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Long Island Pop-Up DRIVE-IN SUMMER MOVIE SERIES Returns 6/11

LAKE GROVE, NY.  June 8, 2020 — Long Island event producer Starfish Junction extends their partnership agreement with Simon Malls to continue the summer drive-in movies series after a successful launch last month. MOVIE LOT, a pop-up drive-in movie experience, entertained over 1,000 cars during the kick-off weekend which showcased four blockbuster movies. 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. Another sell-out series is expected. Information on the schedule, safety guidelines, show times and ticket availability, go to

Lake Grove was among the first Long Island towns to offer post-quarantine entertainment for local residents. With four 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.   

The MOVIE LOT summer season continues starting Thursday, June 11th with the showing of the mega-blockbuster Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.  The weekend also includes family favorites including The Goonies (6/12) and Grease (6/13); plus a late night showing of the fright night feature, The Ring (6/13). The rest of the summer lineup will be announced soon and 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. 

“We were thrilled at the response that we received for the very first weekend.  All shows were sold out in advance proving exactly what we thought, people were looking for something to do that was safe and fun,” said Lauren Powers, Senior Director at  Starfish Junction. “It was the first time in a long time we saw people smiling. It was an encouraging sign for things to come.” 

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.  “We expect another sold out weekend June 11-13 and have received countless inquiries from businesses, community groups, and clubs wishing to host movie nights for the clients and members they serve,” added Powers. 

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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