Drive-In Movie Theaters and Pop-up Outdoor Movie Nights on Long Island

The Drive-In Movie Series at The Gateway Performing Arts Center boasts the largest screen on Long Island. Photo courtesy of the venue
The Drive-In Movie Series at The Gateway Performing Arts Center boasts the largest screen on Long Island. Photo courtesy of the venue

Last year, the pandemic brought about a revival of drive-in movie theaters throughout Long Island, and the fun continues this summer as well. Put on your PJs, grab a cozy blanket, pack some snacks, and pull up to a big screen flick under the stars. This old-school activity has found new life. 

We've curated a list for Long Island families looking for a safe, socially distant evening of summer fun. Check out these outdoor restaurants if you want to grab some grub ahead of the movie, grab a pint of ice cream, a decadant dessert, or create your own portable dessert board for the car.

Many of these drive-in movie theater pop-ups announce upcoming flicks at the last minute, but we're keeping this post updated and listing plenty of more family-friendly events on our always updated Event Calendar. For more seasonal fun with Long Island kids, be sure to see our Summer Fun Guide.

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