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Start:
October 4, 2013
End:
October 20, 2013
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New York Hall of Science
Phone:
718-699-0005
47-01 111th St Corona, NY 11368 United States
Website:
nysci.org

October 4, 2013 - October 20, 2013

Experience another kind of drive-in movie theater. Climb in and out of 60 cars reclaimed from a New York junkyard as you watch a live show or film projected on a big screen.

Empire Drive-In is a large-scale multimedia installation and outdoor theater made of reclaimed and recycled materials. It features a 40-foot screen, a concession stand, and seating in cars sourced from a Brooklyn junkyard, with low-power radio sound in each vehicle.

New York Hall of Science presents the New York debut of Empire Drive-In in collaboration with artists Todd Chandler and Jeff Stark, who will construct the massive installation in NYSCI’s parking lot with a team of collaborating artists. The finished drive-in will act as a vehicle for community engagement that reflects on car culture, technological obsolescence, creative reuse, and sensory-based nostalgia.

Chandler and Stark teamed up with several community and cultural organizations to program for the three-week run. Partners include the Queens Museum, Rooftop Films, Museum of the Moving Image, Light Industry, Flux Factory, Transportation Alternatives, and Build It Green.

Seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Audience members are invited to sit inside or on top of any of the 60 different cars and trucks that make up the installation, or bring lawn chairs or blankets from home to make their viewing experience more comfortable.

Installation is open daily from 10am to 5pm and 10am to 2pm on days of shows. Daily programming features a sound broadcast about cars and manufacturing curated by Ann Heppermann transmitted to cars by low-power FM. All nightly programs begin with a slideshow of late industrial images by photographer Stephen Mallon.

Empire Drive-In shows are held rain or shine, however, extreme weather may result in cancellation. In the event of extreme weather, check NYSCI’s Facebook page, Twitter feed, or website after 4 p.m. on day of show for up to date information regarding cancellations. Refunds administered via Eventbrite.

The Empire Drive-In show schedule includes:

The End of the Road: Cars and Other Junk with Greg Saunier’s Casio Orchestra – Friday, October 4; 7 – 11 pm
Bollywood Bash – Saturday, October 5; 7 – 11 pm
A Samuel Z. Arkoff Double Feature – Sunday, October 6; 7 – 10 pm
Animation Flip Out – Thursday, October 10; 6 – 9 pm
The Space Between: Public, Private, Borders, Edges – Friday, October 11; 7 – 11 pm
Teenage Wasteland: Double Feature – Saturday, October 12; 7 – 11 pm
Our Century – Sunday, October 13; 7 – 11 pm
Youth Media Night: New Films and Filmmakers – Wednesday, October 16; 6 – 9 pm
Galactic Drive-In – Thursday, October 17; 7 – 10 pm
A Night at the Races – Friday, October 18; 8 – 11 pm
Silents and Noise: Handmade Films with Live Scores – Saturday, October 19; 7 – 11 pm
American Made: Cars, Trucks and Working Machines – Sunday, October 20; 7 – 10 pm



36 Comments

  • Anthony

    Sep 30, 2013 - Reply

    Empire Drive-In Show: How long is the movie? 1 hour? Do all the shows start at 7 PM?

    • RC

      Oct 1, 2013 - Reply

      Hi Anthony, please click each event to view their start times, we don’t have schedules for each of these screenings as yet, they all vary.

  • leslie

    Sep 30, 2013 - Reply

    There is no way to purchase tickets at member prices on eventbrite.

    • RC

      Oct 1, 2013 - Reply

      Hi Leslie, please email membership@nysci.org or call 718-699-0005 ext350 to get the promotion code. You then add this to the eventbrite option before purchasing tickets.

      • Danny

        Oct 3, 2013 - Reply

        How much is the discount to members?

        • RC

          Oct 3, 2013 - Reply

          It’s $5. If you’re already a member you can can get the promo code to add in Eventbrite from the recent membership eblast, or call our Membership department 718-699-0005 x350 / membership@nysci.org

  • Andrew

    Oct 2, 2013 - Reply

    Is this an open exhibit? Will we be admitted if we are not there by the start time?

    • RC

      Oct 2, 2013 - Reply

      Yes. On days without a show, it’s open between 10am and 5pm, on the night of a show the exhibition is open from 10am – 2pm. Doors open an hour before the show. The exhibit is free with NYSCI admission.

      • Andrew

        Oct 3, 2013 - Reply

        What if we have purchased tickets already and may not make it in time for the opening? Will we be allowed in in after the show has opened?

        • RC

          Oct 4, 2013 - Reply

          Of course!

  • sarah

    Oct 2, 2013 - Reply

    Is the October 13th “Spaceship Earth: Visions, Forecasts and the Future That Never Was” sold out?

    • RC

      Oct 3, 2013 - Reply

      We had a cancellation of the performers, so we had to stop sales on this event temporarily. We should have sales for this event up and running by the end of the week when we have confirmed the new performances. Sorry for the inconvenience.

  • Helen

    Oct 2, 2013 - Reply

    What is the target age group? Any/Which of this is suitable for kids 5-9yr old?

    • RC

      Oct 3, 2013 - Reply

      I would recommend Animation Flip Out, Thursday, October 10; 6 – 9 pm; and Youth Media Night: New Films and Filmmakers – Wednesday, October 16; 6 – 9 pm.

  • steve

    Oct 3, 2013 - Reply

    Hello. Are outside food and drinks allowed?

    • RC

      Oct 4, 2013 - Reply

      Yes. You are allowed to bring your own snacks.

  • Jenny

    Oct 5, 2013 - Reply

    We would like to drive there and then watch it in your cool cars. Is there some place to park our car?

    • RC

      Oct 6, 2013 - Reply

      Yes. $10 to park in the regular NYSCI car park.

  • Jennifer Marlborough

    Oct 6, 2013 - Reply

    We are driving to the site and then watching the movie in your cars. Is there parking for our car somewhere close?

    • RC

      Oct 6, 2013 - Reply

      $10 parking in NYSCI’s visitor car park.

  • jenna

    Oct 6, 2013 - Reply

    Do we have to print tickets ? Or is it okay to use the Eventbrite app ?

    • RC

      Oct 6, 2013 - Reply

      It’s ok to use the eventbrite app.at the door.

  • Elk

    Oct 7, 2013 - Reply

    Is it ok to bring a dog?

    • RC

      Oct 7, 2013 - Reply

      Only Comfort and Service dogs are allowed.

  • Sandy

    Oct 9, 2013 - Reply

    Are you open on Columbus Day

    • RC

      Oct 10, 2013 - Reply

      Yes we are. 9:30am – 5pm. And our Empire Drive-In exhibit is also open.

  • leslie

    Oct 10, 2013 - Reply

    I purchased tickets to tonights show and just received an email saying my purchase has been refunded. What happened? is tonights show cancelled?

  • Mac

    Oct 14, 2013 - Reply

    Are buying admission tickets online the only way to purchase tickets?

    • RC

      Oct 15, 2013 - Reply

      No, you can purchase at the door on the night or in advance at NYSCI admissions.

  • Meredith

    Oct 17, 2013 - Reply

    This installation is so brilliantly eerie – it should definitely be kept open longer & show scary movies for Halloween week! Old B Horror movies would be so appropriately experienced here!

  • Agnes Califano

    Oct 18, 2013 - Reply

    Hi! I am interested in the Saturday night movie, to get admission do i have to pay the general fee of 11 dollars or so i pay an additional fee to see the movie and pay the general fee?

    • RC

      Oct 18, 2013 - Reply

      Doors open at 6pm for the film, so there’s no NYSCI general admission fee, just the ticket fee for the film/performance. If you come during the day to see the exhibit, Empire Drive-In is free with NYSCI’s general admission. I hope this makes it a little clearer!

  • Sara

    Oct 18, 2013 - Reply

    Hi there! Are people allowed to bring food into the movie screenings? Thanks!

    • RC

      Oct 18, 2013 - Reply

      You’re allowed to bring snacks.

  • Andrew Poretz

    Oct 19, 2013 - Reply

    I biked to watch “Breaking Away” tonight. This was wonderful! It really brought me back to growing up and going to the local drive in. Any chance it can happen again next year?

  • Stacey

    Oct 19, 2013 - Reply

    LOVED THIS!
    Went to Breaking Away night (one of my favorite childhood movies!) with my 11 year old and husband and had a great time!
    Next time, maybe have the animation or space themed movies – on a non-school night…..
    Thanks again -
    please have Empire Drive In back

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