This summer, we finally bid farewell to the Fair Oaks Drive-In in Middletown, which had been entertaining audiences since the 1960s. But don’t worry: The drive-in culture is still thriving here in the Hudson Valley with six other theaters packing them in.
Ed. note: Despite telling us that they would not reopen this year, Fair Oaks is, indeed, back in business!
Fair Oaks Drive-In Middletown
Don’t miss the well-stocked snack bar offering hamburgers, popcorn chicken, and sausage and peppers. $9 adults; $6 children under 11. 845-361-5774; www.fairoaksdrive-in.com
Four Brothers Drive-In Amenia
This theater, with a 56-foot wide screen, is the newest drive-in in New York State. Working in conjunction with the popular Four Brothers restaurant chain, you can have full meals delivered right to your car. Or check out a pre-movie show or opt to have your windshield washed. This year, you can also take home some Four Brothers merchandise, including T-shirts and cups. $8, children under 10 free. 845-373-8178; www.ameniadrivein.com
Hi-Way Drive-In Coxsackie
Aptly known as the “cinema under the stars,” this Coxsackie theater offers four big screens showing double features every night. $9, $5 children under 12. 518-731-8672; www.hiwaydrivein.com
Hollywood Drive-In Averill Park
This drive-in, which can accommodate up to 400 cars, enters its 63rd year of showing contemporary films. Enjoy movies on its 88-foot-wide screen and chow down on freshly made pizza at its newly renovated concession building. Free passes are given out randomly, so keep an eye out for them in your popcorn. New this year are collectable popcorn tubs and Kids Snack Pack Combos. $9, $5 children 5-10. 518-283-4425; www.hollywooddrivein.com
Hyde Park Drive-In Hyde Park
Open since 1949, this popular outdoor theater consistently meets its 670-car capacity. Arrive early and have some pre-movie fun by playing soccer or Frisbee beneath the screen. $9 ($6 on Sunday bargain nights), $6 children 5-11. 845-229-4738; www.hydeparkdrivein.com
Overlook Drive-In Poughkeepsie
Experience the movies on a screen as tall as a six-story building; it’s the largest in the tri-state area. Stop by the snack shack for the foot-long hot dogs, delicious funnel cakes, and novelty ice creams. $9, $6 children 5-11. 845-452-3445; www.overlookdrivein.com
Warwick Drive-In Warwick
Featuring three different screens, this theater shows six different films seven nights a week. The snack bar serves up lots of homemade grub, as well as ice cream and other treats. $10, $7 seniors & children 4-11. 845-986-4440; www.warwickdrivein.com