750 W. Sunrise Highway,
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This was one of Long Island’s most popular drive in theaters because it was right over the city line. Cars would line up for miles to see first run double and sometimes triple features.
It was the first drive-in theatre to open in New York State, opening on August 10, 1938 with Jimmy Durante in “Start Cheering”. The Sunrise Drive-In later had a huge curved screen and the side that faced the street was covered in gaudy neon. It also had a big play park and concession stand. By 1955 it was being operated by Michael Redstone. By 1957 it was operated by Liggett-Florin Booking Service. The Sunrise Drive-In was closed and torn down in 1978, when Redstone built the 6-screen Sunrise Multiplex Cinemas on the site.
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