Barter Theatre at the Moonlite Drive-In
A brand new program from Virginia's most famous theatre for summer 2020
Barter Theatre officially begins its 2020 season with live productions at the historic Moonlite Drive-In in Abingdon! The theatre offers family-friendly shows that you can enjoy safely from your vehicle.
Pick up dinner at one of Abingdon’s incredible restaurants, drive over to the Moonlite, and pull straight into your reserved parking spot. You’ll see the actors performing concert versions of the show from the stage situated in front of the big screen, and you’ll get a closer look at the action via a simulcast onto the big screen. The sound will be delivered through your vehicle’s stereos!Get tickets
What is Barter at the Moonlite Drive-In?
When you attend Barter at the Moonlite Drive-In, you’ll see the actors performing concert versions of the show from the stage situated in front of the big screen, and you’ll get a closer look at the action via a simulcast onto the big screen.
Producing at the Moonlite Drive-In was the only way for the theatre to produce this summer while staying in compliance with government safety restrictions.
Souvenir programs will be delivered to your mobile device, and the sound will be delivered through your vehicle’s stereos. Going to Barter at the Moonlite Drive-In will be a summer evening of fun and togetherness, all while staying more than 6 feet apart.View all health and safety policies
Play With Your Food: Enjoy Dinner and a Show
Abingdon's restaurants are open for business, and ready to help you plan the perfect summer evening. Whether you want innovative fine dining, or delicious family favorites, you'll find it in Abingdon. With over 30 independently owned restaurants, Abingdon has more eateries per capita than New York City!
Barter Theatre's live performances at the Moonlite Drive-In will begin at sundown, leaving you plenty of time to dine in Abingdon before the show. Or, pick up a to-go order, and enjoy a picnic-style meal in your car!See all restaurant specials
Plan your summer getaway to Abingdon
Abingdon is the perfect destination for a summer getaway, conveniently located along I-81, within a day’s drive of half the US population. Stay at your pick of accommodations, from luxury to more affordable options.
The historic, 4-Diamond Martha Washington Inn & Spa was built in the 1830s, and is now a full resort, with, spa, restaurant, saltwater pool.
For those who like to redeem their points, we also have all the familiar hotel brands, and then we have a number of vacation cottages and cabins.
Abingdon is your gateway to the outdoor adventures and adorable small towns of Southwest Virginia. Come discover why Abingdon is one of the coolest small towns in America!Plan your trip
The unique history of Barter Theatre
Barter Theatre first opened its doors in a time of national crisis, as the Great Depression gripped America. Beginning at its first performance in 1933, Barter proclaimed “With vegetables you cannot sell, you can buy a good laugh.” The price of admission was 40 cents or an equivalent amount of produce. Four out of five theatregoers paid their way with vegetables, dairy products and livestock.
To the surprise of many, all the seats for the first show were filled. The concept of trading “ham for Hamlet” caught on quickly. At the end of the first season, the Barter Company cleared $4.35 in cash, two barrels of jelly, and a collective weight gain of over 300 pounds.
Barter Theatre has continued to innovate throughout its history, and that spirit of American ingenuity is keeping the theatre on the cutting edge. Barter is the only theatre company in the country producing live shows at a drive in theatre.Read more about Barter's story