Queens Drive-In Movie Theater Returns With Inspired Double Features


Final summer season, months after the pandemic shut down film theaters and all different types of reside leisure throughout town, a Queens diner began internet hosting drive-in films of their car parking zone. The thought caught on, and impressed different organizations to host their very own drive-in film nights— one of the vital well-liked was the Queens Drive-In positioned at Flushing Meadows Corona Park, which ran all through the autumn. Beginning this weekend, it’ll return by June 2021.

“The Queens Drive-in movie screenings introduced a lot wanted respite for households amid this pandemic,” mentioned Queens metropolis council member Francisco Moya. “I’m proud to proceed to assist this initiative as we go into the spring and a brand new sense of normalcy with one in all our favourite types of leisure.”

The Queens Drive-In is a collaboration between Rooftop Movies, the Museum of the Shifting Picture (MoMI), and the New York Corridor of Science (NYSCI), and is positioned on the grounds of the New York Corridor of Science in Flushing Meadows Corona Park. There can be comparable security precautions as within the fall: you purchase tickets beforehand, it’s a must to keep inside your automobile whereas watching the movie (though concessions and loos can be found onsite), and it’s a must to put on your masks any time you exit your automobile.

Organizers famous that they’re “in dialog with the Metropolis and State businesses to find out whether or not sooner or later it will likely be protected and authorized to adapt the occasion areas to accommodate socially distanced walk-up attendees.”

However what in regards to the films? The lineup is fairly set by March and most of April, kicking issues off on Friday with an already-sold out screening of Coming 2 America. There’s a mixture of classics and cult classics (The Shining, Muppets Take Manhattan, Dune, Labyrinth, The Large Lebowski), and better of all, a bunch of well-curated double options with intelligent themes.

We get a pair of city dystopias with Escape from New York and Robocop; the landmark adolescent tales of Dazed and Confused and Quick Occasions at Ridgemont Excessive; the groundbreaking duo of Shaft and Boyz n the Hood; traditional ’50s/’60s motion and spy capers North by Northwest and From Russia with Love; boxing classics Rocky and Creed; beloved tales of feminine independence Desperately Searching for Susan and Thelma and Louise; and essentially the most impressed pairing of all of them: Singin’ in the Rain and Magic Mike XXL.

You may try the complete movie lineup right here. All tickets for single films value $35 per automobile; tickets for double options value $45. Vehicles can have as much as 5 folks inside.

This is not the one drive-in coming again within the spring: “Broadway At The Drive-In” at Radial Park on the Astoria waterfront returns with reside performances alongside showings of The Blues Brothers, beginning Thursday, Might twenty seventh. Final fall, that they had hybrid reside performances/outside film showings of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera and Prince’s traditional Purple Rain, with reside bands and singers for a number of nights. You will get extra data about tickets and security precautions right here.


Each the Bel Aire Diner in Astoria and the Skyline Drive-In in Greenpoint have continued internet hosting drive-in film screenings at factors within the winter, and can proceed having showings into the spring. Take a look at extra in regards to the Bel Aire lineup right here, and Skyline right here.

And should you’re the kind of freak who completely refuses to observe films from inside a motorized vehicle, you then’re in luck, as a result of beginning this Friday, film theaters in NYC can reopen at 25% capability. As a result of we’re nonetheless in a pandemic, not all cinemas can be reopening instantly—you possibly can try which chains/theaters can be opening quickly right here.