Not all ruins are from an ancient time, pre-dating our own lifetimes. Many of us spent carefree nights of youthfulness at Long Island's long gone drive-in movie theaters. I still fondly remember arriving in my pajamas before sunset to enjoy the playground at the Bay Shore drive-in. Knowing two movies were to follow made the experience exciting. Gone are those days, but there are still ruins that exist, as a testament to these wondrous places.
The Rocky Point Drive-In was located on Route 25A. It closed in 1988, becoming a golf driving range. The driving range utilized the marquee from the former drive-in. Though the driving range is closed the marquee still exists.
The Sky-Way Drive-In sat on the edge of Greenport. A cinderblock building that housed the projectors, concession stand, and comfort station still stands. The small building is in the middle of a maze of pine trees and thorn bushes. The drive-in had curved aisles forming a semicircle around the screen, with humps in between to park on. These humps are still there today, as well as the theater's marquee, now used by a church. The last show was in 1975, marking the end of a twenty-five year run.
Long Islanders can still experience the magic of a drive-in, but you have to take a short road-trip off Long Island to do so. This past summer I went to the Delsea Drive-In, located in Vineland, New Jersey. It is about a 3 hour drive from Long Island. I was already in New Jersey on vacation, so it wasn't such a long drive. It was the same experience I remember from my younger years. Vintage advertisements, for the concession stand, were shown during intermission, further adding to my experience. There are closer drive-ins, located just north of the city. They can be found on http://www.newyorkdriveins.com .