Festival of Cinema NYC returns in 2020 in the form of a Drive-In Theatre! As with previous years, attendees can expect to see some of the best unreleased independent films currently on the festival circuit.
HOW WILL IT WORK?
Bring your ticket (either printed or on your phone). Upon arrival our team will check your tickets with a contactless check-in scanner, respecting social distancing guidelines. You will then be directed to the Red Carpet where you will have the opportunity to have your picture taken from the safety of your vehicle. Once your picture is taken, our staff will then lead you to your spot where we’ll wait for the sun to set. Our audio is quality FM stereo sound that is tuned directly through your car’s FM stereo.
HOW MANY PEOPLE ARE ALLOWED IN MY CAR?
All tickets are Standard entries for 1 car with up to 5 passengers per car. You will be asked to confirm the number of passengers during checkout. For optimized viewing we recommend 2 passengers per car as visibility may not be ideal in the back seats of smaller cars.
WHEN ARE THE SCREENINGS AND HOW MUCH ARE TICKETS?
Ticket prices start at $35 per car. Screening times vary by day and by ‘Film Block’ so please check carefully when booking. Check-in will begin 60 minutes before the start of the film.
ARE THERE ANY VEHICLE RESTRICTIONS?
To keep the Drive-In safe and fun for everyone, the following vehicle restrictions apply.
Not permitted are:
Motorcycles or scooters
Convertibles without roof
Cars with trailer attachments
Passenger vans (7+ seats)
Long wheelbase vans
HOW WILL PARKING BE ALLOCATED?
Vehicles will be staggered throughout the lot. For sightline reasons, taller vehicles such as SUVs will be parked towards the rear of the venue so as not to block the views of smaller cars.
ARE ALL SCREENINGS SUITABLE FOR ME/CAN I BRING MY CHILD?
With the exception of our ‘Family Night of Animation – Block 4’, the recommended age for most Film Blocks is 17+. Most of the films being screened are independent films currently on the festival circuit, therefore they do not have MPAA ratings and are not suitable for children. We will indicate on event pages whether or not events are recommended for children. If you have any questions please email firstname.lastname@example.org
WHAT HAPPENS IF I AM LATE?
If you arrive later than 15 minutes after the screening start time (for instance, 7:15 for a 7:00 start), you may miss the mandatory Drive-In safety briefing and may not be allowed to enter.
CAN I USE MY PHONE/CAMERA AT THE DRIVE-IN?
You are allowed to use your phone during the Drive-In experience, however, if you are seen recording the film(s), you will immediately be asked to delete all footage, your device will be confiscated, and only returned to you at the end of the screening.
CAN I BRING AN ANIMAL TO THE DRIVE-IN?
With the exception of ADA required service animals, unfortunately we cannot admit any other animals.
AM I ALLOWED TO SMOKE?
Smoking is not permitted at the Drive-In.
ARE THERE TICKETS AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR?
There will be limited tickets available at the door, but payment will ONLY be accepted through credit card or other contactless methods (via Venmo or Paypal) **CASH WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED**
CAN I ATTEND WITHOUT A CAR?
Unfortunately we cannot accommodate guests without cars at the event due to safety concerns and as per city and state regulations. Should regulations and city guidance change, we hope to move towards socially distanced walk-up events, but until further notice this is not legal or advisable.
IS THE DRIVE-IN SUITABLE FOR GUESTS WITH ACCESS REQUIREMENTS?
There will be ADA accessible spots allocated at each screening. We understand that each guest may have different access requirements and our team will be able to provide further details if you contact them. Please get in touch on info@FestivalofCinemaNYC.com if you have specific questions.
CAN I RESCHEDULE MY TICKET IF I THINK I MIGHT BE SICK?
If you have symptoms, or have been in close contact with a person exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19, we ask that you please stay home for the safety of our staff and other attendees. Please contact us about transferring your ticket to a friend, or rescheduling for a later date.
St. John’s University 8000 Utopia Parkway Queens, NY 11439
WHERE IS FESTIVAL OF CINEMA NYC DRIVE-IN BEING HELD?
Festival of Cinema NYC is situated on the grounds of St. John’s University Queens Campus.
All Festival of Cinema NYC Drive-In attendees will need to enter via the GATE 4 entrance to the St. John’s University Queens Campus on Union Tpke and 175th street. There will be no access from Utopia Parkway. Staff members will direct you to the Drive-In upon arrival.
Directions From Manhattan Take the Queens Midtown Tunnel to the Long Island Expressway, exit at Utopia Parkway. Stay on the service road to Utopia Parkway and turn right. Follow Utopia Parkway to Union turnpike; the campus is on the right.
Directions From Brooklyn Option One Take the Belt Parkway (East) to the Van Wyck Expressway (678 N.), exit at Main Street/Union Turnpike. Proceed to the third traffic light and make a right onto the Grand Central Parkway service road. Go left on Utopia Parkway (at fourth traffic light) and proceed to the campus.
Option Two Take the Jackie Robinson Parkway (East) to the Grand Central Parkway (East); exit at Utopia Parkway, and make a left on to the campus.
Directions From the Bronx Option One Take the Throgs Neck Bridge to the Clearview Expressway. Take exit 2 and make a right onto Union Turnpike. Make a left onto Utopia Parkway; proceed to main gate (1) and make a right onto the campus.
Option Two Take the Triboro Bridge to the Grand Central Parkway. Exit at Utopia Parkway. Turn left at the light and left onto the campus.
Directions From Long Island (North) Option One Take the Northern State Parkway to the Grand Central Parkway, exit at 188th Street. Turn left at the light, and make an immediate right onto the service road. Follow the service road to Utopia Parkway; bear right to campus.
Option Two Take the Long Island Expressway and exit at Utopia Parkway. Make a left on Utopia Parkway and proceed to Union Turnpike. The campus is on the right.
Directions From Long Island (South) Take the Southern State Parkway to the Cross Island Parkway. Proceed to the Grand Central Parkway (West), and exit at 188th Street. Turn left at the light, and make an immediate right onto the service road. Follow the service road to Utopia Parkway and bear right to campus.
Directions From Connecticut (North) Follow I-95 South to the Bruckner Expressway toward the Throgs Neck Bridge. Cross the bridge to the Clearview Expressway. Take exit 2 from the Clearview and make a right onto Union Turnpike. Make a left onto Utopia Parkway; proceed to main gate (1) and make a right onto campus.
Directions From New Jersey Take I-95 North or I-80 East to the George Washington Bridge. Cross the bridge and take the Cross Bronx Expressway to I-295 to the Throgs Neck Bridge. Follow directions above from Bronx (Option One).
No alcoholic beverages are allowed at Festival of Cinema NYC Drive-In. Having an open alcoholic beverage in a vehicle is prohibited in New York State at all times even when a car is parked, and this law applies at the Drive-in as well. Feel free to bring your own non-alcoholic beverages and food.
WILL THE DRIVE-IN TAKE PLACE IN BAD WEATHER?
Events will continue under most weather conditions. The Festival of Cinema NYC Drive-In will utilize a large outdoor screen, and in the event of sustained heavy wind or an imminent heavy storm, we may need to delay a screening until weather conditions pass, or in a worst case scenario, reschedule an event.
In the event of a rescheduling, we will issue a credit to the rescheduled screening and/or a different screening later in the season. If there is a delay during the screening, please keep your radio tuned to the Drive-In radio station and await notification.
WILL MY BATTERY DIE IF I RUN MY STEREO?
Most vehicles will not have a problem. If you are concerned, we recommend turning your car on a few times during the movie. In the rare event your battery dies, we offer a complimentary jump-start that will quickly get you on your way. To prevent a dead battery, avoid using your lights, heating, or air conditioning for the duration of the screening.
HOW WILL I HEAR THE FILM?
Our audio is quality FM stereo sound that is tuned directly through your car’s FM stereo. Turn your key to accessory mode to keep your stereo on. If you don’t have an FM stereo, please bring a portable radio. There will be no amplified sound at the events.
ARE THERE TOILETS?
Portable toilets are available at the Drive-In and operate with social distancing measures. Please only leave your car if you need to use the bathroom, avoid leaving the car in groups, and maintain safe distancing (six feet apart) from one another when in line.
DO I NEED TO WEAR PPE?
All attendees and staff are required to wear a mask during the check-in process, whenever they are not in their vehicle, or whenever communicating with staff, but masks are not required while attendees are in their vehicles. You will also be reminded of the mandatory safety measures via email and on-screen.
CAN I OPEN MY CAR WINDOW(S)?
In the interest of your safety, please only open your car window on the driver side of the car when needed. If you would like to get hold of a member of our team in a non-emergency, please use your hazard or indicator lights to attract their attention.
FESTIVAL OF CINEMA NYC DRIVE-IN LIABILITY STATEMENT
The Festival of Cinema, Inc. takes COVID-19 and the guidance of the World Health Organization seriously, and we ask that ticket-holders do as well.
The novel coronavirus, COVID-19 (including without limitation, any successor strains of novel coronavirus) (hereinafter referred to as “COVID-19”), has been declared a worldwide pandemic by the World Health Organization (“WHO”). COVID-19 is extremely contagious and is believed to spread mainly from person-to-person contact. As a result, federal, state, and local governments and federal and state health agencies recommend social distancing and have, in many locations, prohibited the congregation of groups of people. You represent and warrant that you have familiarized yourself with the most recent guidance and protocols issued by the WHO and the Centers for Disease Control Prevention (“CDC”) for slowing the transmission of COVID-19 and agree to comply therewith. You further represent and warrant that you have not: (i) traveled to a highly-impacted area subject to CDC Level 3 Travel Health Notice within the last fourteen (14) days, (ii) been exposed to any person returning from a highly impacted area subject to a CDC Level 3 Travel Health Notice within the last 14 days, or (iii) been exposed to any person who has a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19. Finally, you agree to abide by any and all rules and COVID-19 protocols set forth by Festival of Cinema, Inc.
Notwithstanding any protocols put in place for the event, Festival of Cinema, Inc. cannot guarantee that you, and/or any of your family members or other individuals with which you are in contact will not become infected with COVID-19. Further, attending this event could increase your risk and/or your family members’ risk of contracting COVID-19. By completing your ticket purchase, you acknowledge the contagious nature of COVID-19 and voluntarily assume the risk that you and/or your family members with which you are in contact with may be exposed to or infected by COVID-19 by attending the event and that such exposure or infection may result in personal injury, illness, permanent disability, and/or death. You understand that the risk of becoming exposed to or infected by COVID-19 while attending the event may result from the actions, omissions, or negligence of yourself or others, including, but not limited to, Festival of Cinema, Inc. and its employees and/or contractors. You voluntarily agree to assume all of the foregoing risks and accept sole responsibility for any injury to yourself and/or any of your family members (including, but not limited to, personal injury, disability, and/or death), illness, damage, loss, claim, liability, or expense, of any kind, that you and/or any of your family members may experience or incur in connection with your attendance at the event (collectively, “Claims”). On behalf of yourself, and on behalf of your family members, you hereby release, covenant not to sue, discharge, and hold harmless Festival of Cinema, Inc. & their employees, agents, parents, subsidiaries, assigns, contractors, sponsors and representatives, of and from any and all Claims, including all liabilities, claims, actions, damages, costs or expenses of any kind arising out of or relating thereto. You understand and agree that this release includes any Claims based on the actions, omissions, or negligence of Festival of Cinema, Inc. their employees, agents, parents, subsidiaries, assigns, contractors, sponsors and representatives, whether a COVID-19 infection occurs before, during, or after the event.
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