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11 Outdoor Movies and Drive-ins in the NYC Area

11 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.

Outdoor movies have long been a summer passion for New Yorkers, with crowds annually flocking to places like Bryant Park and Brooklyn’s Rooftop Films. This year, New Yorkers are more eager than ever for outdoor theater. The options for outdoor movies are multiplying all over NYC, Long Island, New Jersey, and upstate New York: Restaurants are transforming their parking lots and drive-in relics are adding extra screens. It’s setting up to be the summer of outdoor film because, well, who doesn’t need a break from their couch? 

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Outdoor Movies in New York City

The Bel Aire Diner, Astoria, Queens

31-91 21st St.
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This beloved 55-year-old Astoria diner has transformed itself (and its parking lot) into a drive-in—and tickets are selling like crazy. Forty cars at a time are permitted and customers can order online their grilled cheese and other diner staples—which are then delivered to their cars. In addition to movies, it will also be hosting trivia nights and comedy shows. Tickets are sold on the website and you can keep up with event updates on its Instagram.

Drive-in Experience, Radial Park

27-50 1st. St.
COVID Safety Guidelines: Social distancing for both staff and guests and contact-free check in. Masks required for staff and guests when outside of their vehicles.
Radial Park is an interactive, outdoor, theatrical experience from the safety of your car, located in Astoria, Queens. It has returned this year with musicals, fashion shows, concerts, movies and more, including Broadway at the Drive-In, Sound Up New York, The Big Screen, and Sunday Funday with comprehensive COVID-19 safety guidelines.
Cost: $125, general admission car; $150 premium
Upcoming films include:

  • Thursday, May 27, 7pm: The Blues Brothers
  • Friday, May 28, 8pm: The Blues Brothers
  • Friday, June 4, 8pm: The Blues Brothers

Skyline Drive-In, Greenpoint, Brooklyn

1 Oak St.
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COVID Safety Guidelines: Social distancing enforced. Guests required to wear masks when outside of their vehicles.
This outdoor theater is a drive-in movie experience with a stunning view of the Manhattan skyline. Visit the Skyline Drive-In website and pick the movie you want to see and you can listen to the movie's sound through your car's stereo or via Skyline Drive-In's rentable radio. You can bring your own chair or rent one if you don't have a car. Upcoming movie screenings:
Cost: Ticket prices vary. See the website for details.

For the complete list of upcoming screenings, click here.

The Queens Drive-In, New York Hall of Science, Corona

47-01 111th St.
COVID Safety Guidelines: Call in advance.
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.
Cost: Tickets start at $20, but vary per movie.
Upcoming films include:

  • Sunday, May 9: Mamma Mia!
  • Thursday, May 13: 28 Days Later, The Polio Crusade
  • Sunday, May 16: Batman
  • Friday, May 14: Fist of Fury, Lady Snowblood
  • Friday, June 4: The Host, Short Films

Outdoor Movies on Long Island

MOVIE LOT at Westfield South Shore Mall

1701 Sunrise Hwy.
COVID Safety Guidelines: Guests are not permitted to sit outside of their cars. When using portable bathrooms, masks must be worn.
A movie series that features classic blockbusters and new releases on a 52-foot screen.
Cost: Tickets on sale in April are $40 per car. Check the website for ticket prices of upcoming movies.
Upcoming films include:

  • Friday, May 7, 8:10pm: E.T.
  • Friday, May 7, 11pm: Spaceballs
  • Saturday, May 8, 8:10pm: Brave
  • Saturday, May 8, 10:45pm: IT
  • Friday, May 21, 8:30pm: The Lion King
  • Friday, May 21, 11:30pm: Star Wars: A New Hope
  • Saturday, May 22, 8:30pm: The Mighty Ducks
  • Saturday, May 22, 10:15pm: The Breakfast Club

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The Gateway, Bellport

215 South Country Rd.
COVID Safety Guidelines: Masks required. Social distancing enforced. One person at a time is allowed in each restroom.
This drive-in movie series is projected on one of the largest screens on Long Island. The movie audio is available through FM radio.
Cost: $40 per car.
Upcoming films include:

  • Friday, May 7, 8 p.m.: Who Framed Roger Rabbit
  • Saturday, May 8, 8 p.m.: Ghostbusters
  • Sunday, May 9, 8 p.m.: Gravity
  • Friday, May 14, 8 p.m.: E.T. The Extra Terrestrial
  • Saturday, May 15, 8 p.m.: Moana
  • Sunday, May 16, 8 p.m.: Hidden Figures
  • Friday, May 21, 8:30 p.m.: Jaws
  • Saturday, May 22, 8:30 p.m.: The Goonies
  • Sunday, May 23, 8:30 p.m.: Independence Day

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Outdoor Movies in New Jersey 

The Delsea Drive, Delsea

2202 South Delsea Dr., Vineland
COVID Safety Guidelines: Tickets must be purchased online. Guests must wear masks when outside their vehicles. Social distancing is enforced. Restroom occupancy is limited.
This popular drive-in was once the only one in New Jersey. They have plans to reopen at some point in 2021.
Cost: $11 plus tax and fee; Children 3 years and younger are free.
Check the website for updates to the movie schedule.

Demarest Farms, Demarest

244 Wierimus Rd.
COVID Safety Guidelines: Online tickets only. Farm staff may direct drivers on where to park. Masks required for staff and guests when outside of their vehicles. Social distancing enforced.
This market in Bergen County has announced its 2021 movie night lineup, showing movies May through August. Concessions will be sold from a stand. Arrive by 8 p.m. for all movies, which begin around dusk.
Cost: $25 per car.
Upcoming films include:

  • Sunday, May 16: Babe
  • Friday, May 28: Trolls World Tournament
  • Saturday, May 29: Monster Hunter
  • Sunday, May 30: Onward
  • Sunday, June 6: The Lion King
  • Monday, June 14: The Croods: A New Age
  • Saturday, June 19: The Little Mermaid
  • Sunday, June 20: The Goonies
  • Friday, June 25: Dolittle
  • Saturday, June 26: The Outsiders
  • Sunday, June 27: The Land Before Time
  • Friday, July 2: The Secret Life of Pets
  • Saturday, July 3: Grease
  • Sunday, July 4: An American Tail
  • Friday, July 9: High School Musical
  • Saturday, July 10: Forrest Gump
  • Sunday, July 11: Tom and Jerry The Movie
  • Friday, July 16: Monsters, Inc.
  • Saturday, July 17: The Notebook
  • Sunday, July 18: Playing With Fire
  • Friday, July 23: Apollo 13
  • Saturday, July 24: Gremlins
  • Sunday, July 25: When Harry Met Sally
  • Friday, July 30: The Breakfast Club
  • Saturday, July 31: Incredibles 2
  • Sunday, Aug. 1: Finding Nemo
  • Friday, Aug. 6: Sixteen Candles

Boxcar Movie Theater, Various locations

14 Fairmount Ave.
This outdoor movie theater also just opened with screens in Madison, Boonton Township, and Bernardsville and several other New Jersey locations. The company is partnering with local restaurants to provide car-side delivery of dinner specials and snacks. The 2021 movie schedule hasn’t been accounted yet, but you can sign up on the site to receive notifications of upcoming screenings.

Outdoor Movies in Upstate New York

Warwick Drive-In, Warwick

5 Warwick Turnpike
COVID Safety Guidelines: Staff and guests must wear masks outside their vehicles. Social distancing is enforced.
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.
Cost: Call for updated ticket pricing and latest movie schedule.


The Four Brothers Drive-In, Amenia

4957 NY-22
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COVID Safety Guidelines: All tickets must be purchased online. There is limited capacity. Social distancing is enforced, and masks must be worn outside of vehicles. Check the website for more information.
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.
Cost: $15 per car and driver general admission; $16 for double feature; $12 adults; $8 Children ages 5-10; $9 seniors. For preferred parking, add $15 per vehicle.
Check the website for an updated schedule of movies.

Tips for the Best Outdoor Movie NYC Experience

  • Bring blankets and pillows to make the car comfortable.
  • Bring your own snacks and drinks to avoid long lines or contact with others. 
  • Go early—these events will be crowded, and you want a good parking spot with a prime view. 
  • Bring something for the kids to do (books, games, drawing supplies or a screen) while you wait for the film.
  • Bring small flashlights, especially for kids, for finding the restroom after dark. 
  • Know how to turn your lights off both inside and outside the car (especially if you plan to have a door or hatch open during the film.) 

Main image courtesy Skyline Drive-In NYC

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