We are at Bel Aire Diner.
Bel Aire Diner has been in business for about 60 years.
Im born and raised in Astoria, same block and everything.
Astoria is just a cute little community.
I went to high school in Astoria.
I went to middle school in Astoria.
I worked here a couple of years ago.
I came back and were all talking.
And they were talking about the drive-in and how exciting it was to plan it.
And then we all came together.
Were really happy that so many people are excited about the event.
It sold out yesterday in two minutes.
I wish I could fit a thousand people in the parking lot.
I wish I could fit everybody in there, but were very grateful for it.
When I saw the drive-in, I thought it was a great idea.
It was a good use of the space that they have here,
since theres a parking lot here,to get people to be socially distant but still get to enjoy,
like, use their food and do something a little bit more fun than what weve been able to do.
Hi guys.Can I just see the reservation?
Mary, Mary Chun,I got you right here.
Enjoy the movie.Okay. Thank you.
Astoria is a really wonderful neighborhood.
Ive lived here for almost 10 years.
Theres a lot of different types of people here which what I like about it and why I stay here.
I was born and raised abroad,so Ive never been in a drive-in.
This is my first time and very excited.
Were very excited.
Our first movie helped first responders.
With every popcorn sold, we had a meal for first responders.
Our second movie was for our local precinct which is the 114 Precinct which is on Astoria Boulevard.
Basically, were just doing family-friendly, feel-good movies.
I heard about it from my girlfriend.
She was really excited to go to it because she had never been to a drive-in movie before.
Its a new experience.
Its not something I havent heard of happening since the 80s.
And I mostly came just for the experience of going to a drive-in.
Getting a drive-in movie is not something you expect to have in New York City,
so its kind of nice to have like something that feels very old-fashioned and American.
When my wife and I were dating years ago, they used to have drive-ins.
Theyve since then closed them all up and they had some in Long Island, upstate, Westchester.
And we used to go to them often.
And, you know, were at a diner.
Were in a drive-in theater.
Were going to have some burgers, I think.
And were watching a movie about baseball.
So, its the quintessential kind of American, you know, evening tonight.
All credit to the Bel Aire Diner.
One of my favorite movies like, is Ferris Buellers Day Off.
I mean, hopefully in the future, we have a drive-in of that because its like a classic.
I feel like everyone can enjoy that.
Well, my favorite movie is Overboard.
Rocket Man was my favorite movie.
Its my favorite movie ever.
I definitely want to see West Side Story.
That would be amazing to see, especially in New York.
I would want to see probably Star Wars.
For the Dirty Dancing movie—and I actually posted it on our social media—for the second showing.
Windows mustve been cracked a little bit because it was cooler.
And as soon as Patrick Swayze lifted her up, everybody started singing.
Everybody was applauding and laughing.
And it was just such a heartfelt moment.
Everybody was just so happy to be together.
And I look forward to those moments every time we do a drive-in.