There’s nothing like enjoying a great movie in even better weather — all in the comfort of the car or even a lawn chair. Drive-in theaters are no longer a thing of the past. During the pandemic, drive-in theaters saw a major rise in popularity, and three years later, there are no signs of slowing down. New Jersey and New York have quite a few options when it comes to this unique movie viewing experience, and we’ve rounded up five of them to save you the hassle (read: Google Search). Keep reading for a list of drive-in theaters in the tri-state area including New Jersey + New York.
Delsea Drive-In Theater | 2203 South Delsea Drive, Vineland
Established in 1949, this theater sells tickets online only via the website. The cost is $11 per person and children under four years old are free. Tickets are sold per vehicle and not individual movies, so guests can even enjoy a double or triple feature.
Demarest Farms | 244 Wierimus Avenue
Demarest Farms has a drive-in movie setup available for private parties to rent. Imagine having a viewing party of your favorite flicks surrounded by all your friends and family. It sounds like the perfect night. Contact the Farm directly to coordinate.
Four Brothers Drive-In Theater | 4957 Route 22, Amenia, NY
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As interpreted by the Four Brothers, drive-in movie theaters are “a symbol of American lifestyle and persona” and that is 100% right. This theater is worth the drive from Essex County to enjoy the beautiful Hudson Valley scenery and vintage Americana touches on the property. Guests can even camp out at the drive-in for the ultimate sleepover. Tickets must be pre-purchased online to guarantee a spot. Guests arriving without a pre-purchased ticket can be added to a standby list, in case someone does not show up. Tickets cost $14 per passenger in addition to the driver’s ticket of $16. Orders for food can also be placed online on the website. Additionally, on-screen messages can be purchased for a small fee. A happy birthday, anniversary, or even a proposal message can be written on the screen.
Hi-Way Drive-In Theatre | 10699 State Route 9W, Coxsackie, NY
The Hi-Way Drive-In in Coxsackie, New York was originally built in 1950 by brothers Morris and Rafael Klein, who owned several movie theatres in the area. It opened on May 4th, 1951 with one screen and 424 speaker poles, showing Vengeance Valley and Hit Parade of 1951. This theater is open Wednesday through Sunday. The space opens up at 7:30PM and movies start when it gets dark at 8:50PM. An adult ticket costs $12, tickets for children ages 3-11 cost $6, and children under three are free. Prices are for double features, or occasionally one very long movie.
Skyline Drive-In NYC | 1 Oak Street, Brooklyn, NY
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The Skyline is open seven days a week. It has a concessions stand full of drinks, treats, and eats that will power you through your theater experience. This theater can also write a special message on the screen upon request. Guests can set up the sound of the movie on their phones as well as purchase tickets online ahead of time. This theater is dog-friendly so even furry friends can join.
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Warwick Drive-In Movies | 5 Warwick Turnpike, Warwick, NY
This longstanding drive-in theater officially reopened on May 15th and is taking every precaution to ensure the safety of guests and employees alike. Tickets can be pre-purchased online. This theater currently works with the FanFood app, which allows visitors to place contactless food orders right to their car. The option for contactless pickup and delivery is also available from the app. The Warwick Drive-In also has a concession stand with food available for purchase. Using the Listen Everywhere app, guests can hear the movie using their cellphones or rent a speaker for $5. Tickets for adults are $13 and $9 for seniors and children 4 to 11 years old.