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TEENAGE WASTELAND: Double Feature at the Empire Drive-in!

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Hey you fkn' filthy Grinders. Don't be douschbags! Come out to this killer event at the new Empire Drive-In in Queens. Seriously, you won't wanna miss this...

Teenage Wasteland: Double Feature
Programmed by Todd Chandler and Jeff Stark
Over the Edge and Suburbia with RVIVR

The American drive-in peaked in popularity in the 1950s, around the time teenagers were invented. Soon after, preachers and moralists rallied against both, declaring the supposedly family friendly drive-ins had devolved into irredeemable “Passion Pits.” Tonight’s double feature picks up in the late 1970s and early 1980s — the high era of teenage degenerates. The disaffected kids in Over the Edge riot against teachers, parents, and the local cops with Cheap Trick and Van Halen playing in the background. A few years later the young punks in Penelope Spheeris’ Suburbia wage war with nihilism and contempt to The Vandals and The Germs.

With a live set in between the movies by Olympia punk rock band RVIVR, who encourage and challenge that proud tradition of rebellion.


Empire Drive-In invites audiences to participate. We ask audiences to create their own space within the drive-in, to explore different cars, climb on top of them, look for artifacts in glove boxes, or walk from car to car and notice how the sound changes. We also work with local groups and collaborators to build the project and program the theater with live events. Artists have designed posters, musicians have played music with their films, and some couples have climbed into back seats when the movie was no longer more interesting than the person sitting next to them.

Experience another kind of drive-in movie theater. Climb in and out of 60 cars reclaimed from a New York junkyard as you watch a live show or film projected on a big screen.

Empire Drive-In ( is a large-scale multimedia installation and outdoor theater made of reclaimed and recycled materials. It features a 40-foot screen, a concession stand, and seating in cars sourced from a Brooklyn junkyard, with low-power radio sound in each vehicle.

New York Hall of Science presents the New York debut of Empire Drive-In in collaboration with artists Todd Chandler and Jeff Stark, who will construct the massive installation in NYSCI’s parking lot with a team of collaborating artists. The finished drive-in will act as a vehicle for community engagement that reflects on car culture, technological obsolescence, creative reuse, and sensory-based nostalgia.

Chandler and Stark teamed up with several community and cultural organizations to program for the three-week run. Partners include the Queens Museum, Rooftop Films, Museum of the Moving Image, Light Industry, Flux Factory, Transportation Alternatives, and Build It Green.

Seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Audience members are invited to sit inside or on top of any of the 60 different cars and trucks that make up the installation, or bring lawn chairs or blankets from home to make their viewing experience more comfortable.

Installation is open daily from 10am to 5pm and 10am to 2pm on days of shows. Daily programming features a sound broadcast about cars and manufacturing curated by Ann Heppermann transmitted to cars by low-power FM. All nightly programs begin with a slideshow of late industrial images by photographer Stephen Mallon.

Empire Drive-In shows are held rain or shine, however, extreme weather may result in cancellation. In the event of extreme weather, check NYSCI’s Facebook page, Twitter feed, or website after 4 p.m. on day of show for up to date information regarding cancellations. Refunds administered via Eventbrite.

Empire Drive-In ( is a junk car drive-in, upcycling wrecked cars rescued from junkyards and repurposing them as seats for audience members to climb into, and onto, while watching films projected on a 40-foot screen made of salvaged wood.

The masterminds behind the project—which will be held outside the New York Hall of Science ( in Corona Park, Queens, starting October 4th and running though the 20th—are Jeff Stark ( (whose name seems to be associated with many an interesting NYC event) and Todd Chandler ( The two Brooklyn-based artists have previously created other Empire Drive-Ins, most recently last year at the Abandon Normal Devices Festival ( in Manchester, UK. Stark and Chandler, along with a team of other artists and craftspeople have set out, in this age of consumerism, to create a sense of possibility by focusing on re-use, designing something new and special while salvaging and repurposing waste. In cleaning up the cars, which will have stereo audio transmitted via radio directly to each car, the crew found all kinds of interesting personal artifacts from car deodorizers to letters, which they have chosen to keep in the cars to “create a story”.