A drive-in theater in Manhattan?

March 18, 2008 9:00:00 PM PDT
Drive-in theaters have been a dying breed. There are only a few left across the country. But now, there's a version in New York, Manhattan, of all places.Eyewitness News reporter Lauren Glassberg is here with more.

Right-- Manhattan, were there's hardly any room to park, and yet there's a drive-in, a small one inside a room that's only about 250 square feet.

"The lower east side is one of those neighborhoods in NY that has all kinds of little surprises," said Ben Smythe.

And Ben Smythe is responsible for one of those surprises. He's turned his Norfolk Street store front into a drive-in.

"We got a car, a screen, popcorn, a tree and trying to add to the original drive in experience," said Smythe.

Well it's certainly a twist on the drive-in.

First of all you don't drive your car to this drive-in. Instead, you slide into a roomy a 1965 Ford Falcon convertible.

The screen is 102 inches and the indoor sky is always starry. So, you don't have to worry about the weather.

For 75 dollars you reserve the entire drive-in. You pick your movie, which you get to keep at the end.

The soundtrack plays over the radio and the pop corn is free.

So go ahead, and test out that old school move, the stretch and grab and channel a bit of nostalgia.

Ben's office, by the way, is tucked behind the screen. He runs a design company called Grand Opening and thought it would be great to offer some grand openings of their own inside the store front.

They first used the space for ping pong but the drive-in option is incredibly popular.

"It's a pretty diverse crowd. We had from investment bankers to lower east side hipsters," said Smythe. "It's always fun to see who's going to come on a particular night."

And parents have been taking their kids to the drive-in-- to show them what going to the movies used to be like. You do have to make reservations for this drive-in.

For more information, go to, www.139norfolk.com


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