Is seeing a silent film, with live organist accompaniment, in a restored movie palace from the 1920s not enough to satisfy your thirst for recreating a forgotten form of watching movies? Starting this Friday, October 4, you can see films in a “drive-in” at the New York Hall of Science in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park. No need to cross state lines.
The Empire Drive-In, which is more of an art installation than a bona fide drive-in movie theater, is open during the hall’s regular hours. On select days, however, it transforms into a drive-in theater. To create the drive-in experience, there are sixty cars and trucks, salvaged from a nearby junkyard, installed to accommodate visitors. The screenings run from October 4 through October 20, although you should check the schedule because they’re screenings films only on select days. On those days, the installation is only open until 2:00 PM, presumably to allow time to prepare that evening’s screening.