Westbury Drive-In

7000 Brush Hollow Road,
Westbury, NY 11590

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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
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
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
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.
View link

pleasefeedthedog
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
rsadetsky on January 11, 2009 at 5:38 pm

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

MPol
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
BMitchell on January 10, 2009 at 8:35 pm

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

rsadetsky
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
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

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on September 12, 2008 at 12:59 pm

The “information” contradicts that in the CT listing. Where did that website find a capacity of 1,900 cars? Wikipedia?

AFHYATT
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
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
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
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!

hkbf23
hkbf23 on October 4, 2007 at 5:30 am

We were drive-in people. I cannot remember my Dad ever going to the movies in a standard theater. He simply refused. Oddly, he WAS always willing to go to the drive in. When I was a child we went regularly. All 6 of us would pile in the white station wagon. My sisters were older and stayed awake for the whole movie. My brother and I were little and since we always fell asleep, we went in our pj’s with sleeping bags. We bought our own popcorn and sodas. If my sisters had money they
went to the concession stand, probably to check out the boys. The inevitably led to a lecture by my Dad about wasting money. We all listened. My Mom tactfully agreed. They went anyway. I cannot tell you how much fun our family drive-in excursions were. I don’t remember any of the movies, but I do remember those times as some of the happiest of my childhood.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on August 21, 2007 at 9:34 am

I can only hope that the “free children’s playground” was empty throughout the engagement of these two particularly harrowing Dustin Hoffman flicks!

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on July 11, 2007 at 9:13 am

In March, 1977, the UA Westbury Drive-In was “pleased to announce a new low price admission policy. Now $3 per carload.” The current booking was a double bill of “Marathon Man” and “Straw Dogs.” Advertising also boasted of a “free children’s playground.”

BMitchell
BMitchell on April 23, 2007 at 3:59 am

You guessed correctly, JP. I sold the Mustang in 1995 and the GTO last year. Oh well. I still have pictures of them at the D/I. When I started there people told me it would be the best job I ever had. So it was.

I still have some small signs and things from the Drive In, but I really wish I had the “Please Dim Lights” neon sign from above the booths. Hopefully someone preserved it.

The photo that Lost Memory posted from eBay is a copy, and each time it sells, another has gone up for sale. It is really a great picture, and shows the original lighting. My later photo just shows holes where the bulbs had been.

Bill

jpark377
jpark377 on April 22, 2007 at 5:03 pm

It’s great having those pictures on the site. Thanks Ed and B Mitchell. I really enjoyed doing maintenance work at this theater, in the 80’s and 90’s. This was a cool theater, and actually had the unusual duty of being the UA Nassau DM’s, office, many years ago (very rare for a DI: most DM’s wanted their office to be in an indoor theater). That’s a rather useless fact; but more seriously, there’s a whole generation out there that has no idea what a Drive-In Theater is. It’s a shame.
BMitchell, did you ever think the nearest DI would be in Orange County? Also, I’m guessing you don’t have a white Mustang anymore?
JP

BMitchell
BMitchell on March 28, 2007 at 4:25 am

That’s a great photo, Lost Memory.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on March 27, 2007 at 1:53 pm

This is a 1954 photo. Its an Ebay link so I don’t know how long it will last.