lights off when doing so!) or bringing a portable FM radio. Tips to prevent a dead battery: turn only your radio on; keep fans and lights off; and avoid using heating or air conditioning during the film screening. 

Can I open my car windows?

For the safety of attendees directly adjacent to your vehicle, refrain from rolling down your car windows more than two inches from the top.

Can I bring food or drinks?

Food can be brought from home and eaten inside of your vehicle. Please only dispose of trash in proper receptacles or bring all trash back home. Absolutely no alcohol and/or illegal substances will be permitted at the event or inside your vehicle. Violators will be held accountable and prosecuted by state and federal law.

Will there be restrooms?

Restroom facilities will be available on site at each location. Strict guidelines will be provided to ensure safety and cleanliness. Sanitizer and/or hand washing stations will be available for use. 

Do I need to wear a mask or PPE? 

All attendees will be required to wear a mask during the check-in process, whenever they are not inside a vehicle, while using the public bathroom facilities, and whenever communicating with event staff. All event staff will wear a mask for the duration of each event. 

What will happen in bad weather?

Cancellations will only happen if severe storms, wind, lightning, and/or prolonged or heavy rains occur. A passing shower will not affect the screening. We will message out any delays or cancellations via our social media channels and through email to ticket holders. 

Can I attend without a car?

No. We cannot accommodate attendees without a car due to city, county, and state safety and event guidelines. 

Can I purchase tickets at the door?

No. There will be no ticket sales on site at either location. Advance sales are available only online. 

Will there be ADA accessible parking spots? 

Yes, there will be a designated number of ADA accessible spots at each location. Please alert event staff upon arrival if you will need access to these spots. 

What should I expect at the end of each screening or in case of an emergency? 

At the conclusion of the film, please remain in your parking space until directed by event staff to exit the lot. In the case of an emergency, please remain in your space until directed by event staff. Drive slowly and follow all directions.

Drive-In Etiquette

Please respect your fellow patrons and follow the guidelines below when attending a VAFF Drive-In Movie:   

  • Silence during the film, please!
  • Ensure your vehicle’s engine and interior and exterior lights are off. 
  • Please don’t step on your brake, which may turn your brake lights on.
  • Turn off or cover your dashboard lights and touchscreens. 
  • Refrain from using cell phones and video screens. 
  • Leaving the venue during a screening will disrupt other patrons. Please stay and enjoy the full show!

Thank You to Our Sponsors

Our Drive-In Movies @ Dairy Market Series is presented by Dairy Market, and supported by The AV Company and Charlottesville Albemarle Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Our Drive-In Movies @ Morven Farm Series is presented by UVA Arts supported by the Office of the Provost & the Vice Provost for the Arts, and supported by Charlottesville Albemarle Convention & Visitors Bureau and Morven.