A look back at the Sunrise

I just wanted to add a quick note to make sure you get a chance to read Ron Marzlock’s little Queens Chronicle history of the Sunrise “open-air automobile movie theater” in Valley Stream NY, near Queens. There are a lot of fun details and a old-time photo of the first drive-in in New York State and the 15th in the United States.

The Sunrise opened in 1938 and closed in 1978, soon replaced by the Sunrise Multiplex Cinemas. The detail I hadn’t heard of before was that “some teens fell asleep with the engine running and fumes leaking into their cars, killing them.” Yow, I won’t be able to listen to Wake Up Little Susie the same way again! Anyway, I’m not even going to bother with a photo here, you should simply go read it!