A drive-in movie theater is coming to Queens—no car required

At Empire Drive-In, coming to the New York Hall of Science next month, you can watch movies on the big screen while exploring a reclaimed junkyard.

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Empire Drive-In at the New York Hall of Science

Empire Drive-In at the New York Hall of Science Photograph courtesy New York Hall of Science

What do Yo La Tengo, Bollywood dance lessons and salvaged cars have in common? They’re all at the Empire Drive-In next month. Let us explain: A multimedia installation and outdoor theater—Empire Drive-In—is coming to the New York Hall of Science in Flushing. Every weekend in October, B movies, Bollywood flicks or vehicle-related shorts will screen on a 40-foot outdoor be played in a reclaimed junkyard, allowing moviegoers to kick back in 60 reclaimed cars and trucks (like a classic drive-in—get it?).


Some evenings will feature live entertainment and performances to go along with the films. For instance, there will an orchestra of Casio keyboardists led by Deerhoof's Greg Saunier on opening night to accompany a trio of silent shorts; a Bollywood dance lesson paired with Bunty Aur Babli, a Bollywood take on Bonnie and Clyde; and a set from Yo La Tengo to score the documentary Spaceship Earth: Visions, Forecasts and the Future That Never Was.


The installation and alfresco theater opens on October 4 and takes place through October 20; visit Empire Drive-In's website for the full program. Tickets range from $10 through $20 and can be purchased ahead of time at the New York Hall of Science website. In addition to the seating provided by the junkyard setting, there will be a limited number of lawn chairs; we recommend bringing your own blanket or folding chair for maximum comfort.



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