Are Drive-In Movie Theaters Making a Comeback?

Skyline Drive-In | New York, NY

Many industries have taken a hit because of the COVID-19 pandemic, but few can say to have been as strongly affected as the film industry. Because of social distancing guidelines, most movie theaters around the country have been closed since March.

While many plan to reopen by the end of July, going to the movies should still be seen as an unnecessary health risk. Fortunately, there’s a better alternative to the traditional movie-going experience: drive-in movie theaters.

Drive-in movie theaters were once extremely popular. They reached their heyday after World War II, with an estimated 5,000 theaters around the country in the late 1950s and mid-1960s. In 2020, only 306 drive-in theaters remain in operation in the United States.

In response to COVID-19, the film industry has had to adjust its approach to releasing films, and many studios have elected to release new pictures directly on digital platforms like Netflix. However, IMAX, Tribeca Enterprises, and AT&T have recently teamed up to create a summer movie program that will play a selection of new, classic, and independent films at drive-in theaters across the country.

“We’re excited to give people something to look forward to this summer and reinvent a classic movie-going experience for communities to enjoy together safely,” said Robert De Niro, co-founder of Tribeca Enterprises.

Could social distancing lead to the rise of a drive-in renaissance? Certainly, many outdoor gathering places that are currently unused could be converted into drive-in movie theaters. At Wantagh Mazda, our favorite drive-in theaters are the ISH Events’ Drive In & Outdoor Movies in Plainview and the Skyline Drive in NYC, which is perfectly positioned in Brooklyn to offer a lovely Manhattan skyline view while you enjoy your movie.

Wantagh Mazda wishes you and your family a safe and healthy summer. Remember to contact us with all of your vehicular needs.

Long Island Fall Festivals to Celebrate the Season

Fall Festival Concert

Nothing says fall like a festival filled with food, beer, fun and family-friendly activities. Mark your calendars so you and your crew can celebrate the season at these Long Island festivals.

Long Island Fall Beer Festival 2019

Scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 19, from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m., at the Academy Sports Complex in Farmingdale, the Long Island Fall Beer Festival 2019 will feature the culinary creations of local vendors and food truck favorites. Of course, local breweries including Coney Island Brewing Co., Captain Lawrence Brewing Company, Barnshed Brewing. Two Roads Brewing Company and more will have their finest creations available, too. Once you have something to delicious to eat and something refreshing to drink, head over to the Smash Ping Pong Lounge and challenge your friends to a lawn-sized game of bucket pong, Connect Four or Jenga®. Kids are welcome, too, as the festival will debut its new kids zone and a range of craft vendors.

The Oyster Festival

On Oct. 19-20, join approximately 150,000 of your closest friends at the “East Coast’s largest waterfront festival,” The Oyster Festival. Held in Oyster Bay, Long Island, the festival will feature a huge food court, pirate shows, family-friendly activities, a car show and amusement rides.

To make sure you don’t miss out on any of the fall festival fun, schedule a maintenance check at Wantagh Mazda.

Explore the Night Sky This Summer with Elmo and Friends at Big Bird’s Adventure

Families in Long Island have multiple opportunities this spring and summer to catch Big Bird, Elmo, and their visitor from China, Hu Hu Zhu, at the One World, One Sky: Big Bird’s Adventure Daytime Planetarium Show. This educational event takes place at the Vanderbilt Museum, where there’s plenty to see and do, so it’s a perfect family outing for a rainy day or for a hot summer afternoon.

During the One World, One Sky: Big Bird’s Adventure Daytime Planetarium Show, the familiar hosts of Sesame Street will explore the night sky in a way that’s fun and entertaining for younger audiences. During the show, audience members will learn about the moon, the sun, the Big Dipper, and the North Star.

Dates for this planetarium show run from April 19, 2019 to August 31, 2019. Tickets must be purchased in person on the day of the show. Each ticket includes admission to the planetarium, as well as general access to many other portions of the museum, like the Hall of Fishes, the Memorial Wing, the Nursery Wing, and the Habitat & Stoll Wing. The Vanderbilt Museum is open 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the spring, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., so come early and spend some time exploring and learning!

If you need a new vehicle to get to the museum, consider a new Mazda model from Wantagh Mazda.