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Come watch a drive-in movie in Bayside this Friday.

Although movie theaters throughout the city have advanced with comfy recliner seats and more, there’s nothing like the classic feel of sliding through a drive-in movie theater.

Take a trip down memory lane from 8 to 10 p.m. this Friday, as the movie “Rocky” will be shown at Crocheron Park in Bayside, Queens. The free viewing will take place in the John Golden Parking Lot in John Golden Park, located near 215th Place and the Cross Island Parkway, between 33rd and 35th avenues.

Councilman Paul Vallone partnered up with the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation to bring the event into fruition.

“The spots are there, it’s about 150 spots and then the other is that it’s gonna come through your radio so you don’t have to connect like the old times,” he explained. “They’re gonna have people giving out popcorn. It’s gonna be a lot of fun. I can’t wait and Friday night’s supposed to be 72 degrees and beautiful. Finally a nice night!”

Drive-in movie theaters, which originally consisted of a large outdoor movie screen, projection booth and concession stand, hit their peak during the late 1950s to early 1960s. New York’s golden year was 1963, with over 150 drive-ins that year, according to the drive-in movie website. Although this cinematic structure has rapidly declined since then, the state still offers about 30 drive-in movie theaters.

Attendees must register to see the drive-in movie by calling Councilman Vallone’s office at 718-619-8611. Space is limited.

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ElBeero May 19, 2016 / 09:10PM
If the sound track comes through the radio, all those cars need to idle for two hours? Seems smart.
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Jennifer Sloan May 22, 2016 / 16:26PM
Do you have any idea how car radios work? No need for the engine to be idling...


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