Nassau Coliseum launches drive-in movies


NYCB Live announced on May 16 that it would be launching drive-in movie weekends this spring and summer at Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale. The first movie screening will be DreamWorks Animation's Trolls starting on May 29 with multiple show times throughout the weekend.

"For the last several weeks we have been speaking with the county to see how we might be able to safely launch a drive-in movie theater, and we were very pleased to receive the green light to move forward," said Nick Vaerewyck, the senior vice president of programming and business operations at NYCB LIVE. "We miss hosting world-class sporting events, concerts, and family-friendly programs that bring people together, and this is the safest way to begin to return to entertaining Long Islanders once again."

The movies will be displayed on a large backlit LED screen outside the venue facing Hempstead turnpike, with audio made available through a partnership with Hofstra radio station, WRHU.

"The iconic Coliseum, in the heart of Nassau County, is the perfect backdrop for a drive-in," said Nassau County Executive Laura Curran.  "We welcome this fun, new entertainment option for our residents looking for family-friendly activities this summer."

NYCB LIVE will have food trucks available in the parking lot to provide guests with food and non-alcoholic beverage options for purchase, though guests are permitted to bring outside snacks on-site. Mobile bathrooms and multiple sanitizing stations will also be available.

"While we want to make this a fun experience for everyone, we encourage all guests to take proper social distancing measures on-site. All drivers must be wearing a face covering, and anyone who exits their vehicle must comply with wearing a face covering and abiding by social distancing of six-feet from anyone outside of members from your car," Vaerewyck added.

Attendees are encouraged to buy their tickets in advance at Tickets will be $30 per car in advance, or $35 at the gate via credit/debit only. Guests will be permitted on-site an hour ahead of show times, with limited space available per showing. For more information, visit

—Brian Stieglitz


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