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Long Island Pop-Up DRIVE-IN SUMMER MOVIE SERIES Returns 6/27

LAKE GROVE, NY.  June 17, 2020 — Long Island event producer  Starfish Junction just announced the latest lineup in their summer-long pop-up drive-in movie series for June 27th - June 29th at the Smith Haven Mall in Lake Grove, NY.  The current offerings focus on family-friendly films and also includes a special event fundraiser for  Bideawee.  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 2,000 cars since it launched last month.  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, has just been released and highlights family friendly movies, including: Toy Story 4 (6/27), Sonic the Hedgehog (6/28) and The Secret Life of Pets 2 (6/29).  The June 29th showing of The Secret Life of Pets 2 is a special fundraiser for  Bideawee, the leading no-kill pet welfare organization supporting the life-long relationships between pets and the people who love them.  $10 from each ticket purchased for The Secret Life of Pets 2 will be donated back to Bideawee  to help them continue their local efforts.  Also on the weekend’s schedule, midnight showings of the always entertaining, 1974 comedy classic, Young Frankenstein (6/27) and Marvel’s intergalactic blockbuster, Guardians of the Galaxy (6/29).

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 were ready for a fun and safe way to embrace summer recreation as shelter-in-place restrictions loosened.    

“We continue to be amazed at the reaction of the attendees, many have shared their heartfelt stories of attending drive-in movies with their parents when they were young and are excited to bring their own kids to this re-creation of days gone by,” said Lauren Powers, Senior Director at  Starfish Junction.  “Even the drive-in newbies coming out for the midnight movies are finding the experience unique and entertaining, proving what we thought when we launched the MOVIE LOT series, people are looking for some fun things to do while remaining safe during these crazy times.”

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/$50 per carload for the Bideawee fundraiser on 6/29) 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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