Theaters are still closed, but if you’re missing the big screen, an old classic is still an option. Drive-in screens are making a comeback this summer as a safe alternative, and Northern Virginia is getting in on the action, from traditional outdoor screenings with socially distanced spacing to an authentic experience straight out of the ‘50s.

Let’s take a look at what you can watch and where you can find it this weekend.

Family Drive-In Theatre, Stephens City

Even before this year, the drive-in wasn’t gone in NoVA, it was just a short road trip away. The Family Drive-In Theatre in Stephens City, Va., is the real deal, having been in operation since 1956 and featuring two screens that play double features for single admission price.

Classic films have been the main stay as most new releases have been delayed, but this week will offer two NoVA big-screen debuts in the Andy Samberg and Cristin Miliota time-loop comedy “Palm Springs” and the horror film “Followed” on one screen, then a pair of ‘80s favorites — “Karate Kid” and “Labyrinth” — will play on the other.

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Movies at the Pfitz, Woodbridge

The Lake Ridge and Woodbridge Rotary Clubs are sponsoring a four-week schedule of drive-in movies at Pfitzner Stadium in Woodbridge that in addition to the movie will include food trucks.

Kicking things off on July 25 will be one of the original summer blockbuster classics, Steven Spielberg’s “Raiders of the Lost Ark.”

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Pull Up Drive-In Movie Experience, Springfield

How long has it been since you’ve been to the mall? While it’s not the shopping experience that most people go for, Springfield Mall is welcoming people to its parking lot to do as its event name says, pull up and enjoy a great movie.

Tickle your funny bone this week with an Eddie Murphy double feature, as “Coming to America” plays on Friday, July 24, and “Boomerang” will be the Saturday, July 25, show.

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Drive-In Movies at Workhouse Arts Center, Lorton

The Workhouse Arts Center is welcoming families to what it is calling its “socially distanced drive-in theater,” with vehicle limits (75) and parking in every other space.

But hopefully that aspect will be out of mind as you’re enjoying some family films, this week in the form of a pair of Jim Henson-inspired cult classics, “The Dark Crystal” on Friday and “Labyrinth” with David Bowie and Jennifer Connelly on Saturday.

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South Riding Movie Nights, South Riding

The summer movie night tradition in South Riding has adapted to a drive-in and is now taking place at the South Riding Town Center. They do stress that registration is required, as guests will be emailed entrance times.

These weekly offerings actually take place on Tuesdays through August, and this week’s film (July 28) will be a screening of the animated film “Ugly Dolls” from 2019.

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There are other drive-in events in the area that are taking place throughout the summer that may be sold out this week or not playing. This includes pop-up drive-ins at the Mosaic DistrictCapital One Center in Tysons (which is free but has a wait list) and more throughout the DMV.

If, like me, you’ve been wanting to cross a drive-in movie off your film bucket list, now is the time to do it.