|Address:||5 Warwick Turnpike, Warwick, NY 10990, USA|
This place is my first and my only drive-in theatre experience. I love coming here. They have a double feature, which means two movies for just 10 bucks!! They started to accept credit cards recently. They show a lot of new releases so if youre nearby, I think this is a good deal. I come from New Jersey, and its a scenic drive to this place. Besides, car seats are more comfy than AMC theatre seats! If you have an SUV or a truck, you can just camp at the back and enjoy! You can even put chairs or lawn-mats out and watch from outside. If youre in the car, you just need to tune into the FM frequency for the audio. But they also play it out on the lawn. They have 3 screens. Their concession stand is pretty decent (I usually get fries and ice cream from there). Its good to support them by getting something from the concession stand, but youre also free to bring in your own food. Remember once you get in you cant get out and re-enter. So make sure you have everything you need before you buy the tickets. This place is great for families with kids, no need to worry about them crying or screaming inside a closed theatre, they can play around to wear out their sugar highs. Theres also a park slide at screen 2. Pets are welcome too. All screens are in full view no matter where you are. So you are able to peek at the other screens too, which can lead to some awkward experiences. The one awkward and funny experience was when one of the screens was going to show the kid friendly PG movies. The families were waiting for the movie to start on that screen. But the other screen started playing their shows first, so naturally all eyes went to that screen. It was Amy Schumers Trainwreck, (R rated) and as you can expect the first scene is a steamy sex scene. Parents were horrified and young kids either watched with gaping mouths (and adults too), and some kids were embarassed or grossed out to see that with their parents... ewwww. I just found that to be hilarious, and I was so glad it was datenight for me. Youve been forewarned. :)
The Movie itself was the redeeming quality of the experience. Ive gone to Drive-Ins for the past year in Pennsylvania and New York and this is the worst one I have been to yet. The space is good as far as viewing. However the unlevel ground created an safe entry and exit for any car that was not a truck. The food was average prices but quality was on-par with a hot dog stand in New York City. My biggest issue was the staff. Didnt give client enough time to pick up their food after purchasing before talking over them calling forward the next person. Then after the movie concluded my wife and I had to feed our 5 month old son and get him in his car seat for the hour drive ahead. While feeding him another car came up besides ours and started flashing us to move. After telling him to go around he said he couldnt because his car would bottom-out. So we told him we were feeding our son and will move once hes in his car seat. He understood and turned off his headlights. A staff member then comes up on a golf cart telling me to move before I can tell him Im putting my child into a car seat over the screaming he can clearly hear. He finally listens and I pull forward to let the car pass. My wife then unstraps our son and goes back to feeding him and trying to calm him down. Then a few minutes later the same cart with the last and now another employee pull up our car telling us we have to go. The movie has been over maybe 7 minutes. My son was actually done and getting put back into the car seat and of course is screaming. The employee starts lecturing me about how he cant go until every car leaves and I (not the other dozen cars idling) am holding him up. Again 5 month old child with inner car light on visibly being strapped into car seat. I tell him once my son is safely strapped in I will be leaving but not before that. This full grown man then rolls his eyes and says "okay" like a preteen being told to do their homework. My wife and I agreed by the time the car made it to the entrance that coming here was a mistake.
There are not many drive in theaters left, but it so happens one of the best ones is still around. I have been going to the Warwick Drive In since I was a kid in the early 1980s. If you dont pay attention it would seem not much has changed. Its the same field with tier car parking. The same food snack shed with all the same movie food goodies you remember as a kid. You even get the same hot dog and bun trailer beckoning you to buy popcorn and candy just like you remember from the days of yesterday right before the movie begins. There are modern amenities though. First off they offer free WiFi access. The movie cameras are all digital and the screen have been redone. Clarity is excellent. Sound now comes in through FM radio and depending on your car stereo can easily match most movie theater audio. The staff is friendly and they handle the large crowds well. The venue is very kid friendly and for those with younger children it is a welcome place to watch a movie without having to worry about kids being kids. Movie prices are very reasonable as are the snack prices.
After paying at the ticket booth, youre given directions to the screen (there are three) where your movie is playing. No other information is given to you but you are handed a pamphlet. So, while we got there before sundown and could see the sign saying no suvs, vans, or trucks in the first few rows, most people could not see the sign. It would have been intelligent for the ticket booth to explain that, or at least have someone trim the bushes in front of the single sign and paint a few more. We spent the hour before the movie watching suv after suv pull into front row spots, set up, and then be told they had to move back a few rows. People were still setting up minutes before the movie started. I get that the bathroom is from the 50s and its drive-in theater quality, but a lawn sprayer with clorox would go a long way to helping with the urine stench. We were one of the first cars to park, and most certainly the first to use the bathroom, so Im guessing its cleaned seasonally.
One of the last drive ins around. I travel regularly from out of state to see the movies at Warwick (OK I dont live too far from the border..) Its a great night out for a relatively inexpensive price. You get 2 movies for less than the price of one at my local theaters. Staff is great and always willing to give you a jump at the end of the night if you didnt turn your lights off right :) Its my "go to" weekend recreation from spring to fall. All in all - GO. You wont be disappointed with the experience...and its one that is rapidly dying out in the US. (sad fact - there are no more drive ins in the state of NJ) Treasure it while you can. Bring the kids. One of my earliest memories was being bundled up in my PJs and going to the drive ins with my parents. Disney played first followed by Rocky for the adults. Create some lasting memories :)