A new kind of drive in movie theatre comes to NYSCI in October. Visitors can climb in and out of 60 cars reclaimed from a Brooklyn junkyard as they watch live shows and films 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 movie screen, a concession stand, and seating in cars sourced from a Brooklyn junkyard, with low-power radio sound in each vehicle. Empire Drive in makes it’s New York debut 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. Chandler and Stark teamed up with several community and cultural organizations such as the Queens Museum, Rooftop Films, Museum of the Moving Image, Light Industry, Flux Factory, Transportation Alternatives, and Build It Green to exhibit this thrilling three week exhibition.
Seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis so buying tickets in advance online is a good idea. 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.
Empire Drive-In opens on October 4th and continues through October 20th and the full program of events can be found on the NYSCI event page.