Barter Theatre
at the Moonlite Drive-In

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We know you are looking for things to do with your family so we have put together family friendly entertainment performed by the Barter Players. Enjoy a live performance from the comfort and safety of your vehicle. Get the sound through your car’s radio, watch the actors live on stage and simulcast on the big screen. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the show!

Performances will be Tuesday through Sunday evenings at sundown.

A Christmas Carol: November 20th – December 23rd

Frosty: November 27th – December 23rd

“Food City is excited to partner with Barter Theatre to bring live productions back to Abingdon...I personally can’t wait to go to the Moonlite Theatre to enjoy these very special productions”

Steven C. Smith, Food City President/CEO.
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At the Moonlite Theatre in Abingdon Virginia

The Moonlite Theatre Drive-In | 17555 Lee Highway, Abingdon VA 24210

Safety at the Drive-In

Read about the policies and procedures that are in place to keep everyone safe and healthy. By purchasing a ticket to a Barter at at Moonlite show you are agreeing to abide by the below policies.

Policies

Ticketing and Admittance

  • To limit contact between patrons and staff, patrons must purchase tickets, ahead of time, online at bartertheatre.com or over the phone at (276) 628-3991. 
  • There will be no cash transactions at the venue.
  • Barter staff will utilize no contact check-in when patrons arrive at the venue.
  • Entry to the venue will begin 45 minutes prior to showtime and the show will start when it is dark.
  • Admittance will not be granted to patrons not within a vehicle.
  • Drivers caught concealing non-ticketed people in their vehicle will be turned away, or asked to leave, without a refund.
  • Vehicle windows are to remain closed until the vehicle is parked in its reserved parking area.

Venue Policies

  • Vehicles must park in the center of their reserved parking space.
  • Only one vehicle is permitted per parking space.
  • Due to being in Phase III of reopening (mandated by VA’s Governor), you are permitted to sit outside of the vehicle, or in the bed of a truck, as long as you remain either directly in front of or behind your vehicle. You wouldn’t be able to sit to either side of the vehicle, only the front or back. This is in an attempt to maintain social distancing practices to ensure the safety of our patrons.
  • Portable restrooms will be available and sanitized between each use.
  • Patrons will follow social distance guidelines while not in vehicles.
  • No alcohol, illegal substances, smoking, or vaping will be permitted at the Moonlite Theatre including inside vehicles. This is a zero tolerance policy, Washington County Sheriff’s Office will be called immediately to handle any related issues.
  • No pets are allowed, with exception of service animals defined by the ADA.
  • No fireworks, bullhorns, noisemakers, or laser pointers will be permitted.
  • No remote controlled flying devices will be permitted
  • The first row of parking spaces is reserved for compact cars only. Large vehicles with reservations for compact cars only spots will be reassigned to the back of the venue.
  • Theatre management reserves the right to ask patrons to leave the theatre at any time if venue policies are not honored, or the safety of others is deemed to be in jeopardy.
  • There is a speed limit of 10 MPH inside the Moonlite Theatre grounds.
  • No parking of vehicles overnight.
  • Drivers must follow and obey traffic signs.
  • Entry into all buildings on the Moonlite Theatre grounds is prohibited.

Health Policies

The below health and safety policies have been developed under the guidance of the Barter Theatre Medical Advisory Board. In addition to the below policies for patrons and staff at the Moonlite, the Barter Theatre Medical Advisory Board has developed workplace safety guidelines to ensure the health and safety of all people involved in the production (actors, directors, technicians, etc.) throughout all parts of the show creation and performance process.

      • According to Virginia Phase Three Guidelines, patrons are required to remain inside their vehicles, or seated directly in front of them, except as necessary to visit to the restroom.
      • To limit contact between patrons and staff, prior purchase of tickets is required via bartertheatre.com or from the box office over the phone.
      • No cash transactions will be allowed at the venue.
      • The parking capacity of the Moonlite Drive-In will be reduced by half to enable extra space between vehicles.
      • Each vehicle will be parked in the center of a 18 foot wide a reserved parking space, with a limit of one vehicle per space. Parking spaces are 18 feet wide to comply with CDC social distancing guidelines.
      • All Barter Theatre staff at the Moonlite Theatre will wear personal protective equipment.
      • All vehicle windows will remain closed until parked in their designated spots.
      • Box Office staff will remain inside of the glass enclosed ticket booth.
      • No staff will have direct contact with patrons or their vehicles and will wear personal protective equipment at all times. 
      • Box office staff will utilize touchless check-in.

Storm Policy

In the event of weather related changes to your reservation, you will be contacted via the email address listed on your Barter Theatre account. If you would like to opt-in to receive text message notifications text your show date (in MM/DD/YYYY format) to (276) 262-8066.

In case of rain during the performance, every effort will be made to complete the show, even playing through light showers. If a performance is cancelled due to severe storms patrons will be notified via email and text, if you subscribe. Should any performance be rained out before the first 45 minutes of a performance, tickets may be exchanged for another date. If a performance is stopped after 45 minutes, the evening will be considered complete and no ticket exchanges will be made.

In the event of a lightning strikes in the vicinity, regulations require us to stop, or hold, a performance for 30 minutes after the last thunder.

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FAQs

How can I stay up to date about weather related changes to my reservation?

In the event of weather related changes to your reservation, you will be contacted via the email address listed on your Barter Theatre account. If you would like to opt-in to receive text message notifications text your show date (in MM/DD/YYYY format) to (276) 262-8066.

For example: to opt-in for weather notifications about the performance scheduled for September 3rd, text “9/3/2020” to (276) 262 – 8066

Can I watch from outside my car?

Patrons may sit directly in front of their vehicles during phase three of Virginia’s Phased Reopening.

How will I hear the show?

Patrons may access the audio for the performance though their car’s FM radio. Barter Theatre partnered with Broadcastvision Entertainment to enable this feature.

How did you develop the safety procedures?

These safety procedures for Barter at the Moonlite patrons, Barter staff and performers, were developed with the guidance of the Barter Theatre Medical Advisory Board. CLICK HERE to read more about this team.

How do I get tickets?

You can purchase tickets online, by calling the box office, or submit this form to be contacted by a member of our box office staff.

Will there be concessions available?

In accordance with Virginia’s Phase Two Guidelines, concessions will not be available at the Moonlite.

How long are the shows?

Shows are 60-90 minutes in one act. This choice was made to reduce restroom lines and is one of the safety measures approved by our Medical Advisory Board.

What time do the shows start?

Show start times coincide with sundown so that the actors can be seen on the simulcast big screen. Check your ticket for the exact time your performance is scheduled to begin.

How do I scan my ticket?

Before you leave home please print your ticket and write your row and spot number in the provided spaces on your ticket. If you don’t have a printer, you may write the letter and number in large print on a piece of paper. When you arrive, you will display the ticket/paper in your windshield.

Are parking spaces assigned?

Yes, you selected your parking space when you purchased your ticket. There are parking attendants at the venue to assist you in finding your row and space number.

What kind of vehicles are permitted?

Personal vehicles, SUVs and trucks that fit into a standard parking space are allowed. If you have a larger vehicle but have reserved a spot labeled for compact cars only you could be asked to move to a different parking space. Oversized vehicles are not permitted (i.e. RVs, trailers, etc.)

Can I leave my car running?

Officials ask that all cars remain turned off during the production. Feel free to put your car in Accessory Mode to listen to the FM transmission.

Can I bring alcohol to the event?

There is no smoking, vaping, or use of drugs and alcohol on the Moonlite Drive-In premises.

Will restrooms be available?

Yes, a limited number of restrooms will be available. Restroom lines will be marked for social distancing, and restrooms will be sanitized between each use.

What do we do with our trash?

Officials ask that you take your trash with you and dispose of it at home to limit contact and potential spreading of germs.

What about the safety of the performers and staff?

Barter Theatre’s number one priority is protecting the health and safety of everyone involved in producing, managing and attending Barter at the Moonlite. To that end, a medical advisory board with expertise in a variety of disciplines has helped to develop effective, detailed protocols that will protect Barter employees during all phases of rehearsals and performances.

How do I turn off my car's running lights?

For the best viewing experience we ask that patrons turn off their car’s daytime running lights. Here is an article on how.

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  • Usher concierge service at performances
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  • VIP Will-Call for tickets & intermission concessions
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  • VIP parking
  • invitation to a dress rehearsal
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  • invitations for two complimentary seats at each opening performance at Gilliam Stage at Barter Theatre and Stage II, including galas
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  • invitation to watch the set being changed between performances
  • a production mini-poster signed by the cast
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Supporting Role ($500-$1,199)
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  • unlimited use of 15% discount for Barter’s Gift Shop & concessions (non-alcohol)
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Understudy ($250-$499)
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  • invitation to Theatre Thursdays, a luncheon & discussion series giving you an insider’s view of Barter Theatre
  • invitation to the 2020 season preview event
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Player ($100-$249)
  • All previous tiers plus
  • Behind the scenes tour
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Curtain Raiser ($50-$99)
  • listing in the souvenir program
  • biannual donor e-newsletter
  • window decal
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Give By Phone: 276-619-3315
or Check: Payable to Barter Theatre - Mailing address: PO Box 867, Abingdon, VA 24212
Your benefits package includes:
producer iconography
Producer
  • All previous tiers plus
  • Usher concierge service at performances
  • Invitations to company parties
  • Additional customized benefits available upon request
director iconography
Director
  • All previous tiers plus
  • Access to a VIP hotline for reservations
  • VIP Will-Call for tickets & intermission concessions
  • follow the creation of a production from start to finish
stage manager iconography
Stage Manager
  • All previous tiers plus
  • VIP parking
  • invitation to a dress rehearsal
leading role iconography
Leading Role
  • All previous tiers plus
  • invitations for two complimentary seats at each opening performance at Gilliam Stage at Barter Theatre and Stage II, including galas
scene stealer iconography
Scene Stealer
  • All previous tiers plus
  • invitation to watch the set being changed between performances
  • a production mini-poster signed by the cast
supporting role iconography
Supporting Role
  • All previous tiers plus
  • unlimited use of 15% discount for Barter’s Gift Shop & concessions (non-alcohol)
understudy iconography
Understudy
  • All previous tiers plus
  • invitation to Theatre Thursdays, a luncheon & discussion series giving you an insider’s view of Barter Theatre
  • invitation to the 2020 season preview event
player iconography
Player
  • All previous tiers plus
  • Behind the scenes tour
curtain raiser iconography
Curtain Raiser
  • listing in the souvenir program
  • biannual donor e-newsletter
  • window decal