Summer Fun in the Hudson Valley 2011



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drive-in moviePhotograph by Megan Cannistraro

Cinema à La Car

Sure, you can hop over to the Imax in Nyack if you want to catch a movie on an enormous screen, but at one of our nostalgic, area drive-ins, you can set up a lawn chair, throw around a Frisbee before the show, and in some places, even bring the family pet along. Whether you’re looking for a romantic date-night idea (just remember there’s a movie going on, too), or you want to bring the entire family, nothing says “summer nights” like the drive-in.

Billed as one of the state’s largest, the 60-year-old Hi-Way Drive-In boasts four big-screens showing different double features through the season (which runs until October). Even with recent renovations to the snack bar and restrooms, the cinema still maintains its classic atmosphere. Admission is $8, $3 children 3-11.

The Hollywood Drive-In has offered a family-friendly place to “watch stars under the stars” for almost 70 years. Catch a double feature and grab a bite from the concession stand; snacks include pizza, nachos, grilled goodies, and all the typical sugary treats to keep you awake through the late showing (double check those popcorn holders — the staff places free movie passes in randomly selected boxes). Listen for announcements between movies for fun trivia questions; you could win free sodas, snacks, or season passes. Admission is $8, $4 children 5-11.

Middletown’s Fair Oaks Drive-In features two screens (one larger than the other) and holds up to 800 cars. Double features run nightly during mid-summer, but only on weekends through September. Admission is $7, $4 children 5-11, free under age four. Thursdays are bargain nights: $5, $3 children.

Why would an outdoor movie theater need Wi-Fi? We’re not sure either, but it’s free at the Warwick Drive-In (845-986-4440). This classic cinema stretches along five rolling acres with three screens showing double features through October. The gate opens 90 minutes before shows start, so there’s plenty of time to kick back and have a snack from the concession. Admission is $8, $5 seniors and children 4-11, free under age four.

Although the Overlook Drive-In can accommodate up to 750 cars, it’s not uncommon to find many people lounging in the grassy field below the massive screen towering about six stories overhead. Pack a blanket, grab an Angus burger from the snack bar, and enjoy a double feature. Admission is $7, $4 children 5-11, free under age four. Monday night adult admission is reduced to $5.

The Hyde Park Drive-In, which has been running continuously for 52 years, shows double features on one large screen through September. Grab a bite of your favorite fried foods (mozzarella sticks, French fries) and other goodies from the snack bar, or load up on ice cream from Dairy Queen just down the road. Admission is $7, $4 children 5-11, children under four free. Tuesdays are bargain nights; adult admission is only $5.

» Read more about these drive-ins
» Poptional Reading blog’s favorite Valley drive-ins
» Drive-ins named one of the top 25 things every Valleyite must do
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