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The Barter Theater has officially launched its brand new business, Barter at the Moonlite Drive In. The first screening of The Wizard of Oz by Barter makes the 87-year-old company the first in the country to develop a large-scale drive-in cinema while respecting social distancing. To accommodate the screenings, the previously vacant Moonlite Theater Drive In in Abingdon, VA has been cleaned up and turned into a performance hall, with a covered stage and parking space for up to 220 widely spaced cars.

This is the nation’s oldest professional theater located in Abingdon, Virginia. The theater opened in 1933, during the Great Depression. Its founder, Robert Porterfield, offered his customers access to the theater by bartering food and livestock. The Barter Theater was designated as the State Theater of Virginia in 1946. It is today one of the last year-round resident professional repertory theaters in the United States. The Barter Theater is funded in part by the Virginia Commission for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Contact: C/o Rep & Co, The Capital Region USA, 2 square Trudaine – 75009 Paris – France, Emmanuelle Massieu, Email: emmanuelle@repandco-France.com


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