Westbury Drive-In

7000 Brush Hollow Road,
Westbury, NY 11590

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robboehm on November 7, 2018 at 12:11 pm

I can confirm the number of screens at closing as 3. They were very visible when one traveled East on the Long Island Expressway.

DavidZornig on November 7, 2018 at 11:04 am

1954 promo ad added via Kathleen Santhouse Botsford‎. Boasts 2,024 car capacity. One local claims it had 3 screens when demolished in `98.

anthony1179 on May 31, 2015 at 4:52 pm

saw “the sons of Katie elder” and Nevada Smith..such a great place and a great time in this country.

wally 75
wally 75 on May 12, 2015 at 10:22 pm

RE: Ed Solero 11/25/14 Never mind the start times…with 2 ½ shows a night, in the summer could end at sunrise…When I was MGR. of Cinema Bayshore next to the Bayshore Drive-in [I was covering it for someone vacation] as the sun was on the rise Barbra was singing “On a clear day you can see forever”…made me smile as I was hanging speakers back..

robboehm on May 11, 2015 at 8:38 pm

Uploaded photo of signs directing one to either screen 1,2 or 3.

markp on November 26, 2014 at 4:16 am

Had it still been open these days, people would be sitting in crush hour traffic and would be lucky to make a 7 or 730 pm start time.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on November 25, 2014 at 11:48 am

In winter, the sun sets in these parts between 4:30 and 5pm. Plenty dark for a movie by 5:30. Sometimes, in summer, movies didn’t start late enough so that the first 15 minutes of the program weren’t washed out by remaining daylight!

NYer on November 25, 2014 at 1:53 am

Open all season, the Christmas attraction in 1965 was “Thunderball”. Surprised to see shows starting at 5:30pm. Ad in photo section.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on March 10, 2012 at 8:40 am

Wow! Marilyn Monroe and Robert Mitchum on a 130' Cinemascope screen. Life was sweet back in the day.

Drive-In 54
Drive-In 54 on March 10, 2012 at 3:28 am

Uploaded some aerial views from 1966 and 1994.

nyazfan on April 17, 2011 at 2:24 pm

in the mid to late 80s my parents and i went to the drive in a lot and now they tell me about getting a kick out of seeing these dogs and cats on the screen before the shows started for the evening. i really dont remember too well as i was so young.

wally 75
wally 75 on November 24, 2010 at 10:28 pm

Chris…I would try Newsday or booking office for UA..

If NYozoner can find an ad from 1954 they sould have stuff on file..

capchris55 on June 19, 2010 at 5:54 pm

Hello, can someone tell me where I can find information as to what movies played at the Westbury drive in…in the summer of 1996?? Thanks

NYozoner on February 7, 2010 at 12:41 am

Here is the grand opening ad from Newsday on June 23, 1954, for the Westbury Drive-in.
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pleasefeedthedog on February 12, 2009 at 7:15 pm

I guess it was the late 60’s when I saw some Jerry Lewis film and I may have seen the Long Long Trailer with Lucy .

rsadetsky on January 11, 2009 at 5:38 pm

Hi Bill, send me an e-mail so we can catch up.

MPol on January 10, 2009 at 10:36 pm

Lost Memory, is it possible that the fact that the highway was always backed up (traffic-wise) on both sides due to people trying to enter the Sunrise Drive-In contributed to that drive-in’s ultimate closing down? Just curious.

btw—sounds like you all had lots of fun going to the drive-ins.

BMitchell on January 10, 2009 at 8:35 pm

Hi Rick! You were right … it WAS the best job I’d ever have.

rsadetsky on January 10, 2009 at 3:55 pm

Thanks Jim Bono for sending me this site. I managed the Westbury Drive-In in the early 80’s and know at least 2 people writing into this forum – Bill Mitchell who took over as manager of the Drive-In when I became Divsion Manager, and Bob Tooley who managed the Cinema 150 Theatre in Syosset(Woodbury). Bob was fortunate and deserving to run the premier showcase of UA theatres in Nassau County, at the time. Beautifully run and maintained and I’m glad to let Bob know that now. Bill, hope you see this and thanks for the cases of nacho trays when I needed them.
My e-mail is

KingBiscuits on January 5, 2009 at 10:53 am

The latest I can find the theatre playing double bills is 1982 (from Ed Solero’s clippings).

In fact, this is what was playing on the weekend of March 5th, 1982.

Screen 1: Death Wish II/Prom Night
Screen 2: Enter The Ninja/Evilspeak
Screen 3: Evil Under The Sun/Endless Love

AFHYATT on June 10, 2008 at 11:09 pm

If I remember the dating scene at the Westbury or for that matter any drive in during the good old 1960’s…wasn’t the date a success if you didn’t get see much of what was on the screen!!

BMitchell on June 10, 2008 at 10:12 pm

No, you’re right lmaint, we had a capacity of 1189 cars, give or take.

jpark377 on May 28, 2008 at 6:53 pm

BMitchell, I just noticed the initial description stating a capacity of 950 cars. You guys were bigger than that, I’m sure. We were listed around 800 cars in theater #1 and 600 cars in theater #2, over at Bay Shore.

Panzer65 on November 9, 2007 at 2:23 pm

I attended the Sunrise many times as a teenager and enjoyed it very much. Some years after, I started dating a woman from Nassau county who enjoyed the movie going experience as much as I did. As a native New York City boy,and not knowing Long Island very well, I made a date with her one night and she suggested we go to the drive in. I took a minute to recall my memories and said to her, “where”? The Westbury was only two exits away, and we started going to the drive in on several dates after that. Unfortunately, after two years of dating, the Westbury closed, kind of ruining our relationship. I managed to see one more movie there with another woman, “Air Force One”,in a rainstorm no less.How I miss the drive in!