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Nassau Coliseum pivots to drive-in movies

NYCB LIVE, home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, is launching a series of drive-in movies.

With no events on its indoor schedule because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the coliseum will use part of its sprawling 70-acre parking lot to create a pop-up drive-in movie theater.

The movies will be displayed on a large backlit LED screen outside the coliseum facing Hempstead Turnpike, with audio made available through a partnership with Hofstra radio station WRHU, according to an NYCB LIVE statement.

The drive-in movie series begins with DreamWorks Animation’s “Trolls” on Friday, May 29.

The coliseum will have food trucks in the parking lot to provide guests with food and non-alcoholic beverages to purchase. Mobile bathrooms and multiple sanitizing stations will also be available.

“For the last several weeks we have been speaking with the county to see how we might be able to safely launch a drive-in movie theater, and we were very pleased to receive the green light to move forward,” Nick Vaerewyck, senior vice president of programming and business operations at NYCB LIVE, said in the statement. “We miss hosting world-class sporting events, concerts, and family-friendly programs that bring people together, and this is the safest way to begin to return to entertaining Long Islanders once again.” 

Tickets are $30 per car in advance or $35 at the gate via credit/debit only. To purchase tickets, visit

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