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14 Outdoor Movies and Drive-ins in the NYC Area

14 Outdoor Movies and Drive-ins in the NYC Area

The absence of traditional movie theaters brought back an old trend: drive ins and outdoor movies in NYC.


Outdoor movies have long been a summer passion for New Yorkers, with crowds annually flocking to places like Bryant Park. This year, New Yorkers are more eager than ever for outdoor theater. 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? 

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Outdoor Movies in NYC

The Bel Aire Diner

31-91 21st St., Astoria, Queens
718-721-3160
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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.

Movies Under the Stars

Various public parks across Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx, and Staten Island
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Cost: FREE

Bring beach chairs or blankets to watch movies under the stars in your local park! The Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment and NYC Parks are bringing film screenings to public parks and playgrounds across all five boroughs throughout the summer. Enjoy new releases and all-time favorites—including Frozen, Toy Story 4, Moana, Raya and the Last Dragon, Minions, Coco, and the Wizard of Ox—all summer long for free! Visit the parks website for details on dates, times, and locations of screenings.

Skyline Drive-In

1 Oak St., Greenpoint, Brooklyn
347-464-0353
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Cost: $55 per car (up to 7 passengers); $80 VIP Car Experience

This drive-in movie theater in NYC has 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 movie screenings:

  • July 9: Coming to America
  • July 10: Godzilla vs. Kong
  • July 12: Green Book
  • July 13: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
  • July 14: The Princess Bride
  • July 15: Batman
  • July 17: Jurassic Park
  • July 18: Mamma Mia!
  • July 19: Inception
  • July 20: E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
  • July 21: How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days

Movies with a View

Pier 1, Harbor View Lawn, Brooklyn Bridge Park
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Cost: Free, seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis

In addition to enjoying a movie screening at this popular event in Brooklyn Bridge Park, moviegoers can enjoy food and beverages from Smorgasburg vendors, a pre-screening DJ set selected by Brooklyn Radio, and a short film curated by BAMcinemetak. Plus, there will be a free bike valet to park your bikes. The theme for this year's Movies with a View is Grit, featuring stories that celebrate underdogs and humankind's perseverance and resilience. Movies include:

  • Aug. 5: Shaun of the Dead
  • Aug. 12: Patti Cake$
  • Aug. 19: Akeelah and the Bee
  • Aug. 26: Karake Kid 

Camp Pouch Drive-In Movie Series

1465 Manor Road, Staten Island
718-351-1905
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Cost: $40 per vehicle; $10 lawn seating

Returning for the summer of 2021, Camp Pouch is opening its doors to families and the community for a drive-in movie series. This year offers additional screens, expanded viewing opportunities, lawn seating, and more. Before every movie starts, guests are invited to participate in the camp's activities, like archery, tomahawk throwing, rock wall climbing, and more. Plus, there will be food trucks on location, including Greek Festival and Empire BBQ. Upcoming film screenings include:

  • July 9: The Goonies
  • July 10: Grease
  • July 16: Monty Python and the Holy Grail
  • July 17: Back to the Future
  • July 23: E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
  • July 24: Transformers the Movie
  • July 30: Labyrinth
  • July 31: Jurassic Park
  • Aug. 6: Hook
  • Aug. 7: Ghostbusters
  • Aug. 13: Mary Poppins
  • Aug. 14: Shrek
  • Aug. 20: Beauty and the Beast
  • Aug. 21: Neverending Story
  • Aug. 27: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
  • Aug. 28: Wizard of Oz

Outdoor Movies on Long Island

MOVIE LOT at Westfield South Shore Mall

1701 Sunrise Highway, Bay Shore
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Cost: $40 per car

This pop-up theater screens classic blockbusters and new releases on a 52-foot screen. Upcoming films include:

  • July 15; The Wizard of Oz
  • July 16: Raya and the Last Dragon
  • July 17: Scoob!
  • July 29: The Grinch
  • July 30: The Polar Express
  • July 31: Elf
  • Aug. 1: It’s a Wonderful Life
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Movies by Moonlight

Town of Oyster Bay
516-797-7925
Cost: Free; limited to residents only

The Town of Oyster Bay is bringing back its Movies by Moonlight summer movie series, held at various parks throughout the town. The series is limited to residents on a first-come, first served basis. Vehicles will be admitted starting at 7pm, and movies will begin at dusk.

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Costello's Ace Hardware & Garden Center of Copiague, 705 Montauk Highway, Copiague
Cost: By donation; tickets for raffles are also available

Once a month, the hardware store hosts a drive-in movie as a fundraiser for KiDS NEED More, benefitting kids with life-threatening illness. Upcoming screenings include:

  • July 31: The Karate Kid
  • Aug. 28: The WIzard of Oz

Club 454’s Movies Under the Stars

Brookhaven Town Hall, 1 Independence Hill, Farmingville
Cost: $20 per car; pay via Venmo (@troop454) or on-site

This fundraiser is hosted by Boy Scout Troop 454. All movies will start at sunset, and the lot opens at 6:30pm. Upcoming movies include:
July 17: The Goonies

  • Aug. 28: Spiderman Homecoming
  • Sept. 18: Jumanji and Godzilla vs. Kong (double feature)
  • Oct. 30: Beetlejuice and Friday the 13th (double feature)

Outdoor Movies in New Jersey 

The Delsea Drive-In

2202 S. Delsea Drive, Vineland
856-696-0011
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Cost: $11, plus tax and fee; free for children ages 3 and younger

This popular drive-in was once the only one in New Jersey. Movies here are always a double feature, sometimes a triple feature! The drive-in is currently open on weekends, and updated movie features can be found on its Facebook page.

Demarest Farms

244 Wierimus Road, Demarest
201-666-0472
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Cost: $25 per car

This market in Bergen County has announced its 2021 movie night lineup, showing movies through August. Concessions will be sold from a stand. Arrive by 8pm for all movies, which begin around dusk. Upcoming films include:

  • July 9: High School Musical
  • July 10: Forrest Gump
  • July 11: Tom and Jerry The Movie
  • July 16: Monsters, Inc.
  • July 17: The Notebook
  • July 18: Playing With Fire
  • July 23: Apollo 13
  • July 24: Gremlins
  • July 25: When Harry Met Sally
  • July 30: The Breakfast Club
  • July 31: Incredibles 2
  • Aug. 1: Finding Nemo
  • Aug. 6: Sixteen Candles
  • Aug. 7: Aquaman
  • Aug. 8: Happy Feet
  • Aug. 13: Guardians of the Galaxy
  • Aug. 14: Zombies 2
  • Aug. 15: Wonder
  • Aug. 20: Batman
  • Aug. 21: Homeward Bound
  • Aug. 22: Jurassic Park
  • Aug. 27: Luxor
  • Aug. 28: Greenland
  • Aug. 29: Up
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Boxcar Drive-In Movies

Various locations 
908-485-7275
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This outdoor movie theater also just opened with screens in Madison, Boonton Township, and Bernardsville and several other New Jersey locations. The company is partnering with local restaurants to provide car-side delivery of dinner specials and snacks. The 2021 movie schedule hasn’t been announced yet, but you can sign up on the site to receive notifications of upcoming screenings.

Outdoor Movies in Upstate New York

Warwick Drive-In

5 Warwick Turnpike, Warwick
845-986-4440
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Cost: $12; $8 children ages 4-11

This upstate staple now has several screens—and typically screens movies as double features. 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. Warwick Drive-In is currently screening Peter Rabbit 2, In the Heights, Cruella, and A Quiet Place Part 2; coming soon are Boss Baby Family Business, Black Widow, and F9 The Fast Saga. See website for showtimes.

The Four Brothers Drive-In

4957 NY-22, Amenia
845-373-8178
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Cost: $15 per car and driver general admission; $16 for double feature; $12 adults; $8 Children ages 5-10; $9 seniors. For preferred parking, add $15 per vehicle.

Four Brothers Pizza has its own drive-in theater, which now shows new releases, throwback classics, 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. COVID-19 restrictions will be observed, but movie-goers will be able to order the restaurant’s pizza and Greek specials from their cars. Check the website for an updated schedule of movies.

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.) 

Main image courtesy Skyline Drive-In NYC

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