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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:

  1. 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
  2. 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. 
  3. 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. 
  4. 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

Tune your FM in Radio to....

Astoria, Queens- Bel Aire Diner

July 24th- Sleepless in Seattle  |  July 31st- Grease  |  August 7th- Dirty Dancing

Movie Lot Drive In at the Westfield South Shore Mallmovies scheduled Friday- Sunday - some scheduled movies include:

Christmas in July

July 29th- The Grinch  |  July 30th- The Polar Express  |. July 30th- Rare Exports  |  July 31st- Elf  |  July 31st- Krampus  | August 1st- It's A Wonderful Life

Possible 2021 Locations:

Bayville Adventure Park - Visit Facebook page for times, dates, and details

The Gateway- The Gateway Drive-In boasts the largest outdoor projection surface on Long Island with a screen measuring 20’ x 40’. This is larger than all other pop-up drive-in setups around the area, and is a hard surface – not an inflatable screen.

Check back for more drive-in movies as they are added. If we missed one please let us know here.

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