Shirley Drive-In

999 Montauk Highway,
Shirley, NY 11967

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Previously operated by: Associated Prudential Theaters Inc., United Artists Theater Circuit Inc.

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Shirley Drive-In

The Shirley Drive-In opened on July 1, 1953 with Joel McCrea in “The Lone Hand” & Kathryn Grayson in “The Desert Song”. It was operated by United Artists and then by Associated Prudential Theatres. It was the last drive-in in Suffolk.

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Recent comments (view all 22 comments)

AWF on November 20, 2006 at 12:49 pm

To answer your question OX, here’s a link to a great site with tons of info about the Mastic-Shirley area and excellent photos of the drive-in back in the day. Seems that it was some kind of horse ranch in the 40s-50s!

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jpark377 on March 31, 2007 at 5:31 pm

Robert R-
The intro needs some minor amending. The last drive-in operating in Suffolk was the Bay Shore Sunrise Twin Drive-In (closed in 1990, with the Bay Shore Cinema). In Nassau, I’m glad the Westbury Drive-In held on as long as it did (closing 1998), but it would have been nice if it never closed. The kids of today have no idea what a drive-in movie theater is. A real shame.

NYozoner on January 5, 2008 at 2:56 pm

The link above is no longer working. Can anyone repost this picture, or email me a copy of the pic to


Bway on April 19, 2009 at 11:50 am

Here’s an aeiral image of the old drive in. The screen would have been at top, where the Stop N Shop is now:

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Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on January 28, 2011 at 7:27 pm

It parked 800 cars and in the Late Fifties it was a Associated Prudential theatre.

robboehm on February 5, 2014 at 5:37 pm

Contrary to the 9/12/2008 posting the actual opening date of the Drive-In was July 1, 1953. I just came upon an ad which I’ll scan and put in the photos area.

robboehm on March 21, 2015 at 2:09 pm

July 1, 1953 opening ad from Patchogue Advance of June 25th added.

davidcoppock on April 13, 2019 at 5:59 am

Opened with “The lone hand"and "Desert song”.

davidcoppock on October 4, 2020 at 2:01 am

The site is now Southport Shopping Center.

rivest266 on October 21, 2020 at 4:34 pm

Another grand opening ad posted.

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