Drive-In Movie Festival Coming To Queens !!

A rendering of the upcoming drive-in movie festival on the grounds of the New York Hall of Science.

A drive-in movie festival is launching next month in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park.

CORONA, QUEENS — Drive-in movies are surging in popularity thanks to the coronavirus pandemic, and a new festival in Queens will bring the craze to the next level.

The nonprofit Rooftop Films is launching a drive-in movie festival on the grounds of the New York Hall of Science in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, organizers announced Tuesday.

The festival will run from August to October and include screenings of new independent and foreign film, pre-show entertainment, live demonstrations, artist showcases and talks with experts on the movies’ themes.

Rooftop Films is curating the movie selections in partnership with the Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria.

“With theaters shuttered and most festivals postponed or moving to streaming, we hope that these events will be part of a collaborative healing process for our neighbors, and give us an opportunity to once again spotlight the most daring new films from around the world,” Rooftop Films Artistic Director Dan Nuxoll said.

Tickets cost $35 per car and will go on sale in the coming weeks. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Elmcor, a social services organization based in Corona.

The festival will include a number of free screenings throughout the summer, and local community organizations will distribute free tickets to Corona and Elmhurst residents, thanks to a partnership with the Office of the Queens Borough President.

Rooftop Films is also hosting a companion festival in Brooklyn, which launched this past weekend on the pier of the Brooklyn Army Terminal.

Visit for more information about the Queens festival.

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Hop Into The Car And Check Out The Classic Musical ‘Grease’ At An Astoria ‘Drive-in’ This Weekend


“Grease is the word” this Friday in Astoria.

On Friday, June 15, the Central Astoria Local Development Coalition (LDC) will host its first-ever drive-in movie night in the Astoria Park Parking Lot located at Hoyt Avenue and 19th Street.

Starting at 8:30 p.m., the Central Astoria LDC will show the movie musical “Grease,” which celebrates its 40th anniversary this year. The film was originally released on June 16, 1978, and follows the love story of greaser Danny Zuko and Australian exchange student Sandy Olsson.

The event was made possible in part by New York State Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas in partnership with the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for this free event and the movie will start promptly at 8:30 p.m. Space is on a first-come, first-served basis, so plan to arrive early to secure a spot. Seating will be provided for those without cars.

For more information, visit or contact Central Astoria LDC at 718-728-7820 or