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Necessity, they say, is the mother of invention. With the coronavirus with us for the foreseeable future, drive-in movies are making a comeback.

Cross County Shopping Center in Yonkers is the latest venue to get into the act, kicking off its  “SummerFest Drive-In Movie Series” tomorrow, July 8, at dusk and continuing Wednesdays through July 29, weather permitting. 

The outdoor screen is approximately 45 feet tall and will be located in the north parking lot, near Olive Garden and Longhorn Steakhouse. Guests will receive access to an FM radio station to listen to the film from within their cars. They’ll  be permitted to use beach chairs outside their cars but must maintain social distancing.

For the price of admission, ticket holders will also receive special discount coupons for food vendors at Cross County Center, including Applebee’s, TGI Friday’s and more. Additionally, different food trucks will be present at each event.

The series features fan favorites as chosen by customers via Cross County Shopping Center social media pages. They are “The Sandlot” (July 8), “Grease” (July 15), “Men in Black” (July 22) and “Jurassic Park” (July 29).

 “Each year our shoppers, guests and residents look forward to coming to Cross County Center for festive entertainment from concerts to food festivals and more. This year, we’re excited to continue our tradition of ‘Summer Fest,’ while still adhering to CDC guidelines,” said Liz Pollock, senior marketing manager at Cross County Shopping Center.  “The ‘Summer Fest Drive-In Movie Series’ is a great way for families to enjoy the fresh air, entertainment and visit their favorite stores and restaurants, too. We are excited to offer this to our customers and welcome them back with open arms.”

Tickets are $20 per car, with a limit of 125 cars per movie. For tickets and more, visit

– edited by Georgette Gouveia

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