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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TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on December 9, 2009 at 3:21 pm

What a great idea a drive in and an indoor at the same place. I bet it only had one booth for both screens.Never heard of this concept before.

robboehm
robboehm on December 9, 2009 at 5:32 pm

There were a number of these on Long Island. Also Ct. The one I was in in Ct. they had a large garage door which they rolled up so you could see the Drive In Screen. Many other drive ins also had small indoor booths.

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on December 10, 2009 at 5:47 am

Thanks for the info rvb.

markp
markp on December 10, 2009 at 6:36 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 6:37 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.

AlAlvarez
AlAlvarez on January 7, 2011 at 8:27 am

March 1957 re-opening ad for the Johnny All-Weather.

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chunchma
chunchma on February 17, 2011 at 5:28 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 12:04 pm

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

RHfromCop
RHfromCop on March 7, 2013 at 7:01 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.

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