Shows At The Empire Drive-In In Queens Will Continue Through Oct. 20

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A new type of movie theater is letting movie goers travel back in time and not just with their showings.

A Queens parking lot has been turned into a pop-up drive-in theater. Friday night was opening night at the Empire Drive-In, CBS 2’s Dave Carlin reported.

Alex Bergman and Jordana Longo were both on hand and ready to go back to a bygone era when drive-in theaters were thriving in New York City.

“I’ve grown up in New York City all my life and it’s exciting to be at one for the first time,” Bergman said.

Longo was excited by the social aspect of the theater.

“I think it’s a great way to get people together,” she said.

The idea to transform the parking lot at the New York Hall of Science into a drive-in theater was realized by artists Todd Chandler and Jeff Stark.

“The last drive-in was White Stone, that closed 30 years ago,” Chandler said.

The screen at Empire is 24 by 40 feet. It also features 60 cars that were pulled from a Brooklyn junkyard.

The cars were cleaned out before the drive-in was set up, but a number of novelties were left inside, including an empty bottle of whiskey and a handwritten divorce letter.

Tickets are $15 and movie nights will continue until Oct. 20.

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