Rocky Point Drive-In

115 North Country Road,
Rocky Point, NY 11778

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robboehm on September 21, 2017 at 7:32 pm

I had heard that Walmart and some other big box store had been interested.

missthepoint on September 21, 2017 at 7:29 pm

Little left to identify it as the Drive-In sign anymore. What will probably happen is the owner will eventually pass away and developers will snap that property up. From what I have been able to follow from down here in Florida there has been interest to build on that property for many years. That will be the ultimate end to the Rocky Point Drive-In.

robboehm on September 21, 2017 at 2:27 pm

The decay continues (see new photos) and the owner doesn’t respond favorably to offers made. No one can figure what he wants. Shortly the whole pylon will be overgrown and the blight will no longer be visible.

robboehm on July 28, 2017 at 11:18 am

Kyle, since this is a theater oriented site and there has been little information posted on it I doubt if you’ll get any responses. I think the three pix on this site in the photo section is about all you’re going to get.

KyleBarrTBR on July 28, 2017 at 9:59 am

Hey there, my name is Kyle Barr and I’m a reporter from the Times Beacon Record Newspapers. I’m looking to do a small retrospective of the drive in, so if anybody here has pictures they have of when it was operational or have any insight into the history of the theater feel free to shoot me an email at

robboehm on November 17, 2014 at 6:09 pm

Still better than when the pylon showed the golf range.

missthepoint on November 17, 2014 at 1:52 pm

Sad to see it in this state. I think it would be nice to see it restored as a “historic monument”.

robboehm on November 16, 2014 at 9:02 pm

Finally uploaded pictures of the “new” signage which I actually took almost a year ago.

robboehm on December 17, 2013 at 8:43 pm

If you do an online search for Rocky Point Drive In and scroll to a Topix site, the first four pictures are of the drive in when it was operational, including the illuminated pylon, cars in front of the screen and the back of the screen. I don’t think these can be linked.

robboehm on December 3, 2013 at 8:12 pm

I was speaking to the owner of the business just under the pylon for the drive in. He felt that Walmart or one of the other big box stores should have been permitted to build there to provide employment for the many graduating high school students along the 25A corridor. His opinion is contrary to the majority who want to prevent overdevelopment of the 25A corridor which is already the home to a dozen strip malls and a shopping center anchored by Kohl’s.

For some time the pylon has sported a new metal sign proclaiming “Rocky Point Drive In” in red and yellow which was erected by the owner to proclaim that this is a commercial site. Town of Brookhaven shot down that claim in a recent court case. To be continued.

robboehm on December 3, 2013 at 11:45 am

markp- I really don’t think drive ins have a place in our area at this time. PS Have you seen that great book “The American Drive-In Movie Theatre” by Don and Susan Saunders? A nice resource. I’m almost, just almost, ready to check out every drive-in they’ve documented against CT. But I do have a life. Walmart has about the best price on it and, at this time of year, if you do it online, there may be free shipping.

Also on Drive-Ins. The site similar to CT lists a drive in in Centereach, Long Island. I’ve yet to find any source of confirmation on this. ?????

markp on December 3, 2013 at 7:14 am

robboehm, if I had the money, Id buy it and make it a drive in again.

robboehm on December 2, 2013 at 9:21 am

It’s official, no big box store on the site. It will be used for recreational purposes. Owner had tried to cut deals with Target, Lowe’s and Walmart but locals won out.

robboehm on June 19, 2012 at 8:59 pm

The drive in closed in the 1980s. The driving range about ten years ago. The owner has made no effort to sell the property. Target has expressed an interest in building on the site but recent legislation bars new box stores on 25A. The developer has once last opportunity to appeal the ban which coincided with the upgrade of the 18 acre parcel from retail to recreational, a ruling which the owner had previously tried to overturn. In the past the NYS Court of Appeals rarely grants such motions. And so the pylon stands rotting in the midst of weeds, an unproductive eyesore.

missthepoint on June 13, 2011 at 7:19 pm

robboehm – I’ve posted an entry as you suggested. Mainly about the drive-in, since that holds the most memories for me, last paragraph does pertain to the cinema but is lacking as I really do not recall much about the cinema.

robboehm on June 10, 2011 at 9:36 pm

miss the point – perhaps you could post some of your recollections on the Rocky Point Cinema on that site.
Did it have a sloping floor? What was unique about it?

When I used to summer in Rocky Point we went to the Brookhaven. There was no Drive In in the early 1950s.

missthepoint on June 10, 2011 at 6:23 pm

Check out New York has some photos, and newspaper clippings about the Drive-In. It opened June 16th 1961, closed in 1988.

missthepoint on June 9, 2011 at 10:52 pm

I remeber the Cinema, 1st year or 2 it showed regular movies then turned X-Rated. The only movie I can remeber seeing was a western, Judge Roy Bean(?). When the kids I hung out with started coming of age we always talked about going to see a XXX but it was all bluster we never went. The indoor movie theaters that I went to on a regular basis were the East Setauket Fox, saw Gone with The Wind for the 1st time on the “big screen” as compared with years of watching it on TV in B&W, it was amazing. Also the Brookhaven in Port Jefferson Station, I remember when they had a Herbie (The Lovebug) in the lobby. When it became a $1.00 theater we went just about every week.

robboehm on June 8, 2011 at 10:22 pm

Well, if you were at the new Carvel you were next to the Rocky Point Cinema. Any recollections on it? When I established it on CT I was working from personal recollections and an article in the Port Jefferson Echo.

missthepoint on June 8, 2011 at 8:11 pm

If we were allowed to get a 2nd treat I always chose an eggroll and Yoo-Hoo too! I was terrified of the bathrooms, would not go by myself for the longest time, I think it was because of the exposed plumbing and dim lighting. I remember the original Carvel on 25A on the north-west corner of Hallock Landing. It was the old walk-up style the front facade was slanted, later it moved down by the drive-in. I always got a chocolate cone with chocolate or rainbow sprinkles. Shopped at Sears Surplus alot, the manager (tall bald guy) for some reason pegged me as a potential shop-lifter and would follow me around. So I would pick up merchandise walk around then set it down somewhere else, drove him nuts.

RobertR on April 11, 2011 at 9:00 am

Someone needs to have some vision and open a drive-in on Long Island again. Westbury still made money to the day it closed.

KadyFox on April 11, 2011 at 4:23 am

We went to the Rocky Point Drive-In, back in the 70’s. Our mother would have us bathed and in our jammies before we went. I too, remember seeing Grease and Xanadu, as some others have mentioned. I can remember the concession stand. My Dad would go stand in line and bring the food back to the car. My favorite was the egg rolls. I always paired it with a Yoo-Hoo.
On Thursday nights, my mother would take us to the McDonalds and sometimes the Carvel…mmm…the chocolate and strawberry bonnets! Sears Surplus was where our school clothes came from every year. (Back when Andrew Muller was Miller Place Primary School and Laddie Decker was a just-built Sound Beach School. Our first day there, the teachers were on strike!)

robboehm on August 31, 2010 at 9:41 am

You also missed the remnants of the Skyway Drive-In outside of Greenport. All that’s left is the pylon which is used by a Lutheran Church. But, if memory serves me correctly, this is not on Main Road but one that parallels it.

bicyclereporter on August 31, 2010 at 9:20 am

Oh, I don’t really care about shopping center cinemas to take pix.

robboehm on August 31, 2010 at 7:17 am

If you passed the Drive-In you also passed the Rocky Point Cinema about two blocks west on the same side of the road. It is in a strip shopping center and cannot be identified as a theatre. I did a lot of digging before I posted it and have some newspaper images which I’ve yet to get here.