drive-in movie

You probably remember visiting a drive-in—all the kids piled in the car in their pj’s with blankets, the movie projected on a giant screen in a field with the sound tuned into the FM radio. And while our kids are pretty much only familiar with visits to fancy AMC’s with reclining chairs and table service, this old school favorite is about to make a comeback—big time—as families seek out safe forms of entertainment during the pandemic.

Of course, there will be social distancing rules in place—most drive-ins will operate at limited capacity and require you to wear a face mask if you’re outside your vehicle. But this is still an awesome option for families looking for something to do—if you can snag tickets!

The following are some of NJ and the surrounding areas’ drive-ins you and your fam may want to visit for a night out of the house—no babysitter required.

Demarest Farms in Bergen County is opening a drive-in beginning June 8 with old school movies every Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday nights until August 29. The family farm, which also operates pick-your-own and a haunted orchard will charge $25 per car for entry. Social distancing rules will be in place, and many screenings are already sold old so make sure you get tickets right away!

A new Pop-Up Drive-in Movie Theater is in the works at Johnson Memorial Park. Mayor Michael Reina has given the green light to PJ Windle of Back to the Movies Drive-Ins to bring a 32-foot screen to the park for showings and snack delivery from food trucks. Windle says he hopes to be up and running by the end of this month.

Long Beach Island
The Lighthouse International Film Festival will celebrating its twelfth anniversary in drive-in style, showing two films in three locations for five nights from June 16-20.

Madison and Franklin Lakes
Boxcar Drive-In Movies is bringing the big screen back for families that miss going to the movies. The company will partner with local restaurants to offer dinners and snacks to customers via car-side delivery! Set to open in late May/early June, their first screenings of “Back to the Future” and “The Princess Bride” (yay!) are already sold out (boo!) but check back for updated screening times and links to purchase tickets (pricing is one ticket per car).

Two Bergen County drive-in theaters have received approval to reopen their doors. The first will be in the parking lot of Westfield Garden State Plaza (most Fridays, $20/car) and the second will be opening on Midland Ave. south of Paramus Park Mall (Sunday-Wednesday nights, 8-10 pm). Both theaters will open in July and show movies through October.

The Ramsey Theatre is getting set to announce the location of a pop-up drive-in. Keep an eye on their social media for more information.

6ft Cinemas will offer pop-up drive-in movies starting at Rockleigh Country Club June 26 and 27. Sign up for pre-sale alerts on their website for more information.

The Delsea Drive-In Theatre, NJ’s vintage drive-in originally built in 1949, is set to reopen May 22 but with some restrictions in place—they will limit the car capacity for both of their screens and the snack bar will take mobile orders and to adhere to social distancing rules. All movies are double (or triple!) features and tickets, available for purchase on their website, are $11 for ages 4 and up.

Warwick, NY
Just across the border in New York, the Warwick Drive-In is showing a variety of movies and will be operating at half-capacity in order to adhere to social distancing rules. Tickets are $12 for adults, $8 for children 4-11 and little ones under 4 are free. They are open every night, rain or shine.

Has a drive-in popped up in your town? Let us know in the comments.

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