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
Commack- Mema's Pizzeria - 8pm & 11pm showings - May 27th: Mary Poppins | May 28th: Sandlot | May 31st: Ferris Bueller's Day Off
Farmingdale- Cloud 9 Exotics: DJ Magic Presents drive-in movie, Friday June 6th - 2 showings available - Visit Eventbrite website for tickets and movie selection
Glenwood Landing, Tappen Beach - T.O.B. residents only, Thursday May 28th, at 7PM Finding Nemo - Call (516) 797-7925 for updated information
Huntington Station - Rincon Criollo - For movie schedule and reservations call (631) 271-2277
Kings Park- William T Rogers Middle School: Sat. June 27th 8pm, Visit Eventbrite website for tickets and details
Lake Grove- Smith Haven Mall: May 28th, May 29th, May 30th - Visit Eventbrite website for tickets and details
Manorville- Swan Lake - Dinner & drive in movie Sunday May 24th | Dirty Dancing - Visit Eventbrite website for tickets and details
North Hempstead Parks & Beaches - starting in May North Hempstead will start running movies every weekend. Residents are asked to reserve their space in advance.
Oyster Bay- Coach Meeting House - New York’s first pop up drive in movie theater with safe contactless food and drinks delivered to your car for a car hop dining experience.
Town of Oyster Bay, Residents Only - 7 dates and 9 locations! Visit website for movie details, free for T.O.B. only
Sayville - opening as early as June, the Greater Sayville Chamber of Commerce is seeking a location to house their drive-in movie theater proceeds of which would go to the Savville Chamber of Commerce and the Greater Sayville Small Business Relief Fund.
Sayville Athletic Club - reservation required and weekly schedule to be posted
Southhampton Arts Center - Southampton Arts Center is excited to announce that they will kick off Memorial Day weekend with a first-rate drive-in movie experience at Coopers Beach in Southampton Village.
Syosset - Join The Unicorn Network for their next fundraising event, a Drive-In Movie Night benefitting The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society! On June 11th, drive your whole family to this safe-distancing, fun event! Parking Lot and Movie Selection TBA. (The movie will be kid friendly)
Uniondale, NYCB LIVE - Drive-in movie weekend May 29-31, visit website for details and tickets
Check back for more drive-in movies as they are added. If we missed one please let us know here.
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