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

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At a press conference on May 13th, 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} beginning on Monday, May 18th. Within that very major executive order, 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 — 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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{Photo credit: Facebook}

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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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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{Photo credit: @fourbrothersdrivein}

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.

Each of these drive-in theaters has made the necessary accommodations to align to state mandates revolving around social distancing guidelines. The nostalgia of going to a drive-in movie, however, is one of the positive things that the unfortunate circumstances have been brought about by the statewide shutdowns. This list is ever-growing and will be added to as more pop-up drive-in movie theaters are found.

 Know of a drive-in movie theater to include? Tell us in the comments below!

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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?


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