Nostalgia for movies under the stars has brought about a comeback in outdoor cinema, reports The Sag Harbor Express
. Sag Harbor residents wistfully recall memories of visiting local drive-in movie theaters, such as the Whitestone Drive-In, or the Bridgehampton Drive-In. The drive-in theaters have since disappeared, but due to a number of factors, outdoor movies seem to be returning in updated forms.
There's nothing like it you can't beat it, says a Smithtown resident who remembers going to many a drive-in. It was just fabulous. When I was in fourth grade, my parents took us to see вЂPsycho.' They thought we'd sleep, but we were awake and peeking over the backseat. It's stayed with me. I took a shower last night and I thought, вЂI didn't lock the door!'
One reason outdoor movies may be making a comeback is because the equipment and technology has finally caught up with the demand. Drive-in theaters were often characterized by fuzzy screens and scratchy audio squawking through the window. But outdoor movies -drive in 2.0- can now be shown on giant inflatable screens and projected with theatrical-grade equipment. State-of-the-art audio/visual systems can create an outdoor cinema experience that rivals most multi-plex movie theaters. Though many of the outdoor movies these days are screened in parks or downtown areas with blankets and lawn chairs, some people are still organizing real drive-ins, such as the Southampton Chamber of Commerce drive-in movie night at the Elks Grounds on County Road 39 this month ( Madagascar Escape 2 Africa is scheduled for July 23). Audio from the movie can be tuned in on an FM radio, although people are welcome to spread out blankets or chairs instead of staying in their cars.
Silas Marder, in Bridgehampton, also screens movies under the stars. There's a sense of camaraderie, everyone applauded at the end when we showed вЂThe Graduate' last week. he says. There's something about being outside with the moonlight, the garden it's this classic Hamptons experience. People are looking for something real.
Outdoor Movies in the Sag Harbor, New York Area
Movies at Marder's
120 Snake Hollow Road, Bridgehampton, 702-2306
The Adventures of Robin Hood
Jules and Jim
Some Like it Hot
Invasion of the Body Snatchers
The French Connection
Southampton Chamber of Commerce Drive-In Movie
Southampton Elks Ground, 605 County Road 39A, Southampton
Madagascar Escape 2 Africa
Outdoor Movie Night at the Jewish Center of the Hamptons
44 Woods Lane, East Hampton
вЂ80s Classics at the Children's Museum
376 Bridgehampton/Sag Harbor Turnpike, Bridgehampton
Back to the Future
Southampton Town's Movies in The Park
Westhampton Beach Great Lawn -Monday, July 20, 8:30 p.m.
Long Beach, Sag Harbor -August 3, 8:30 p.m.
East Quogue's Village Green -August 17, 8 p.m.
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