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Drive-In Movies Back at Smith Haven Mall

Long Island event producer Starfish Junction today announced the latest lineup in their summer-long pop-up drive-in movie series for the August 13th – August 16th weekend at the Smith Haven Mall in Lake Grove, NY. The upcoming schedule focuses on family-friendly films and mega-hit blockbuster movies that will make for a fun summer night. Information on the schedule, safety guidelines, show times and ticket availability, is available at

MOVIE LOT, a pop-up drive-in movie experience, has entertained nearly 4,000 cars since it launched in May. The much-anticipated list for the next round of movies, shown on the giant 52-foot screen erected in the parking lot of the Smith Haven Mall, includes:

• 8/13: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (8:45pm)
• 8/14: Footloose (8:45pm)
• 8/15: Frozen (8:45pm)
• 8/16: Batman (8:45pm)

“This line-up could be our very best yet. It offers something for everyone, for kids and kids at heart,” said Lauren Powers, Senior Director at Starfish Junction. “Sing along, tap your feet, or wear a cape. These movies have such a loyal audience, I think we’re looking at four sell-outs due to the popularity of these films. It’s going to be a great fun-filled weekend.”

Lake Grove was among the first Long Island towns to offer post-quarantine entertainment for local residents. With sold-out showings, MOVIE LOT confirmed that Long Islanders are ready for a fun and safe way to embrace summer recreation as shelter-in-place restrictions loosen.

While drive-in theaters are staging a comeback across the country, Starfish Junction is positioning itself as one of the leaders here on Long Island. Future showings will include movies perfect for date nights, family fun nights, girl’s night out, sing-alongs, and classic films. There are a limited number of tickets available for each showing. Tickets are on sale now ($40 per carload) and must be purchased online in advance at the MOVIE LOT website to adhere to the promise of contactless processing.

Ticketholders are permitted to bring their own food and snacks to enjoy during the show. Attendees may also consider Smith Haven Mall restaurants for curbside pick up before filing into the lot for the movie. Portable restrooms will be available for use. The Smith Haven Mall is located in Lake Grove, NY. The showings will take place rain or shine, all ticket sales are final. Tickets and info at

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