by Kathryn Rainer
The Goochland Drive-In is one of Central Virginia’s most well-known venues. You can go way, way down Broad Street to reach Goochland County. There, you can enjoy a picture-perfect movie with crisp lighting and surround sound. There’s a snack bar full of great options at affordable prices. The best part about this drive-in is not only the $4 ticket price, but also the great views you can get from the comfort of your car. Oh, and these aren’t old movies, either. It’s likely the new releases you’ll find at the Cineplex -- with the bonus of moonlight.
Classics in the Courtyard offers a different approach at outdoor cinema. You can bring your lawn chair, blanket and snacks down to the courtyard of Richmond’s First Baptist Church at Monument and Boulevard. Every Thursday during the summer season, a classic movie is cast upon the side of the church for the free viewing of those in attendance. This venue will allow you to view a high-quality, classic movie with the down-to-earth feel of the courtyard under the stars.
• August 10 - The Princess Bride
• August 17 - Field of Dreams
• August 24 - The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951 version)
• August 31 - The Glenn Miller Story
If that doesn’t meet your fancy, stop by The Veil Brewing Co. during First Fridays. If you didn’t know, First Fridays is a collective event during the first Friday of each month that incorporates downtown art galleries, live music, food and more. The Veil Brewing Co. puts on outdoor cinema shows that you can neither view in your car nor watch with lawn chairs, but it sure is a different experience. What’s the extra benefit of choosing this venue? Some of Richmond’s most popular beers are a few steps away.
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