Johnny All Weather Drive-In

1001 Sunrise Highway,
Copiague, NY 11726

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RHfromCop
RHfromCop on March 8, 2013 at 5:01 am

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.

Bloop
Bloop on March 18, 2011 at 10:04 pm

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

chunchma
chunchma on February 18, 2011 at 3:28 am

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.

AlAlvarez
AlAlvarez on January 7, 2011 at 6:27 pm

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

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markp
markp on December 10, 2009 at 4:37 pm

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.

markp
markp on December 10, 2009 at 4:36 pm

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.

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on December 10, 2009 at 3:47 pm

Thanks for the info rvb.

robboehm
robboehm on December 10, 2009 at 3:32 am

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 1:21 am

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 May 6, 2009 at 2:56 am

I don’t know why there is so much confusion about Copiague and Babylon. The 1957 photo accessed by the 3/14/08 posting newspaper article said the theatre was in Babylon. Wrong. Up until recently the posting for the RKO Babylon twin had it located in Copiague. Even more strange figuring that between these two villages is Lindenhurst. Oh, well.

markp
markp on January 26, 2009 at 2:44 pm

I remember when we had 2 of these here in new Jersey, the Plainfield-Edison Indoor/Outdoor and the Turnpike Indoor/Outdoor. What was great was after they twinned the indoors, they showed all different movies in and out. So if you went to an early indoor show, you could get out, move the car and watch the double feature showing outside. Great days, never to return again. How sad.

DonRosen
DonRosen on January 26, 2009 at 1:34 pm

WOW, the back of the Johnny All-Weather screen tower brings back memories. I remember when it was sparkling clean!! When it was lit up at night, it was exciting, especially when approaching it on Sunrise Highway.

rivest266
rivest266 on January 23, 2009 at 1:25 am

Michigian Drive-ins, Yes this is the drive-in in question.

Michigandriveins.com
Michigandriveins.com on January 23, 2009 at 12:52 am

Here is a photo I assume is the Johnny All Weather. Maybe someone can verify it. Here is a 1966 aerial photo.

rivest266
rivest266 on December 10, 2008 at 1:17 am

4-page article from the September, 1957 issue of popular science can be had at View link

Michigandriveins.com
Michigandriveins.com on March 15, 2008 at 12:19 am

Here is a 1957 photo of the Johnny All Weather marquee.

CarlCopiague
CarlCopiague on November 20, 2007 at 9:17 pm

Frank Buck’s! I remember it well,seeing ‘wild’ animals while eating popcorn.It was great.Later on there was an archery range where the mall is now and also the Howard Johnson’s restaurant was there a long time too. We couldn’t wait for Friday and Saturday nights back in the 50s.Many nights saw us,let’s say circumnavigating the back fence,one step ahead of the guards.Some nights there were so many of us we would sit back there and watch the action going on in front of us,with some of it taking place on the screen.A great time of life.
I go back to Copiague now and then and have to look for the old landmarks.Oh well.Carl S

DonRosen
DonRosen on November 20, 2007 at 1:49 pm

Great article!!! I went to all those places growing up. NOTE: The Frank Buck Zoo was next to the Massapequa Drive-in. You were able to check out Monkey Mountain while waiting in line to get into the drive-in. Also, there were four All-Weather Drive-in on LI.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on November 16, 2007 at 5:20 pm

This week’s edition of the free Long Island Press newspaper features a reproduction of an original poster heralding the opening of this All-Weather theatre on the front page. The main feature is about lost LI landmarks such as the Drive-In, Nunley’s Amusement Park and the Commack Arena.

The image may be seen here – at least until the next edition of the Press comes out and the website updated. I’ll try to scan an image of the cover into my photobucket album over the weekend and post it here for posterity.

fultonboy
fultonboy on August 16, 2006 at 10:49 pm

I have many fond memories of this Drive-in. I lived in Copiague as a child and went there often(Even after my family moved to Brooklyn in the 60s we would still come out to the Island to visit. I have a picture of my sister standing in front of the snackbar and on the back my late mother wrote: Opening day Easter Sun 1959. I don’t know if that was the true opening day or not.I remember the playground featured a Big white Whale that had a slide running through it and all the kids inside would get kicked in the head from those coming down( What lawsuits today!)The place was so big ,that there were trams to take you to the snack bar. My one and only encounter with a U.F.O.occured here around 1964 when a huge flat object with revolving lights hovered over the screen and everyone got out of their cars to stare at it till it slowly drifted upward and out of sight. To this day, I have no idea what that was! (I"m not making this up!) I remember in the mid 60s when they used to have fire works displays in front of the screen I used to go to the Roll and Ice across the street alot. I Lived in the American Venice section and used to cross the canal to explore Indian Island. -Anyone know if that ever got developed? Miss my copiague days and that great theater!

longislandwally75
longislandwally75 on June 9, 2006 at 1:36 pm

don rosen

it was wbic 540 wbic when johnny opened..at the time they were

sunrise to sunset…you could hear them on your car speakers

and when they would sign off at sundown the moiviw would start..

fyi..wbic/wlix is now wlie now 24hrs..

i’m back on long island pm drive 4-8 pm m-f

www.wnygspiritofny.com

click on boom box

wally1975

also Mr.Hefter was manager of johnny aw…

Z
Z on September 15, 2005 at 12:20 pm

I was certainly there, but who could pooeye be?

Coate
Coate on August 22, 2005 at 12:37 pm

“I grew up in Setauket on Long Island, and in 1968 a friend’s mother took my friend, his younger brother, and me to see 2001: A Space Odyssey at a theater on the Island not long after it opened.

I’ve been trying to figure out exactly which theater it was and suspect this may have been it.

Does anyone else recall seeing 2001 at this theater not long after it was released? I’d be grateful to know! Thank you.“ (60smoviekid, Dec 4, 2004)


Doubtful you saw “2001” here if you’re positive this viewing occured during 1968. “2001” was released initially as a roadshow with exclusive engagements in selected regions (the Long Island showing, which started about three months after the NYC premiere, was at the NGC Fox Eastern Twin South Cinerama in Hicksville).

The link below includes details for the New York City area showings (including arrounding counties) of “2001” from 1968-1970. (From there, one can link to a list of the film’s worldwide showings.)
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JozeeD
JozeeD on August 22, 2005 at 12:24 pm

I grew up in Copiague in the 60’s just a few blocks from the drive-in. In the winter time when the trees were not in bloom I could see the screen from my upstairs bedroom. I could see the screen clearly but of course there was no sound. I am now a very good lip reader.

Does anyone know where I can find records of the history of Copiague? I tried the public library (of which my father was on the committee to establish the library) and all I got was a brief one page history. I am interested in facts such as the population in the 50’s, etc. You can email me at
Thanks, Josie