None of us probably expected to be wondering “Where is there a drive-in movie theater near me?” this summer, but as we’ve all learned, things are a bit different this season. While seeing a flick inside is probably off the table for a while drive-ins are doable (and sanctioned) if you wear a mask etc. Here are drive-in movie theaters in and around New York State for your summer 2020 viewing pleasure. (Note: yes, they start later due to that summer sun, which needs to set.) P.S. If you need one, these are some of our favorite face masks for adults and kids from NYC makers!
The newest drive-in on the block, the Skyline Drive-in in Greenpoint allows patrons to catch a movie and take in stunning views of Manhattan and the East River. In addition to space for cars, the Brooklyn drive-in will have pedestrian seating (socially distanced, we assume), and you can even bring your own food and drink. The Skyline Drive-in will be open Friday and Saturday nights.
Tickets: $54.99/car (max seven people)
1 Oak St.
Bel Aire Diner Drive-in
An early adopter of the makeshift drive-in setup, this beloved Astoria, Queens diner is coming through big time with film screenings this summer. Movies shown include The Peanuts Movie, Sing, Shreck, Edward Scissorhands and Get Out. Reservations must be made through the diner's event page, and you can keep up to date on when reservations open by following the diner's Facebook and other social media pages. Cars are $32 for two movies (an early and a late show), and you must have at least two people, but not more than five in your car. Social distancing, no-contact purchasing (via an app) for food, and mandatory mask use are in effect.
Juicy Lucy BBQ
If you like a side of brisket with your cinema, head to Staten Island's Jucy Lucy BBQ. Opening June 12, the popular Ocean Breeze restaurant makes use of its three-acre lot to show kid-friendly movies with a nostalgic bent. (Star Wars: A New Hope, Grease and Raiders of the Lost Ark are examples of titles coming to the Staten Island LED screen. (If brisket isn't your thing, don't worry, Juicy Lucy has an extensive menu of salads, burgers and sandwiches, as well as over-the-top milkshakes to satisfy your sweet tooth.
809 Father Capodanno Blvd.
1 Oak St.
Movie Lot Drive-In
This Long Island Drive-in is taking over a big parking lot at the Smith Haven Mall and showing kid-friendly favorites (Goonies, Madagascar, Toy Story 4) and oldies but goodies (Bad News Bears, Footloose, Jurassic Park). Mask-wearing is required, and bathrooms are port-a-potties on site. Tickets are $40 per car and you must purchase tickets in advance. Read full rules for attendance here.
313 Smith Haven Mall
Lake Grove, NY
Sag Harbor Cinema Arts at Havens Beach
This Sag Harbor beachfront drive-in returns with films like surfer classic Point Break, Moonrise Kingdom and Selena. Admission is $40 per car.
Drive-in at The Gateway
The Gateway, The Performing Arts Center of Suffolk County is screening feel-good films this summer. Films include Jurassic Park, Big Night, E.T., Little Shop of Horrors and others, to be determined. Tickets are $35 per car.
215 S. County Rd.
Free Drive-in Movies in Oyster Bay (Residents Only)
Oyster Bay is offering free drive-in movies for kids at various locations around town on Wednesday evenings, screening movies like Frozen 2, Toy Story 4, Secret Life of Pets 2 and Finding Dory. Show your gratitude and bring a donation for the local food bank. Note that these are for town residents only.
Four Brother’s Drive-In
Be forewarned: One look at Four Brother’s Drive-In in Amenia, New York, and you’ll want to hop in the car and go there. Right about now, it’s hard to imagine a more idyllic scene. Four Brother’s has been doing this drive-in thing for a while, so they are ready for you, complete with new rules in light of COVID-19 safety plan
Not only is the atmosphere enchanting at Four Brother’s, the food options are great, too. Choose from an extensive menu of burgers, sandwiches, pizza and sides, as well as hard and soft ice cream with tons of toppings, shakes and lemonade and sweet desserts and coffees. They even have a treat for canine friends. They’re open seven days a week. Films screened include Dr. Dolittle, Spies in Disguise and Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.
All tickets are sold online in advance and must be shown for admission. If you don’t have a ticket, there is no guarantee you’re getting in. (Although there will be a waiting list, so you could get lucky if someone doesn’t show.)
Tickets: $11/adults; $6/kids
4957 Route 22
Warwick Drive-in Theater
This family-friendly drive-in theater in the Hudson Valley shows movies on three big screens. Open nightly, it’s about a hour-and-a-half from NYC and features a park-like, grassy setting on 11 acres of farmland. Movies currently screening include Onward, Call of the Wild and Jumanji the Next Level. The Warwick Drive-in has clear COVID-19 rules and protocols regarding the use of masks and maintaining six-feet of social distance at all times. (Read them here.)
There are a limited number of tickets sold online in advance, with online ticketing opening Wednesdays at Noon; tickets are available at the box office, which opens at 7 p.m. (Arrive early for best parking.)
The Warwick Drive-in has introduced an app to make ordering food even easier. Concessions are extra classic here: hamburgers, hot dogs, nachos, fries, candy, popcorn, ice cream etc. The ads before the movies are old-school as well!
Tickets: $12/adults; $8/kids and seniors
5 Warwick Tpke.
Overlook Drive-In Theater
This Poughkeepsie-area drive-in has been family-owned since 1955, and is known for having the biggest outdoor screen in the tri-state area. (It’s six-stories high!) The Overlook Drive-In clearly states “No Mask No Entry”, and other rules (one party at a time in the restroom, social distancing while waiting to order from the snack bar) are in effect. The drive-in is playing films like Despicable Me and Mama Mia! The drive-in was converted to digital a few years ago and is dog-friendly.
Tickets: adults/$10; kids 5 to 11/$7; kids five and under/free
126 Degarmo Rd. (Between Routes 44 & 55)
The Delsea Drive-in is the only game in town (i.e., the state) in New Jersey, and its got two screens showing movies. Located in Vineland, NJ, the drive-in is very clear on social distancing rules and regulations. (Read them here.) All tickets must be purchased in advance, and you can buy tickets online here. This drive-in wins the prize for most extensive and accommodating menu, with healthy options, gluten-free and Atkins-friendly- items, as well as kid-friendly choices like PB & J, baby carrots and much more; order food online here. Current showings include Sonic the Hedgehog and Onward.
Tickets: $11.00/ages four and up; free/ages three and under
2203 South Delsea Dr.
The Mansfield Drive-in in Mansfield Center, Connecticut has been screening since 1954. It also happens to host the largest flea market in the eastern part of the state. Ticketing is exclusively online, and films skew retro, kid-friendly and fun here; Jurassic Park, entries in the Harry Potter catalog, Goonies and Pineapple Express are some examples. The snack bar is basic, but solid, and food ordering is by phone due to COVID-19 safety measures. Call 860-423-4441, order, and a staff person wearing a mask and gloves will deliver to you.
Tickets: $9/adults; $6/ages four to 11 & seniors
228 Stafford Rd.
Mansfield Center, CT