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A Night at the Drive-In

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Drive-in Theaters have made a comeback and we couldn’t be happier. From classic spots to summer pop-ups, we round up our favorite al fresco theaters, for your viewing pleasure.

TriBeCa Drive-In, Bronx 

The people behind New York’s celebrated Tribeca Film Festival have orchestrated a beachfront pop-up drive-in theater in the Bronx with films running through the month of July. Movies are free with reservations made in advance.

On view: Do the Right Thing; Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure; Meet the Parents; Selena. Check out the full list and reserve your spot—here. 

Bel Aire Diner, Astoria 

Opened in 1965, this family-owned retro-style diner in Astoria has turned its parking lot into a drive-in theater with movies curated by Long Island Movie Nights. It has fast become one of the hottest tickets in town, so be sure to keep an eye on its Instagram page for the latest schedule (which also includes live stand-up comedy shows) and book well in advance.  

On view: Throwback movies & TV shows; American classics; family flicks; musicals. 

 

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Skyline Drive-In, Greenpoint 

Located at 1 Oak Street across the river from downtown Manhattan, Skyline Drive-In gives its own spin on the classic drive-in theater experience. In place of your regular concession stand, for example, food trucks offer snacks and meals, and if you’re sans car, that’s ok as foot traffic and bicycles are also welcome. Films start at 9pm and screen every night of the week. 

On view: Black Panther; Get Out; Back to the Future. Check out the full schedule and buy tickets—here. 

 

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Hyde Park Drive-In, Hudson Valley 

The drive-in theater has remained alive and well in Upstate New York in big part thanks to Hyde Park Drive-In, which has continuously screened films since 1949. With a 700-car capacity lot accommodated with an 82-foot-wide projection area, the theater is a favorite among locals and visitors. Tickets range from $0 (ages 4 and under) to $10.

On view: Lost Boys; Smokey and The Bandit; Beverly Hills Cop. Check out the full schedule—here

Overlook Drive-In Theater, Poughkeepsie

Overlook Drive-In has been operating since 1955 and is owned and operated by the team behind Hyde Park Drive-In. Situated on 12 acres, with the largest screen in the tri-state area (“As tall as a 6-story building”) and a capacity for 750 cars, Overlook Drive-In is the true al fresco cinema experience. The menu includes classic American fare such as burgers, nachos, popcorn, and other confectionaries. Tickets range from $0 (ages 4 and under) to $10.

On view: Empire Strikes Back (1980); Black Panther. Check out the full schedule—here

TriBeCa Drive-In, Nassau County

Another offering from the team behind TriBeCa Film Festival, this theater is situated on Nickerson Beach approximately a 50-minute drive from downtown New York. Films are running through July for the price of $26 per car. Get in quick! 

On view: Jerry Maguire; Love & Basketball; Back to the Future. Check out the full schedule and buy tickets—here.  

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