Massapequa Drive-In

5550 W. Sunrise Highway,
Massapequa, NY 11758

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Massapequa Drive-In

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The Massapequa Drive-In was located on Sunrise Highway, just east of Unqua Road, in Massapequa, on Long Island. First owned by Prudential, later United Artists, then, (I believe) Century. From the early-1960’s through the late-1970’s, they always had a double feature, except for “Exodus” and “El Cid”.

The drive-in was located adjacent to the Frank “Bring ‘Em Back Alive” Buck Massapequa Zoo and Kiddie Park. As a matter of fact, the monkey mountain was next to the ticket booth. While waiting in your car, you could watch the monkeys. The Massapequa Drive-in had a simple concession stand and playground. The had pin wheels and fireworks on the 3rd of July, each year.

In 1964, the large wooden marquee burned down. It was replaced with a smaller, modern green and white plastic one with flashing balloons on top. It’s now the site of Sears and other stores. It’s big co-owned brother, the Johnny All-Weather, was just a few miles down the road.

Contributed by Don Rosen

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fibber2
fibber2 on June 16, 2008 at 4:17 pm

Hi Don,

Steve H. here. Yep, sounds like we were practically neighbors! 45 would have been up between Merle and McLeod? We were #25 – last house on the dead end. Remember biking thru the ‘pit’? Tons of old wrecked cars to play with! What were our parents thinking when they let us loose like that? Ah, different times.

OK, to keep this drive-in related, we took our kids to the Roosevelt Drive-in on Friday night for Kung-Fu Panda and Indiana Jones. We are striving to keep the remaining ones in our area open!

DonRosen
DonRosen on June 17, 2008 at 7:55 am

Ah, the pit…yes, I remember the junked cars and riding my bike off the steep slopes…later became the Sunrise Mall home of the worst theatres I’ve ever been in, the UA Movies. Black shoe boxes with tiny screens. I saw a few movies there in the mid 70s.

fibber2
fibber2 on June 17, 2008 at 11:30 pm

As a teen, I worked in Lobel’s (children’s clothing store just down the hall from the theatres). Most memorable films seen there: Monty Python & the Holy Grail, and Young Frankenstein.

LouiseSewall
LouiseSewall on January 5, 2011 at 1:13 pm

To Bloop, there are some photos in the Sunrise Mall now that show the area. One is an overhead shot showing the drive in, Uncle Buck’s etc. They are hanging on the wall by the escalators on the south side. The second floor display has the photos that I am talking about, but there are also old Massapequa photos on the first floor. Don’t know how long these photos will be displayed

Bloop
Bloop on March 7, 2011 at 12:32 am

UPDATE ! I found filmed footage evidence of this drive in! The 1968 exploitation movie “Teenage Mother” was filmed here on Long Island by Jerry Gross (he’s the man that brought us movies like “I Drink Your Blood/ I Eat Your Skin”!). Anyway, Teenage Mother has a shot of the marquee (I think “…..apequa” can only be seen) as well as a short action scene takes place at the drive in at night. You can see off in the distance some twinkling lights that would possible be the scape of Sunrise Highway. Something Weird Video sells this for about $10.00 OR look for it on YouTube. Another scene has the star teenaged mother going home to her parent’s house—and the outside looks like a typical south shore Long Island home too!

gd14lawn
gd14lawn on July 28, 2012 at 10:41 pm

This article in Box Office shows why this drive-in land was sold. $1,000,000.

http://www.boxoffice.com/the_vault/issue_page?issue_id=1969-1-27&page_no=16#page_start

robboehm
robboehm on July 29, 2012 at 9:21 pm

A case of worth more dead than alive. It was not a particularly impressive drive in.

NYozoner
NYozoner on January 18, 2015 at 4:52 am

Please update address to:

5550 West Sunrise Highway, Massapequa, NY 11758

NYer
NYer on January 18, 2015 at 8:30 am

May 17, 1959 Poison Victim Gets $2,000! Apparently in a labor dispute, someone spiked the Coke machine with arsenic. Yikes! Article in photo section.

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