Massapequa Drive-In

5550 W. Sunrise Highway,
Massapequa, NY 11758

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Massapequa Drive-In

Opened June 9, 1950, 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

Recent comments (view all 27 comments)

LouiseSewall on January 5, 2011 at 12:13 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 on March 6, 2011 at 11:32 pm

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 on July 28, 2012 at 9:41 pm

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

robboehm on July 29, 2012 at 8:21 pm

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

NYozoner on January 18, 2015 at 3:52 am

Please update address to:

5550 West Sunrise Highway, Massapequa, NY 11758

NYer on January 18, 2015 at 7:30 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.

robboehm on May 11, 2015 at 11:12 pm

Uploaded generic ad trying to get the South Shore people to go to the drive in.

NYer on May 12, 2015 at 7:53 am

Marquee featured in “Teenage Mother” 1967 filmed through out Massapequa in photo section. “Teenage Mother” played through out Long Island as both main feature and the second half of a double bill but the closest to Massapequa and the Drive-In I’ve been able to tell is the next town over, Amityville.

dallasmovietheaters on August 25, 2015 at 2:15 pm

Opening day was June 9, 1950.

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