Visit These Seven Hudson Valley Drive-In Theaters
Grab a burger and some soda pop and enjoy plein-air movies at one of these locations.
The park-like setting at Amenia’s Four Brothers Drive-In includes shaded picnic tables, flowers, and statuary
An entertainment favorite of bygone days: The Valley is fortunate to have eight theaters that recapture that retro appeal of watching a flick under the stars. So stretch out your legs, dine in your car — on popcorn or an entire meal — and take home a souvenir or maybe a raffle prize. If you have a convertible, so much the better.
One of the newest drive-ins in the state, this theater, which opened in 2014, is owned by the folks who run the popular Four Brothers restaurant chain — which means you can get a complete meal from the nearby eatery delivered straight to your car. The theater is open seven nights a week, rain or shine, and runs double features that lean in the family, comedy, and drama directions. Uniquely, Four Brothers is the only outdoor theater in the United States that has EV vehicle charging stations. Pets are welcome, and can take advantage of the large onsite litter box. As for additional entertainment, the venue boasts a pergola, a family swing, a mini golf course, an airstream, and a food truck. Talk about a one-stop shop!
Located in Greenville, the eponymous outdoor theater has been part of the community since 1959. In addition to showing weekend film screenings, the spot also houses a snack shack and beer garden. Based on a traditional German biergarten, the site can accommodate 140 guests and features “locally produced beer, wine, and spirits, plenty of outdoor seating, and a stage for live music,” says co-owner Dwight Grimm, who with his wife, Leigh Van Swall, bought the theater in 2015. The couple focus on independent films, shorts, and community works. Items sold at the concession stand, such as potato skins, ice cream sandwiches, and popsicles, are mostly locally sourced.
“It’s not a movie, it’s a movie experience” is the tagline of this theater. Located between Catskill and Coxsackie, it has been in business since 1951. Three big screens each show a different double feature every night. If you love popular titles and the latest releases, this is the spot for you.
Averill Park, 518.283.4425
With accommodations for up to 400 cars, the Hollywood celebrates over 65 years in business by showing new movies every week. Currently, it screens the flicks on a 88-foot-wide screen with Dolby digital sound. Double features run nightly. Patrons can chow down on freshly made pizza — by the slice, or order a whole pie — at the renovated concession stand. Check your popcorn box for free passes.
Hyde Park, 845.229.4738
With 12 acres and room for a whopping 670 cars, this Route 9 establishment has been a crowd pleaser since 1949. Tuesday is Bargain Night, with all tickets $7. Along with pretzels and fried dough, the concession stand sells Black Angus burgers and cappuccinos.
Established in 1955 — and run by the same family that owns the Hyde Park Drive-In — Overlook has a screen that’s as tall as a six-story building and the largest in the tri-state area. As many as 750 cars pack the park to catch the nightly double feature — especially on Monday, which is Bargain Night (all tickets $7).
Established in 1950, the Warwick Drive-In continues to show top flicks to movie-loving Hudson Valley patrons.This plein-air theater runs six flicks on three screens, seven nights a week. What’s more, hungry patrons can order freshly prepared hot food, like popcorn chicken and nachos, along with the usual snack repertoire.