Outdoor movie nights have been one of Westchester’s favorite summer community events for years. Though the ongoing pandemic has put a bit of a damper on many of the county’s summer happenings, with a little creativity there are still a few great options for local families looking to enjoy some popcorn and the silver screen.
Kensico Dam Plaza
1 Bronx River Parkway Rd, Valhalla
Normally one of the most popular (and crowded) outdoor movie nights in the county, obviously we can’t have hundreds of people laying out picnic blankets on the dam’s lawn this year. Still, the 16 year-old film series found a way to persist through 2020 by harkening back to the Westchester of old: drive-ins! 125 cars will be able to park and enjoy Wonder Park on Friday, August 14. Tickets are $20 per car and only available through this preorder link. Guests may sit in the back of pickups, in chairs against their vehicles, or in their cars, but must wear masks and maintain social distancing when outside or getting up to use the restrooms.
Playland Park Parking Lot
The county has also added additional screenings this year at Playland Park in Rye, since the amusement staple was unable to open this summer due to COVID-19. The 2019 live-action/CGI version of Disney’s Aladdin will screen on Friday, July 31, and the new Robert Downey Jr.-led Dolittle will follow on August 7. Tickets must be purchased in advance online.
Cross County Shopping Center
8000 Mall Walk, Yonkers
Every Wednesday in July, locals will be able to stop by the Cross County Shopping Center on Yonkers for the center’s annual outdoor movie series, now transformed into a drive-in capable of serving 125 cars per night! Weather permitting, film lovers will get to check out 45-foot screenings of classics at dusk each Wednesday, including The Sandlot on July 8, Grease on July 15, Men in Black on July 22, and Jurassic Park on July 29. Tickets are available on the event website for $20 per car and includes coupons for deals at the center’s eateries, like Applebees and TGI Fridays. Food trucks will also be available during the events, but guests must wear masks and maintain social distancing when not in their own vehicles.
Walter Panas High School
300 Croton Ave, Cortlandt Manor
The Town of Cortlandt is putting together an impromptu drive-in in the parking lot of Walter Panas High School (go Panthers!) on July 11 at 8:30 p.m. (of whenever it gets dark enough). The picture to be shown is the recent CGI iteration of The Lion King and tickets are free, though pre-registration is required. A rain date has been scheduled for July 18. Additional movie nights are being tentatively planned for August.
1 Ridge Hill Boulevard, Yonkers
The popular Movie Monday series will return with a a few changes this year, starting July 20 and running through September 7. Films will be screened drive-in style, as opposed to the usual pedestrian sit-down, in the parking lot behind Dick’s Sporting Goods and REI every Monday Monday night. Films will run the gamut from old classics to modern favorites, while on-site eateries like Public Pizza will offer concessions for sale. Tickets will be available for purchase at RidgeHill.com.
Looking for something a little bit more intimate? Back in 2018 Northern Westchester resident Marissa Mitchell and her husband restored a vintage 1973 VW Microbus and turned the interior into one of the most sought-after photo booths on the local wedding/party circuit. When business took a turn during the pandemic shutdown, the Mitchells took “Skye,” as the bus is named, and put her to use as a mobile movie night! Get all the fun of a drive-in with blankets and pillows and snacks, but without the health hazards of 200 other guests crowding you out for the best seat in the house. Contact for availability and private event ricing.