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Westbury Drive-in
Status: Demolished
Location: 7000 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury, NY 11590
Screens: 3
Capacity: 1,189 cars (3 screen configuration)
Original owner: Built by Saul Lerner; operated later by Prudential Theatres; operated later by United Artist Theatres.
Opening date: June 23, 1954
Final season: 1998
What's there now: United Artists Theatre 12 at Westbury, BJ's Wholesale.

This page was last updated on March 11, 2010.

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Topo Map from 1992, courtesy of TerraServer USA. Aerial image from 1966, courtesy of HistoricAerials.com. Aerial image from 1994, courtesy of TerraServer USA. Aerial image from 2006, courtesy of Google Earth.
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Aerial close-up image from 2006, courtesy of Google Earth.

Grand opening tonight FULL PAGE ad from Newsday on June 23, 1954, courtesy of the East Meadow Public Library.

Now open article from the Westbury Times on July 8, 1954, courtesy of Jeremy Barnes. Now open article from the New York Times on July 25, 1954.
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Westbury Drive-in aerial image from 1954, courtesy of Boxoffice Magazine. Westbury Drive-in article and marquee picture from the 1954-1955 edition Theatre Catalog, courtesy of James Goble. Westbury Drive-in swing-set picture from the 1954-1955 edition Theatre Catalog, courtesy of James Goble. Westbury Drive-in aerial picture from the 1954-1955 edition Theatre Catalog, courtesy of James Goble.
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Westbury Drive-in snackbar picture from the 1954-1955 edition Theatre Catalog, courtesy of James Goble. Westbury Drive-in snackbar, courtesy of Todd Burken. Westbury Drive-in entrance from 1994, courtesy of Tom McCaffery. Westbury Drive-in entrance, courtesy of Geoffrey Kennedy.
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Westbury Drive-in parking area and screen. Westbury Drive-in projection booth. United Artist Theatre 12 at Westbury is built on the site of the former Westbury Drive-in.  

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This is a great idea for a website; to capture the history and demographics of all Drive-In theatres in New York. Having managed the Westbury Drive-In in the early 80's, I am particularly happy to see the pictures. Looks like it didn't change much until it closed down in favor of an indoor multiplex. So it goes.
#1 - Rick Sadetsky - 01/08/2010 - 10:19
My grandfather, William "Jack" Bard was the projectionist at Westbury for many years--I still recall going with friends and feeling like a big shot because I was allowed inside the projectionist's booth. If anybody has some more photos, please post them...Thanks.

Bob Bard
#2 - Bob Bard - 01/08/2012 - 15:54
Saw "Tron" and "Empire Strikes Back" at the Westbury Drive-In on top of my Mother's boyfriends brown Oldsmobile 88(The car was the size of a boat)

Good memories for the early 1980's.
#3 - Chet Campbell - 06/05/2012 - 23:46
When the Westbury drive-in closed, it was the end of an era for Long Island. We have been left without one ever since, and I feel it should be a worthy cause to bring a drive-in back to the area somehow. Nothing beats the experience of having Hollywood collide with car culture. I had so many memories here in the 80s and 90s and was very sad to see it go. Now if I want to have that experience, I need to drive 60 miles away upstate to the Warwick drive-in. It doesn't seem fair.
#4 - Justin Ippolito - 06/18/2012 - 11:51
I used to frequently go to the Westbury drive in and immensely miss it. The ideal place where somebody could put a drive in today on Long Island is Jones Beach. They could put a screen in the back of field 4 which can hold several thousand cars. The fields are empty at night and would provide a great opportunity to bring back a drive in.
#5 - Alan - 11/15/2013 - 17:03
Great Drive-in, loved this place. During the early eighties, I saw tons of great garbage there, horror films like The Grim Reaper, Zombie, A Stranger is Watching, a lot of the Chuck Norris action pictures. Real good times. I was a projectionist for a while in the 90's and I was supposed to train at that drive-in but I never did, they were aware is was going to be on it's way out and didn't push my going there. I miss the place terribly.
#6 - Keith J. Crocker - 01/13/2014 - 07:38
I lived on a court just off Cantiauge Rock Road. At night though trees i remember i could see part of the screen showing the movie. It was sad that in 1998 the movie theater closed. It was something that i will always associate with my childhood. last movie I saw there was 'Chain Reaction' with my friends. It was a special place. I have known indoor movie theaters to close from time to time but when the drive in closed it was a loss.
#7 - Brhet - 02/03/2015 - 14:13
i worked in the concession stand summer of '62
#8 - Richard - 07/29/2015 - 17:08
Went there a lot in the 90s. Saw Something About Mary, Leprechaun 2, Mission Impossible, Godzilla... They had three screens and we'd drive around and check the other flicks. There were even places where you could park outside and catch views of the screens. It's criminal that we've lost these cultural treasures as well as the fact that Hollywood no longer makes movies worth watching anyways. One day the drive in will return, and we will see these decades as the "dark ages" of American pop culture.
#9 - Bugn ABK - 08/11/2015 - 22:27
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