Summer Fun

Now Showing at Eight 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.

Four Brothers Drive-In Amenia
One of the newest drive-ins in the state, this theater 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 May 1 special pre-show event, which begins at 6 p.m., features live music and face-painting. New this year: Raffle prizes will be given away every Saturday night. $9, $5 children under 10. 845-373-8178;

Greenville Drive-in & Beer Garden Greenville
Champagne, freshly shucked oysters, live music, and a screening of Breakfast at Tiffany’s. This isn’t quite what you expect to find at a drive-in, but that’s the bill of fare when the Greenville celebrates the grand opening of its new beer garden — dubbed the Projectionists Club — on May 6. Based on a traditional German biergarten, the site can accommodate 140 guests and “will feature 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 last year; they plan to 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. Special events include parties for Mother’s and Father’s Day, and free admission for school teachers (May 13-14) and graduating seniors from Cairo-Durham (June 22) and Greenville (June 23) high schools. $5 ages 5 and up; opening night tickets are $50. 518-966-2177;

Hi-Way Drive-In Coxsackie
“It’s not a movie, it’s a movie experience” is the tagline of this theater, located between Catskill and Coxsackie, which has been in business since 1951. Three big screens each show a different double feature every night. $9, $5 children under 12. 518-731-8672;

Hollywood Drive-In Averill Park
With accommodations for up to 400 cars, the Hollywood is in its 65th year of showing new movies — currently 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. $9, $5 children 5-10. Averill Park. 518-283-4425;

Hyde Park Drive-In Hyde Park
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 $6. Along with pretzels and fried dough, the concession stand sells Black Angus burgers and cappuccino. $9, $6 children ages 5-11. 845-229-4738;

Overlook Drive-In Poughkeepsie
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. As many as 750 cars pack the park to catch the nightly double feature — especially on Monday, which is Bargain Night (all tickets $6). $9, $6 children ages 5-11. 845-452-3445;

Warwick Drive-In Warwick
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 along with the usual snack repertoire. $10, $6 seniors & children ages 4-11. Warwick. 845-986-4440;

Fair Oaks Drive-In Middletown
One of two drive-ins in Orange County, Fair Oaks has two screens that show first-run features. The well-stocked snack bar offers hamburgers, popcorn chicken, and sausage and peppers. $9, $6 children under 11. 845-361-5774;

Related: The Complete Hudson Valley Drive-In Directory

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