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 had a capacity for 850-cars and 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. A third screen was later added and the car capacity was increased to 1,200. 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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Jeffrey1955 on November 27, 2009 at 8:25 am

There’s something very odd about that New York Times photo — it appears to have been taken during the day! How is that even possible??

RobertR on November 27, 2009 at 11:43 am

The picture on the screen looks superimposed.

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 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.

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.

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