Whitestone Drive-In

2505 Bruckner Boulevard,
Bronx, NY 10465

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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!

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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….

rivest266 on August 12, 2012 at 10:47 pm

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

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.

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 June 8, 2010 at 4:01 pm

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

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.

RobertR on November 27, 2009 at 11:43 am

The picture on the screen looks superimposed.

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??

Jeffrey1955 on April 7, 2009 at 8:07 pm

The toll was 25 cents when the Bronx-Whitestone Bridge (as it is officially known) opened in 1939. I suspect it was still the same in 1951.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on May 30, 2008 at 7:27 am

In 1951, the Whitestone was depending on late-run movies and reissues. Patrons driving there via the Whitestone or Triborough Bridges were entitled to a rebate on a one-way toll charge. I wonder how much that would have been?: View link

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on November 19, 2007 at 9:56 am

The Whitestone Bridge Drive-In was built and operated by Redstone Drive-In Theatres, which in 1949 also owned the Sunrise D-I in Valley Stream, Long Island; Dedham D-I, Dedham, Mass.; and Revere D-I, Revere, Mass.. Based in Boston, the company had Michael Redstone as president and treasurer. Redstone was the father of current movie mogul Sumner. The original family name was Rothstein.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on January 17, 2007 at 8:10 am

This first opened on August 12th, 1949 as the Whitestone Bridge Drive-in-Theatre. The double bill had already completed a run on the Loew’s neighborhood circuit:

kencmcintyre on January 9, 2007 at 10:11 am

This lawsuit states that the drive-in had space for 1500 cars:

RobertR on September 20, 2006 at 2:17 pm

Jan of 1968 the Bible at popular prices even included the Whitestone & Sunrise Drive-Ins.
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hardbop on April 27, 2006 at 5:51 am

I too remember this drive-in. I moved to NYC in March ‘82 and when I would make frequent treks back to New England you could see this drive-in from either the Bruckner or Route 95. I am surprised that a drive-in theatre in the Bronx lasted as late as '83.

OnslowKUA on February 19, 2006 at 3:25 pm

I lived in a four family house about a half mile from the Whitestone Drive-in (i952 to 1946). We had an unobstructed view of the screen from our bathroom and kitchen windows. We could see the film without sound of course. I remember that when Cinemascope was introduced the screen was added on to to allow for the new technology.

Jeffrey1955 on December 3, 2005 at 7:08 pm

The back of the big screen, white with WHITESTONE DRIVE-IN in huge red letters, was a familiar landmark alongside the Hutch — even during all those years when the massive interchange construction project was going on. Seeing just another single-story building with a generic multiplex sign has never been the same.

RobertR on October 22, 2005 at 9:23 am

At the bottom of the page is an ad for the Whitestone playing a double bill of “Salt & Pepper” and “Yours Mine & Ours”.
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ArchStanton007 on September 22, 2005 at 11:47 am

See if the Bronx Historical Society has photos of the drive in.
When it opened as a multiplex in 1983, it was worth the trip from nearby Yonkers and I commend National Amusements for maintaining it so well that it doesn’t appear to have aged one day in 20 years. They added on two more screens years back and I think it’s mentioned in Sumner Redstone’s biography as being one of their top earning theaters. They were leery about building this theater because the the left over Bronx stigma from the 1970’s. Now literally every retailer in America sees the money to made in Da' Bronx. Another possible multiplex coming to Marble Hill at Broadway and West 233 Street.