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Best Fall Film Happenings This Season

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Best Fall Film Happenings This Season
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Fall Films Shenandoah Valley

There’s almost nothing better than chilly weather paired with a good sweater, a hot beverage, and a great fall film to watch! This autumn, we’re diving into awesome movie-viewing opportunities happening near you. No matter your preferred genre, there’s sure to be something on this list that will peak everyone’s interest. Grab a friend, grab your tickets, and get out in the Shenandoah Valley!


Period Dramas

Lovers of a good historical romance will appreciate Barns of Rose Hill and Magic Lantern Theater‘s showing of their Fall Film Series: Cold War.

Fall Film Cold War

Cold War is a passionate love story between a man and a woman who meet in the ruins of post-war Poland. With vastly different backgrounds and temperaments, they are fatefully mismatched and yet condemned to each other. Set against the background of the Cold War in 1950s Poland, Berlin, Yugoslavia and Paris, it’s the tale of a couple separated by politics, character flaws and unfortunate twists of fate – an impossible love story in impossible times. Rated R 1hr 29 min, tickets are $8 general admission online or at the door, or $5 if you’re a member of either organization.

Film Clubs

If you’re looking for classic horror films, independent films, or even anime, look no further than Alamo Drafthouse Winchester. There’s always so much happening at this local franchised theater, you may find yourself visiting weekly (or more!). If you’ve never been to the Alamo, you’ll be thrilled to discover that they offer a full menu of delicious, occasionally themed food, drinks, beer, and desserts. 

If you’re looking to get your horror fix in October, check the schedule here. All month long in October, you can expect to see classics like Nightmare on Elm Street and The Shining back on the big screen. Plus, they’ve got a really cool overnight ‘Psychorama Sleepover’ Monster Mash, where $30 will get you in to see SIX different scary movies back-to-back, a goodie bag, and plenty of nightmare fuel! 

Fall film Alamo Drafthouse

Retro Vibes 

The Family Drive-In Theatre, located in Stephens City, is a local favorite and has been for many decades! This is a great experience for many different groups: families with young kids, couples, and groups of friends looking for some tailgating, campy fun. 

Starting early October, get ready for some scary clown action! Enjoy screenings of the new Joker movie starring Joaquin Phoenix and IT Chapter 2. You can grab your tickets here.

Fall film trunk or treat

The drive-in has operated non-stop for 57 years, holds 434 cars and has 2 screens. (Photo By Douglas Graham/Wild Light Photos)

Starting on October 19th, prepare for the Drive-In’s annual Halloween Trunk or Treat event! The event is held on two Saturdays in October (Saturday, October 19th & 26th). Enjoy Magic Shows by Kevin Owens, face painting, games, costume contests for children, teens, adults and even pets! Go “trunk ‘r treating” before a double feature of the new Maleficent 2 and The Addams Family on screen 1, or choose adult horror films on screen 2 (TBA). 

Film Fests

Fall Film Harriet

Zackary Momoh stars as John and Cynthia Erivo as Harriet Tubman in HARRIET, a Focus Features release.
Credit: Glen Wilson / Focus Features

The Virginia Film Festival has been serving up some serious movie magic and inspiring audiences everywhere for over 25 years! The 2019 lineup consists of over 150 films over 5 days starting October 23rd – 27th, in Charlottesville, VA.  

Every autumn, the Festival showcases celebrated new features and documentaries, fresh perspectives on timeless classics, and local filmmakers from right here in Virginia. The Festival brings in a fascinating selection of guests, from internationally acclaimed directors and actors to professors and leading cultural experts who lead discussions that stimulate, educate, and engage. Today, the Festival stands as one of Virginia’s most important cultural landmarks, and one of the most respected regional destination film festivals in the United States.


There you have it! When it comes to film, Virginia is no stranger to a good movie setting. We hope you have the best time going out this fall to experience some inspiring movie magic!