Empire Drive-In Movie Theater at The New York Hall of Science #EmpireDriveIn

This weekend The New York Hall of Science debuted the Empire Drive-In, a full-scale drive-in theater made of reclaimed and recycled materials. Of course we went to see it and enjoy a movie.

Empire Drive-In Theater at The New York Hall of Science

Note: I was invited as media to this event. No other compensation was received. Any personal views expressed are always 100% my own.

Empire Drive-In Theater at The New York Hall of Science

Empire Drive-In Theater at The New York Hall of Science

Empire Drive-In Theater at The New York Hall of Science

After arriving at NYSCI, we made our way around to the parking lot area. Seeing the Empire Drive-In was like seeing a scene from those old movies. After getting tickets from an old fashion booth, you walked into an open area filled with cars arranged in front of a movie screen. It was amazing!

Empire Drive-In Theater at The New York Hall of Science

My son didn't really understand why we needed to see a move "outside" but he liked the idea of seating in a car to watch a movie. After walking around to see the different type of cars, he picked his car and in we went to wait for the dance performance and movie to start.

Empire Drive-In Theater at The New York Hall of Science

For those that wanted to get snacks before the movie, they could make a quick stop to the snack bar for popcorn, nachos, cookies and other yummies.

Empire Drive-In Theater at The New York Hall of Science

To get things started, a slideshow of images by photographer Stephen Mallon, showed while everyone settled into, on top of or next to their cars.

Saturday night was Bollywood Bash featuring a Bollywood movie, along with a Bollywood dance lesson. Moviegoers started the night learning a Bollywood dance routine to the song “Kajra Re” from the film, led by actress, dancer and choreographer Reena Shah, and a DJ set with Zakhm.

Sadly I didn't get any photos since my phone had no batteries left *sigh*

But it was fun to see everyone interacting and practicing their "Bollywood" moves before the movie. Then it was time to start the movie. Since it was getting late, we didn't stay that night for the movie but we plan on going back. It's a very cool experience.

Empire Drive-In Theater at The New York Hall of Science
photo credit: The New York Hall of Science

"The range of themes included in Empire Drive-In – car culture, technological obsolescence, creative reuse and nostalgia – illustrate that there is no limit to how science and technology can be presented in creative and engaging ways,” said Dr. Margaret Honey, president and CEO of NYSCI. “We know our community members will thoroughly enjoy such a unique installation."

Empire Drive-In is a large-scale, multimedia installation and outdoor theater which includes 60 Junk Cars and a 40-Foot-Screen for Films and Live Performances running for 3 Weeks from October 4 – 20 and will feature B-Movies, Bikes, Punks, Bollywood, Silent Classics, and a Casio Orchestra

The 60 different cars and trucks have been reclaimed from a Brooklyn junkyard, and the screen constructed of salvaged wood; low-power radio transmits stereo audio directly to each car.

The New York debut of Empire Drive-In is presented in collaboration with artists Todd Chandler and Jeff Stark. Each event will feature a different film, content and topic.

Partnering organizations include the Queens Museum, Rooftop Films, Museum of the Moving Image, Light Industry, Flux Factory, Transportation Alternatives and Build It Green.

Tickets for Empire Drive-In shows range in price from $5–$20. For tickets, updated schedule and other information, visit www.nysci.org/event/empire-drive-in



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