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Queens Drive-In at the New York Hall of Science in Queens, New York City, U.S., August 16, 2020. Andrew Kelly/NYSCI

Queens Drive-In

Aug 13, 2020 — Oct 31, 2021

Starting in August 2020, Museum of the Moving Image partnered with Rooftop Films and the New York Hall of Science to present the Queens Drive-In. Taking place on the grounds of the New York Hall of Science (NYSCI) in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, this landmark partnership will bring safe, communal moviegoing back to the City following the COVID-19 pandemic, serve to sustain jobs, and support New York and the larger filmmaking community.

The Queens Drive-In will be programmed by Museum of the Moving Image and Rooftop Films, with MoMI taking the lead on classic repertory and thematic programming, in consultation with the New York Hall of Science. The Museum’s selections for the Queens Drive-In will reflect a range of MoMI’s programming, including films from the established series See It Big!, revived with the theme The Future Is Now, featuring science-fiction classics that speak to the current moment; Science on Screen; Jim Henson’s World, presented in conjunction with the Museum’s ongoing exhibition and programming devoted to Jim Henson; and the launch of the series Queens on Film, showcasing movies set or filmed in the borough. More titles will be announced as they are confirmed.

Past Films in Series

A woman smiles under a yellow canopy at a wedding
Two men wearing fur coats and medallions on a NYC street
A giant killer shark with blood on its jaws pops out of the water near the side of a boat
Two tough-looking gangsters sit at a bar, the one on right with a cigarette in his mouth
Spider-Man flies through a New York city street above taxicabs
Paddington the bear is sticking toothbrushes in his ears
An astronaut's head inside her helmet as she floats in space, with the earth distant to the left
A young girl in a school uniform crouches while a monster menaces in the background
A man holding a child floating on his back in the ocean
Harrison Ford climbing onto the top of a taxi cab
Batman picking up and threatening the Joker
Bruce Lee, standing in a martial arts pose, shirtless
A wanderer on London Bridge wearing a hospital gown on the left; a picture of Marilyn Monroe in front of a Polio awareness poster on the right
Three women in colorful outfits singing into microphones
Godzilla destroying a city on the left, and King Kong towering over Manhattan on the right
A man drinking from a coffee pot, while a woman on the right looks in surprise
Willy Wonka on the left and Charlie Bucket on the right in a top hat
A school dance in front of a Summer 2017 banner, fronted by a boy standing on the left and a girl in a wheelchair on the right
A woman stands with her fist in the air, holding a megaphone
Jack Skellington holding up one claw in a graveyard and singing
A man standing with sunglasses, a red backwards cap, and a tight blue shirt looking past camera
Ethan Hawke standing in a dark, oak room, holding his hands together

NOTE: Working with the City, MoMI, Rooftop Films, and NYSCI have taken every precaution to ensure the safety of all attendees, working with Mutual Aid Risk and Safety to finalize safety and mitigation plans for events, and plans and procedures will exceed the recommendations included in the City and State guidelines. For more information, see the Queens Drive-In FAQ.

Tickets: Starting at $35 per car (up to 5 passengers per car). Members of the presenting organizations will receive a 15% discount. Learn more about membership and join here. Tickets will become available to purchase on the Rooftop Films website, once programs are announced. Doors will open each night around 7:30 p.m., events will begin at 8:30 p.m. and end by 11:00 p.m.

Donations to MoMI help support initiatives like the Queens Drive-In. Please consider making a gift today.

Special thanks to Queens Borough President Sharon Lee and Council Member Francisco Moya for their support of the Queens Drive-In and making possible free community screenings. Additional thanks to Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer, Chair of the Council’s Committee on Cultural Affairs.