Whitestone Drive-In

2505 Bruckner Boulevard,
Bronx, NY 10465

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The Whitestone Drive-In was the most famous drive-in in New York City and it existed from the mid-1950’s to early-1980’s when a multiplex theater was built on the site, which still exists.

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Tinseltoes on June 9, 2010 at 6:18 am

The image on the screen was probably superimposed, but the drive-in opened when it was still daylight, with screenings advertised as starting at “dusk.” And don’t forget that for most of its season, we had daylight savings time, so it was possible for the drive-in to fill up well before anything started.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on October 8, 2010 at 5:12 pm

“TRUE GRIT” and “THE LAWYER” what Double feature.Wonder about bookers at Drive-ins.They justed slapped stuff together it seems to me.

rivest266 on August 12, 2012 at 10:47 pm

Aerial photos and grand opening ads uploaded in the photo section for this drive-in.

Richard Mucciolo
Richard Mucciolo on September 19, 2012 at 2:56 pm

Here is the Whitestone Drive in I hve…with all the cars lined up and the speakers….

airbornetab on May 30, 2013 at 5:18 am

I use to go there as a child. What happens is that the movies would start at dusk and there would still be a little bit of daylight left. They would show two features. They also had two screens so you would have a chose of movies. It was hard leaving the theater because there was always a traffic jam after the last movie. They even had a playground for the kids to play on.

Tinseltoes on May 30, 2013 at 6:39 am

This may have been the “most famous” drive-in in New York City, but also the ONLY one within the boroughs of Manhattan, Bronx, Brooklyn, and Queens. I’m not sure about Richmond (Staten Island) due to its isolation from the other boroughs. Its cinemas were rarely advertised or reported in the daily newspapers until saturation distribution started in the 1960s.

Tinseltoes on May 30, 2013 at 7:54 am

Much of the patronage came from northern Queens, which had an easy connection via the Whitestone Bridge. Residents of southern Queens favored the Sunrise Drive-In, which was just over the Nassau County border in Valley Stream.

pellboy on June 20, 2013 at 1:08 pm

You’re so right about the odd bookings, Mike. As a 9-year old at the Whitestone, I recall a double-bill of Butch Cassidy & The Sundance Kid playing along with The Prime Of Miss Jean Brodie. Also saw Steve McQueen in The Reivers, sort of a modern, comedic western along with The Go-Between, which was an English romance film.

rivest266 on October 2, 2013 at 4:03 pm

Tinseltoes, there was a drive-in in Queens. check http://www.newyorkdriveins.com/newyorkcitymetroregion/internationalairport/internationalairport.php

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on October 3, 2013 at 8:20 am

Never knew about that drive-in, rivest266. Surprised there’s no listing for it on CT. Perhaps you should submit one!

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