21 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.
Get family activities sent to you
Get things to do with your kids
Delivered right to your inbox
Your reservation will include entry for one car and a 3-course dinner for two guests. Some upcoming screenings include Good Will Hunting, Singin' in the Rain, The Shawshank Redemption, Ratatouille, and La La Land. Visit the website for updates on upcoming screenings.
Pop Up Drive In, Sayville
In Sayville, where the hamlet's movie theater remains closed due to the pandemic, a pop-up drive-in is set to open at a still-undisclosed location.
The Great Neck Park District, Kings Point and Great Neck
This brand-new drive-in movie series will take place at either Kings Point Park (Redbrook Side) or Allenwood Park. Cars will be 10-15 feet apart and no food or beverages will be sold at the event, though restrooms will be available.
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.
- Saturday, July 25: Space Jam - North Hempstead Beach Park - North Lot, Port Washington
The NYCB Live, home of the Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale
Nassau Coliseum's drive-in series this summer began on May 29 with Trolls. The screenings will happen Friday (7pm), as well as Saturday and Sunday (4pm and 7pm) in the Ford parking lot on a LED wall facing Hempstead turnpike. Food trucks (Mister Softee and The Big Cheese) will provide refreshments and all guests will be asked to wear a mask when out of their cars. The lot will open 60 minutes before the film.
Patchogue Theater of the Performing Arts, Patchogue
Patchogue is also getting in on the trend. Their brand new drive-in, behind the Patchogue Theater of the Performing Arts, launched June 5th with a showing of Space Jam. They encourage everyone to bring their own food but provide Porta Potty restrooms. Find more information and upcoming schedules on their website.
MOVIE LOT at the Smith Haven Mall, Lake Grove
MOVIE LOT is a pop-up drive-in movie experience at the Smith Haven Mall focusing on family-friendly films. Nearly 2,000 cars have attended since its launch in May.
The Gateway, Bellport
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. The upcoming schedule is:
- Thursday, July 23: The Incredibles
- Friday, July 24: Jaws
- Saturday, July 25: Jaws
- Sunday, July 26: Jaws
- Tuesday, July 28: Death Becomes Her
- Wednesday, July 29: Willy Wonka 1971
- Thursday, July 30: Grease
- Friday, July 31: Raiders of the Lost Ark
- Saturday, Aug. 1: Raiders of the Lost Ark
- Sunday, August 2: Newsies
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.
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.
Playland Amusement Park, Rye
The parking lot will be turned into a dive-in theater for two Friday evenings (July 31 and Aug. 7). Films will be for families as a way to encourage people to get out of the house. Admission is $20 per car and there will be limited capacity to maintain social distancing.
- Friday. July 31: Aladdin. Tickets go on sale at 2pm Wednesday at this link
- Friday, Aug. 7: Dolittle. Tickets go on sale at 2pm on Wednesday, July 29.
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.
Main image courtesy Skyline Drive-In NYC