Johnny All Weather Drive-In

1001 Sunrise Highway,
Copiague, NY 11726

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Back of the Screen, Circa 1982

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This was one of those drive in theaters that also had the indoor cinema where they ran the movie in case it rained. Near the end the indoor theater was playing different films, usually grind double features, then closed it totally. UA ran this place into the ground—the last summer the screen was so dirty you could hardly see the film.

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markp
markp on December 10, 2009 at 8:36 am

We had 2 of these in New Jersey, the Plainfield-Edison, and the Turnpike. The original buildings had 1 projection room with the dual projectors almost back to back of each other. After they twinned both buildings, a seperate third booth was added downstairs.

markp
markp on December 10, 2009 at 8:37 am

And up til the mid 70’s they actually would run the same double feature at the drive-in and the indoor and just start them an hour apart, using 1 print of film.

chunchma
chunchma on February 17, 2011 at 7:28 pm

I use to work at the drive in the the early to mid 80’s, I worked concessions with the Maryann, Linda and Alison Corbett. I would love to reach out the them if anyone here knows them or how to contact them.

Bloop
Bloop on March 18, 2011 at 3:04 pm

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my tribute sign that I had painted to Johnny All Weather ! Enjoy

RHfromCop
RHfromCop on March 7, 2013 at 9:01 pm

The only drive-in that had matinees! Oh man I saw so many movies there and at the theater at Wellwood Ave & Montauk Hwy Lindenhurst. My earliest memories of being at the movies are confused between the two, but it was probably Swiss Family Robinson which must have been in 1961. How many I watched from the back seat, sitting with my brother. And then (much) later (early ‘70s) drinking beer in the privacy of the car – hey it was 18 then, we were legal.

NYer
NYer on February 29, 2016 at 12:36 pm

Every season would bring a huge fire work display. On screen was Peter Sellers and Angela Lansbury in “The World Of Henry Orient”. The picture was filmed in the short lived Michael Myerberg Studio only a few miles away in a converted airplane hangar in Roosevelt Field. “Santa Claus Conquers the Martians” was also filmed there.

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ZZ
ZZ on March 22, 2017 at 11:27 am

I found this song which was written about the drive-in: http://menageatune.bandcamp.com/track/johnnys-all-weather-drive-in

paul baar
paul baar on May 11, 2017 at 11:43 am

I WENT THERE IN THE EARLY 70’S AND SAW A LOT OF FRED WILLIAMSON,JIM BROWN,PAM GRIER,RON O'NEIL,BRUCE LEE KUNGFU’S MOVIES AT THE IN DOOR THEATER AND ONE AT THE OUT DOOR SCREEN IN 1968"HOW SWEET IT IS" A DEBBY REYNOLDS-JAMES GARNER FILM.I LIKED THE CONCESSION AREAS FOOD' THE PLACE WAS FUN.

davidcoppock
davidcoppock on May 12, 2017 at 4:58 am

Why was it called Johnny All Weather?

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