The Greenville Drive-In in Greenville, NY is my absolute favorite drive-in theater. It is one of my favorite places. If possible I may have my ashes spread there, as it is a true haven of community, nature, art and culture.
The Greenville Drive-In (GDI) has a special place in so many hearts, both locally and far away. Even after over 50 years of operation, it is over the past five years that the GDI has begun to blossom into something extraordinary.
The GDI has not only the experience of enjoying outdoor cinema, but the local essence throughout its offerings in concessions and in their relaxing Beer Garden. The owners offer a distinct variety of concessions that are delicious, nutritious and unlike any other drive-in, most offerings are locally sourced.
The Projectionist’s Club Beer Garden at the Greenville Drive-In is a considerable draw in and of itself with locally sourced beverages and unique mixed drinks crafted to pair with the feature film. The elixirs served here are second to none, there is simply nothing else as finely and uniquely crafted behind a bar anywhere.
Unlike other drive-in’s, the Greenville Drive-In is actually green, with all grass grounds which make for amazing comfort on summer evenings. The GDI always has outdoor games available for families to play.
I have beautiful happy memories playing badminton with my daughter as the sun set behind the Greenville Drive-In’s absolutely stunning view of the iconic Catskill Mountains. A visit to the Greenville Drive-In is worth just its view of those breathtaking mountains, especially at sunset.
With woods nearby, the mountains and open sky, the GDI is a remarkable spot. I am not ashamed to say that I am often distracted from the film by the moon rising up through the trees or the way the clouds cross the moon-lit sky. To feel a cool summer breeze through the car, on a hot evening and the subtle echo of the nearby speakers.
I love that they feature films from times near and far. I love that as long as there is no threat of lightning or thunder, they will still light up the screen in the rain, my favorite weather. One of my most beloved memories at the Greenville Drive-In was sitting in the rain, at night, (by choice, I love the rain and the night) and watching one of my favorite movies, Jim Henson’s Labyrinth. I could not have possibly had that experience anywhere else. It was remarkable.
Throughout their seasons they host one-of-a-kind events such as their annual season opening party, typewriter festival, ukeule jams etc. and local live music on Saturday evenings on the Projectionist’s Club stage.
The Greenville Drive-In is so fortunate to have such involved owners making it the very best operation it could possibly be. I will continue to forgo summer vacations and spend my summer evenings at the Greenville Drive-in, because it is so much more fulfilling and fun.