13 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.
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The Queens Drive-In, New 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:
MOVIE LOT at the Smith Haven Mall, Lake Grove
There are currently no scheduled screenings at this time, but you can register on the drive-in's website to get announcements sent to you.
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 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. You can sign up on the site to receive notifications of upcoming screenings.
Ramsey Theatre, Ramsey
Ramsey Theatre's drive in movies are located at the Eric S. Smith School.
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. For more showtimes visit the Four Brothers website.
Main image courtesy Skyline Drive-In NYC