Whitestone Drive-In

2505 Bruckner Boulevard,
Bronx, NY 10465

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Whitestone Drive In...Bronx,NY

The Whitestone Bridge Drive-In was the most famous drive-in in New York City and it opened August 12, 1949 with Paulette Goddard in “Suddenly it’s Spring” and Richard Denning in “Caged Fury”. It was still operating in 1957 as the Whitestone Bridge Drive-In when it was operated by Micheal Redstone & Liggett-Florin Booking Service.

It was later renamed Whitestone Drive-In and was twinned in 1978. It operated into the early-1980’s when it was demolished and the Whitestone Multiplex Cinemas were built on the site and opened in late-1984. It was closed in 2013 and has its own page on Cinema Treasures.

Contributed by Alan Bobet

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RobertR
RobertR on November 27, 2009 at 11:43 am

The picture on the screen looks superimposed.

Jeffrey1955
Jeffrey1955 on November 27, 2009 at 2:37 pm

Yes, the picture on the screen DOES look superimposed — but the lot is full of cars, which leads me to wonder if the entire thing was staged.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on June 8, 2010 at 4:01 pm

42nd Street,couple of those Double features were great.Those were the days.

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
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
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.

pellboy
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
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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