New York City is no stranger to a summertime park screening, but a drive-in steeped in past movie-going iconography is certainly no easy find and the “Empire Drive-in” junk car installation might just be the place to find it.
The Queens drive-in, featuring a 40-foot screen constructed using salvaged wood, will invite attendees to sit in 60 cars and participate in a discussion about car culture, planned obsolescence and waste in addition to watching a variety of long and short form movies.The Empire Drive-In was designed by artists Todd Chandler and Jeff Stark not just to reproduce the drive-in car-culture feel of past decades but more importantly to ignite discussion over planned obsolescence and waste.
The “Empire Drive-In” is set to run on weekends from October 4-20 at the New York Hall of Science in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park and will screen a variety of thematically-relevant films. The October 4 kickoff is set to open with the 1920 short comedy “One Week” starring Buster Keaton, in addition to Charlie Chaplin’s “One A.M,” “Kid Speed” starring Oliver Hardy and Jim Jarmusch’s “Night On Earth.” Silent movies will include a live soundtrack of 30 Casio keyboardists led by Greg Saunier of the band Deerhoof.
Tickets for Empire Drive-In range from $5-$20, for more check out the full schedule here.