A Guide to Drive-In Movie Theaters in New Jersey + Beyond

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Back in May, NJ Governor Phil Murphy passed an executive order that allowed for non-essential retail stores in the State of New Jersey to reopen {for curbside pick-up only}, and within that he also announced that larger-scale drive-in gatherings, such as religious services and drive-in movies, would be allowed. He explained that the “gathering of vehicles, such as drive-in movies and religious services are not a violation of my order prohibiting mass gatherings so long as all participants remain in their cars,” according to NJ.com.

This is a pretty big deal, as it gives all of us New Jerseyans another out-of-the-house activity to take part in as things start to reopen this summer — drive-in movies. To help you get ahead of your socially-distant summer activities list, we’ve rounded up a list of drive-in movie theaters in the Tri-State area to visit. 

Boxcar Drive In Movies {Madison Community Pool at 105 Rosedale Avenue, Madison +Franklin Lakes Commuter Lot at Parsons Pond Road, Franklin Lakes}

Boxcar has partnered with two Northern New Jersey towns, Franklin Lakes and Madison to offer two pop up drive-in movie locations. This app now offers movie tickets and food deliveries for patrons. Each location will offer $25 tickets {for the whole car} and also has the option to order food from local restaurants for contactless delivery. Sound will be delivered through the FM radio system in the car. The screen will be inflated in the parking lot and cars will line up just like in the old days of drive-in theaters. Click here for more information.  

Delsea Drive In Theater {2203 South Delsea Drive, Vineland}

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Established in 1949, this theater, according to its website, believes that “experiencing movies on the big screen under the stars will provide some degree of normalcy and escape” in the present day, and we are so excited to have some inkling of regular life come back. Tickets are available for online purchase only and can be placed using the website here for $11 per person {children under four years old are free}. Tickets are sold for screens and not individual movies, so guests can even enjoy a double or triple feature. Get more information here.

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Woodbridge Center {250 Woodbridge Center Drive, Woodbridge Township}

A drive-in theater pop-up has arrived at Woodbridge Center, bringing the classic nostalgia of a drive-in movie theater just a bit south of Elizabeth, NJ. The screen is located in the parking lot near Red Robin, and cars will be spaced at least eight feet apart, giving guests ample space within their own vehicles. Audio can be streamed through traditional FM radio, or accessed using a personal wired or wireless mobile device, including ones with Bluetooth. Tickets must be purchased in advance and will not be available for purchase onsite.

Newark Moonlight Cinema {54 Bridge Street, Newark}

Newark Moonlight Cinema is a new pop-up drive-in movie theater located at the site of the former Newark Bears Baseball Stadium in Newark’s Downtown District. The brainchild of Newark based filmmaker Ayana Stafford-Morris and real estate developer Siree Morris, this seasonal experience is running Friday through Sunday from July 2020 – October 4, 2020. From cult classics to recent releases, each weekend will offer patrons a nostalgic trip down memory lane, while providing prime family time for over 1500 people. The films are carefully selected to highlight African American filmmakers, actors, and actresses.

Bridge Arts Festival {177 Avenue A, Bayonne}

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Every Saturday, the Bridge Arts Festival hosts a drive-in movie night — featuring cult-classics like Star Wars, and Sandlot, as well as screenings of award-winning works from the winners of the 2020 NJ Young Filmmakers’ Festival. The gates open at approximately 7:30 PM, and masks or face coverings must be worn by all patrons when outside of their vehicles. There is a maximum of four people per car — with the only exception being two adults with more than two small children. Outside food is prohibited, but food will be available for advanced purchase at the drive-in. General admission is $25 per car, and VIP admission is $40 — which includes reserved car parking {VIP admission only}. Residents can buy tickets here.

Demarest Farms {244 Wierimus Avenue}

Opening up June 11th, Demarest Farms will be serving the public at its newly-created drive-in movie theater every Thursday and Friday night until August 28th. Tickets can be purchased online to avoid contact upon arrival. The snack bar and restrooms will also be operating with strict guidelines in place{ordering online, masks worn at all times, frequent cleaning of surfaces, etc} for the safety of guests and employees. Learn more here.

Four Brothers Drive In Theater {4957 Route 22, Amenia, NY}

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As interpreted by the Four Brothers, drive-in movie theaters are “a symbol of American lifestyle and persona” and that is 100% right. This theater, although a bit of a distance from Hudson county, this drive-in theater will be hosting guests at its New York location. Tickets must be pre-purchased online to guarantee a spot. Guests arriving without a pre-purchased ticket can be added to a standby list, in case someone does not show up. Tickets can be purchased here for $11 for adults and $6 for children six years old and under. Orders for food can also be placed online on the website. Additionally, on-screen messages can be purchased for a small fee.A happy birthday, anniversary, or even proposal message can be written on the screen. Get more information here.

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Warwick Drive-In Movies {11 Warwick Turnpike, Warwick, NY}

This longstanding drive-in theater officially reopened on May 15th and is taking every precaution to ensure the safety of guests and employees alike. Tickets can be pre-purchased online here. This theater currently works with the FanFood app, which allows visitors to place contactless food orders right to their car. The option for contactless pickup and delivery is also available from the app. The Warwick Drive-In also has a concession stand with food available for purchase {social distancing guidelines apply}. Using the Listen Everywhere app, guests can hear the movie using their cellphones or rent a speaker for $5. Tickets for adults are $12 and $8 for seniors and children four to 11 years old. The theater is constantly updating the movie list, so be sure to check out the website for more information.

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Hoboken homeowner and lover of all things local, Danielle made her home in the Mile Square City nearly six years ago. Danielle is a second grade teacher by day; after hours, she can be found in the kitchen whipping up a a new recipe or grabbing a bite to eat with her husband and friends. Danielle is the try-er and buyer of all things beauty and loves finding a good deal. Shopping on Washington, interior decorating, and riding her Peloton are just a few of Danielle's favorite things. Oh, and did we mention her undying love for the New York Yankees?