Drive-In Movies on Long Island
Drive-in movies are an experience which can be had in various places across the country and even upstate but Long Island left its tradition of drive-in theaters in the late 90's when the last theatre closed. In the day and age of COVID there is a resurgence in this type of this unique entertainment. Towns are putting an emphasis on bringing this socially distant fun back to a windshield of your preference. Enjoy your car and a movie all in one place.
Here are some fun facts about LI Drive-In Movies in their hey-day:
- Johnny All Weather Drive-In- Copiague- One of the largest drive-ins in the country, the Johnny All Weather Drive-In covered 28 acres, featured two screens and a 2,500 car capacity. A number of amenities were offered that went beyond films, including a trolley that took patrons to an on-site amusement park and playground, a full-service cafeteria with seating on the roof and an air-conditioned 1,200-seat indoor theater for inclement weather
- 110 Drive-In- Melville- The site of the Marriott on Broadhollow Road used to be the 110 drive-in which had a 2,800 car capacity.
- Sunrise All-Weather Drive-In- New York State’s first drive-in was a single-screen operation opened in August 1938 and had a 500-car capacity. It was the fifteenth drive-in constructed in all of the United States.
- Westbury Drive-In- Westbury- was the last one in operation before closing in 1998.
Here's where you'll find them today on Long Island
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Astoria, Queens- Bel Aire Diner - kicked off its already super popular drive-in series. Make your reservations early and grab a specially named bite to eat.
Bayville Adventure Park - Visit Facebook page for times, dates, and details
Brookville, Tilles Center - Drive-in series! View more on their website
Farmingdale, Adventure Land: Visit website for list of dates and tickets
Lake Grove- Smith Haven Mall: Movies presented by Movie Lot Drive In. Visit link for times, dates and details
North Hempstead Parks & Beaches - North Hempstead will be running movies every weekend. Residents are asked to reserve their space in advance.
Check back for more drive-in movies as they are added. If we missed one please let us know here.
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