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Drive-in theaters in and near New York City

From old-school throwbacks to updated classics, these drive-in theaters should be a part of your summer fun.

Written by
Oliver Strand
&
Alison Lowenstein
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Treat your kiddos to a magical night at an old-school drive-in movie theater and a double-feature under the stars.

Once the epitome of entertainment, drive-in movie theaters have suffered some over the last generation, with many of the classic mid-century venues rolling up their screens for good. But one of the best things to come out of the COVID-19 epidemic is a renewed interest in the drive-in. The launch of a new generation of movie-watching venues makes it easier than ever to sit back in your car and enjoy the best family movies. In fact, many of the films they show are the same ones you treasured as a kid, movies like Back to the Future, Jaws, Jurassic Park and other family comedies your kids will love.

Some of the drive-ins, including Shankweiler's Drive-In in PA and Hyde Park Drive In, have been around for more than 50 years. Others, such as the Greenville Drive-In, Jericho Drive-In and Four Brothers Drive-In, are newer additions with delicious food and craft beers (soft-serve ice cream, anyone?) And some, such as the Skyline Drive-In and BelAire Diner are parking lot pop-ups with food on site. 

So go ahead and buy tickets for a pop-up drive-in, a new-school drive-in or a classic one. No matter where you decide to go, the night out together is definitely one of the best things a family can do in NYC right now.

Greenville Drive-In (Greenville, NY)
Photograph: Courtesy Greenville Drive-In

2. Greenville Drive-In (Greenville, NY)

Founded in 1949 and revived in 2015, the Greenville Drive-In is an update on a classic, and the gorgeous Catskills setting can't be beat. The snack bar serves up old-school drive-in bites—plus cocktails and craft beer. If this is your local, consider yourself lucky. $8 ages 6 and up, free ages 5 and under; $20 for a three-pack of full-price tickets.

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The only thing better than an old-school drive-in a grassy field surrounded by trees and a screen that can be measured in acres? When the drive-in also sells some of the best soft-serve ice cream around. The Jericho Drive-In and Twist Ice Cream Shoppe gives you double the summer fun: Just remember to grab plenty of napkins for those small, sticky hands. $11 ages 12 and up, $6 ages 11 and under.

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When the family-owned BelAire Diner in Long Island City added a 25-foot screen and turned its parking lot into a retro-style pop-up drive-in with movies curated by Long Island Movie Nights, it becmae one of the hottest tickets in town. Check Instagram for the latest schedule, then act fast: They always sell out. The diner fare is a major bonus. $49 for a table for two, $59 for drive-in car, tickets must be purchased in advance online.

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The Holywood Drive-In was opened by James Fisher in 1952. His son Frank took it over in 1968, and still runs it today. There's a double-feature every night of the week. No wonder Hollywood's motto is: More fun! More movies! More fresh air! More money in your pocket! $10 ages 11 and up, $5 ages 3-10, free ages 2 and under.

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Opened in 1946, Becky's Drive-In has two screens: One for family movies, the other for more grown-up films. Get some perogies, a side of hot bologna and settle some candy corn, then settle in for the evening. $11 ages 13 and up, $7 ages 3-12, free ages 2 and under.

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