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16 Outdoor Movies and Drive-ins in the NYC Area

16 Outdoor Movies and Drive-ins in the NYC Area

The absence of traditional movie theaters this summer is bringing back an old trend: drive ins and outdoor movies in NYC.

Updated Oct. 16: Outdoor movies have long been a summer passion for New Yorkers, with crowds annually flocking to places like Bryant Park and Brooklyn’s Rooftop Films. This year, however, with indoor theaters closed since March due to Coronavirus restrictions, New Yorkers are more eager than ever for outdoor (socially distanced, of course) theater. Now that Cuomo is allowing drive-ins, the options for outdoor movies are multiplying all over NYC, Long Island, New Jersey, and upstate New York: Restaurants are transforming their parking lots and drive-in relics are adding extra screens. It’s setting up to be the summer of outdoor film because, well, who doesn’t need a break from their couch? 

Tips for the Best Outdoor Movie NYC Experience

  • Bring blankets and pillows to make the car comfortable.
  • Bring your own snacks and drinks to avoid long lines or contact with others. 
  • Go early—these events will be crowded, and you want a good parking spot with a prime view. 
  • Bring something for the kids to do (books, games, drawing supplies or a screen) while you wait for the film.
  • Bring small flashlights, especially for kids, for finding the restroom after dark. 
  • Know how to turn your lights off both inside and outside the car (especially if you plan to have a door or hatch open during the film.) 

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Outdoor Movies in New York City

The Bel Aire Diner, Astoria, Queens

This beloved 55-year-old Astoria diner has transformed itself (and its parking lot) into a drive-in—and tickets are selling like crazy. Forty cars at a time are permitted and customers can order online their grilled cheese and other diner staples—which are then delivered to their cars. In addition to movies, it will also be hosting trivia nights and comedy shows. Tickets are sold on the website and you can keep up with event updates on its Instagram.

  • Friday, Oct. 16, 7pm: Paranorman
  • Saturday, Oct. 17, 7pm: Hotel Transylvania
  • Saturday, Oct. 17, 9pm: Rocky Horror Picture Show
  • Sunday, Oct. 18, 8pm: Pet Sematary
  • Wednesday, Oct. 21, 7:30pm: Casper
  • Friday, Oct. 23, 9pm: The Nightmare Before Christmas
  • Saturday, Oct. 24, 7:30pm: Monster House
  • Saturday, Oct. 24, 9:30pm: Beetlejuice
  • Sunday, Oct. 25, 7pm: Yellow Rose
  • Sunday, Oct. 25, 8:30pm: IT
  • Sunday, Oct. 26, 8pm: MNF Bears vs Rams
  • Monday, Oct. 27, 7pm: Paranorman
  • Tuesday, Oct. 28, 8pm: A Nightmare on Elm Street
  • Saturday, Oct. 31, 7:30pm: Hocus Pocus

Drive-in Experience, Radial Park

Thursday Oct. 29 through Saturday, Oct. 31, Drive-In Experience at Radial Park will be hosting Halloweekend Extravaganza, with theatrical performances, cult Halloween flicks, a comedic magic show, a haunted installation, trivia, games, and more. Screenings include:

  • Thursday, Oct. 29: Beetlejuice
  • Friday, Oct. 30: Hocus Pocus
  • Saturday, Oct. 31: Rocky Horror

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Skyline Drive-In, Greenpoint, Brooklyn

This outdoor theater is a drive-in movie experience with a stunning view of the Manhattan skyline. Visit the Skyline Drive-In website and pick the movie you want to see and you can listen to the movie's sound through your car's stereo or via Skyline Drive-In's rentable radio. You can bring your own chair or rent one if you don't have a car. Upcoming screenings include:

  • Thursday, Oct. 15, 8pm - When Harry Met Sally...
  • Thursday, Oct. 15, 11:59pm - Clerks
  • Saturday, Oct. 17, 8pm - Iron Man
  • Saturday, Oct. 17, 11:59pm - The Thing
  • Sunday, Oct. 18, 8pm - E.T. 
  • Monday, Oct. 19, 8pm - Rocky
  • Tuesday, Oct. 20, 8pm - Jaws
  • Wednesday, Oct. 21, 8pm - John Wick
  • Thursday, Oct. 22, 8pm - Scream
  • Thursday, Oct. 22, 11:59pm - Paranormal Activity
  • Friday, Oct. 23, 8pm - Beetlejuice
  • Friday, Oct. 23, 11:59pm - The Evil Dead
  • Saturday, Oct. 24, 8pm - Goosebumps
  • Saturday, Oct. 24, 11:59pm - Zombieland
  • Sunday, Oct. 25, 8pm - Hotel Transylvania
  • Sunday, Oct. 25, 11:59pm - Resident Evil
  • Monday, Oct. 26, 8pm - The Nightmare Before Christmas
  • Monday, Oct. 26, 11:59pm - The Silence of the Lambs
  • Tuesday, Oct. 27, 8pm - The Rocky Horror Picture Show
  • Tuesday, Oct. 27, 11:59pm - Us
  • Wednesday, Oct. 28, 8pm - Little Shop of Horrors
  • Thursday, Oct. 29, 8pm - Hocus Pocus
  • Thursday, Oct. 29, 11:59pm - A Nightmare on Elm Street
  • Saturday, Oct. 31, 8pm, 11:59 - Halloween

Movies in Your Car, Jamaica, Queens

This Black-owned, re-imaged drive-in theater is brought to you by Bounce Playground and opens on Thursday, July 30 at York College Performing Arts Center. Movies will be shown on giant inflatable, hi-def screens and sound will be played through your car radio. There will be two showings per night, highlighting Black American films like Belly.

Floating Cinema

This unique cinema on the water is coming to New York on Friday, Jan. 1 for one week only. The cinema will be made up of 12-24 mini boats, each holding 8 people. Tickets will require you purchase the whole boat so the groups are of friends and family only to allow for social distancing. Movies will be a mix of golden oldies and new releases. You can sign up to be the first to hear about ticket sales.

The Queens Drive-InNew York Hall of Science, Corona

The Queens Drive-In is located at the New York Hall of Science in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, presented by Rooftop Films, Museum of the Moving Image, and NYSCI. Upcoming films include:

  • Moonstruck on Thursday, Oct. 15
  • Ammonite on Friday, Oct. 16
  • Black Panther on Sunday, Oct. 18
  • Hitchock Double Feature on Saturday, Oct. 24
  • Coco on Sunday, Nov. 1
  • The Nightmare Before Christmas on Sunday, Nov. 15


Outdoor Movies on Long Island

The Town of North Hempstead, Port Washington and New Hyde Park

Throughout the summer, screenings will take place on Saturdays and Sunday evenings at parks in Port Washington and New Hyde Park, where social distancing protocols will be enforced. There won’t be any food for sale, but residents are encouraged to bring their own snacks, and there will be public restrooms available. Registration for the screenings is required.

MOVIE LOT at the Smith Haven MallLake Grove

On Friday and Saturday before 7:15pm shows, ticketholders can proceed in their cars down a row of sponsored tens and collect treats along the way in Trick-or-Treat Alley sponsored by the Ronald McDonalds House. Upcoming screenings include:

  • Friday, Oct. 23 - Ghostbusters (meet and greet with LI Ghostbusters troop pre-screening)
  • Friday, Oct. 23 - Beetlejuice
  • Saturday, Oct. 24 - Monsters Inc.
  • Saturday, Oct. 24 - Hocus Pocus
  • Saturday, Oct. 24 - The Ring

Nightmare at the Movies!Farmingdale

Watch a festive fall movie and enjoy dinner from the comfort and safety of your own car. Social distancing will be practiced even with the cars. All cars must purchase a dine-in package online in advance Tickets will not be available at the park. 7pm Family Friendly movie. 10pm Adult Audiences. $40 per person. $125 per 4 person car load. Includes $10 Adventureland Arcade card, chicken fingers, french fries, popcorn, bottled water or coke. Additional items will be available to purchase on site.


The GatewayBellport

This drive-in movie series is projected on one of the largest screens on Long Island. Movies are shown six nights a week. Movies all begin at 9pm and it is $35 per car. The movie audio is available through FM radio. 

  • Friday, Oct. 16, 9:30pm: The Evil Dead
  • Saturday, Oct. 17, 7pm: Monster House
  • Saturday, Oct. 17: Cabin in the Woods
  • Sunday, Oct. 18: Scary Movie
  • Thursday, Oct. 22: Alien
  • Friday, Oct. 23: Ghostbusters
  • Friday, Oct. 23: Saw
  • Saturday, Oct. 24: The Goonies
  • Saturday, Oct. 24: A Nightmare on Elm Street
  • Sunday, Oct. 25: The Blair Witch Project
  • Thursday, OCt. 29: Nightmare Before Christmas
  • Friday, Oct. 30: Hotel Transylvania
  • Friday, Oct. 30: Texas Chainsaw Massacre
  • Saturday, Oct. 31: Frankenweenie
  • Saturday, Oct. 31: Halloween

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Outdoor Movies in New Jersey 

The Delsea Drive, Delsea

This popular drive-in was once the only one in New Jersey. 

Demarest Farms, Demarest

This market in Bergen County is showing movies every Wednesday through Saturday night. Concessions will be sold from a stand. 

  • Sunday, Oct. 18: Casper
  • Thursday, Oct. 22: Nightmare on Elm Street
  • Saturday, Oct. 24: Poltergeist
  • Sunday, Oct. 25: Halloweentown
  • Wednesday, Oct. 28: The Silence of hte Lambs
  • Thursday, Oct. 29: The Ring
  • Saturday, Oct. 31: Halloween

Boxcar Movie Theater, Various locations

This outdoor movie theater also just opened with screens in Franklin Lakes, Montville, Madison, Boonton Township, and Bernardsville and is partnering with local restaurants to provide car-side delivery of dinner specials and snacks. 

Ramsey Theatre, Ramsey

Ramsey Theatre's drive in movies are located at the Eric S. Smith School. Upcoming screenings include:

  • Friday, Oct. 16: Jumanji
  • Saturday, Oct. 17: Trolls World Tour
  • Friday, Oct. 23: The Addams Family Halloween
  • Saturday, Oct. 24: Hotel Transylvania
  • Friday, Oct. 31: Coco


Outdoor Movies in Upstate New York

Warwick Drive-In, Warwick

This upstate staple now has several screens—along with some new restrictions. Masks are required when out of the car and the snack bar only sells pre-packaged food. The New York Times wrote about its packed opening night when despite the rainstorm, attendees were thrilled to be out of their homes and saw hope for a return to normalcy.

The Four Brothers Drive-In, Amenia

Four Brothers Pizza has their own drive-in theater which now shows new releases, throwback classes and a few indie films every day of the week. “We bring people together in a responsible way where they can enjoy themselves in dim times,” says the owner John Stephanapolous. Covid19 restrictions will be observed but movie-goers will be able to order the restaurant’s pizza and Greek specials from their cars.

  • Oct. 10 - Pretty in Pink, Coco
  • Oct. 15 - Schindler's List, Coco
  • Oct. 16 - Scream, Hotel Translyvania 3
  • Oct. 17 - Scream, Hotel Translyvania 3
  • Oct 22 - Scary Movie, Hotel Translyvania 3
  • Oct. 23 - Connected, The Addams Family
  • Oct. 24 - The Addams Family (1991)
  • Oct. 24 - Connected
  • Oct. 29 - The Addams Family
  • Oct. 29 - Halloween
  • Oct. 30 - Beetlejuice
  • Oct. 30 - Connected
  • Oct. 31 - Beetlejuice
  • Oct. 31 - Connected

For more showtimes visit the Four Brothers website.

Main image courtesy Skyline Drive-In NYC

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