No matter the circumstances, outdoor summer movies are a New York City tradition. This year, drive-in theaters have popped up across the City, offering a great way for those with access to a vehicle to enjoy movies while maintaining a safe social distance from others. We’ve rounded up seven of these retro and responsible moviegoing experiences in NYC. Grab some popcorn and check them out.
Where: Brooklyn Army Terminal, Sunset Park, Brooklyn
When: August 22 & 29, September 5 & 12; more dates to be added
What to expect: For two decades, Rooftop Films’ screenings of documentaries, short films and indie premieres have been a summertime staple. This year those screenings go from rooftop to drive-in, with the bonus of a waterfront view. Each screening, which includes a Q&A after the film, costs $35 per car. Movies are presented in partnership with NYCEDC, with the support of presenting sponsor SundanceTV.
A Flick and a Feast
Where: Juicy Lucy BBQ, Midland Beach, Staten Island
When: Most nights through August 30
What to expect: Head to Staten Island’s eastern shore to find dinner and a movie in one location. Barbecue restaurant Juicy Lucy BBQ hosts this screening series in its adjacent parking lot, so moviegoers can order dishes like Texas-style brisket and pork candy bites during screenings. Movie selections, which play at 5pm and 8:15pm, include family-friendly picks like Frozen and modern classics such as Goodfellas. Reservations, one required per vehicle, are $25.
Floating Boat Cinema
Where: Location TBA
When: September 16–20
What to expect: This unconventional event is perfect for car-free New Yorkers. Instead of driving in, attendees will boat in and watch movies from the water, though the exact New York City waterway has yet to be announced. The floating theater will also provide free popcorn to ticket holders. Sign up to get forthcoming details on ticket costs, locations and movie lineups.
Movies in Your Car
Where: York College Performing Arts Center, Jamaica, Queens
When: August 29, additional dates TBA
What to expect: A giant inflatable screen turns a York College parking lot into a pop-up theater. The concession stand is well stocked at this drive-in, offering classic movie treats like Milk Duds and Red Vines plus heartier fare like burgers and chicken wings. You can even opt for a $60-per-car VIP ticket that includes Red Bull, popcorn and a candy of your choice, or purchase the standard $40 ticket and BYOS (that’s bring your own snacks, of course).
Where: New York Hall of Science, Flushing, Queens
When: Wednesday–Sunday through August 30; September 2, 5 & 6; Wednesdays, September 9–30; more dates to be added
What to expect: Rooftop Films’ second drive-in location screens popular flicks like Men in Black, 2001: A Space Odyssey and Up on the grounds of Flushing Meadows Corona Park. Most screenings are $35, while Wednesday showings are free with an RSVP. Movies are presented in partnership with Museum of the Moving Image and NYSCI, with the support of presenting sponsor SundanceTV.
Where: 1 Oak St., Greenpoint, Brooklyn
When: August 19–31, September 3–8 & 19
What to expect: This Brooklyn drive-in hosts nightly screenings in a wide variety of genres; A Star Is Born, Minions and The Conjuring are some of the upcoming features in August. Tickets are $55 per car or $35 per motorcycle and include access to an on-site concession stand and a view of Manhattan from the East River waterfront. This is also the only drive-in offering outdoor seating; book a ticket ($22), show up on foot or bike and take your socially distanced seat in a designated area.
Uptown Drive-In Experience
Where: Yankee Stadium, South Bronx, Bronx
When: Dates TBA
What to expect: Though we can’t go out to the ball game, we can soon go out to the movies at Yankee Stadium. Organizers of the Bronx Night Market and Bronx Beer Festival present this event series, which is set to include movies, live performances and interactive games. Though dates and details aren’t confirmed yet, you can sign up to receive info about dates, tickets and other promotions.