See a movie from the comfort of your car...
…that's how they always promoted drive-in theatres…
but today with all these worries of the COVID-19 virus and being in closed areas with large amounts of people, perhaps the drive-in can offer some solace to families since you are watching the movies from your car and following the CDC guidelines to distance yourselves socially (and physically) from other folks.
We know there is a lot of concern about going out while this virus is spreading, but going to the movies has always been a relief for families from stressful situations... during World War 2, during 9/11 and more... and we like our indoor theater friends, will work to stay open showing movies and to provide you the best relief possible while we deal with COVID-19.
We hope to get good movies to show you. The new releases for spring and early summer have been postponed because of the health emergency, but there are old classics, retro shows, great films from the winter season so we'll find you a fun program just so you can get out of the house!
We are working on updating the WDI app so you can use your cellphone to order from the snack bar and just have to pick it up.. No lines to stand in. Stay tuned for developments on that front.
New York State has closed all restaurants, bars and movie theaters to protect its citizens from the virus. We have petitioned for a wavier because we are an outdoor venue and do not have crowds of people sitting in auditoriums.
We are anticipating opening for the season in mid-April, hoping we get permission. Please check back often for news on that front.
See you at the Warwick Drive-In
"We" are Beth and Ernest Wilson, celebrating over 20 years of continuing the family tradition of owning drive-in theaters started by Beth's father, Frank Seeber.
Originally, Warwick Drive-In Theater was built in 1950 by Charles & Mary Finger in partnership with George & Adeline Miller on 5 acres of land owned by Paul & Emma Miller. George & Adeline sold out to Russ & Gloria Eurich. It had one 70' x 40' screen and parking for 350 cars. Soon, the Fingers bought out the business from the Eurichs. It was run successfully by the Finger family for 25 years.
Back in those days, salesmen would come from the film companies to lease their films to the theater for a $12.50 flat fee for 3 or 4 days at a time. Now, film distributors charge up to 90% of the theater's gross ticket sales and demand 3 to 4 weeks for each film. Eventually, competition heated up and Mr. Finger successfully bid to make the drive-in a first run theater, giving it the right to play the films on the same date as they were released in New York City.
Mr. and Mrs. Finger decided to retire and in 1977 sold the drive-in to Frank Seeber. Paul Miller's widow, Emma Miller Sisco, decided against leasing out the property so Frank also had to buy the acreage in order to fulfill his dream.
He had been in the drive-in movie business since he was 13 years old,cleaning windshields for tips at Irving Hulst's Tri-States Drive-In Theater in Matamoras, PA, which closed in 2004.
Now in his 30s, he had also managed the Newton (NJ) Drive-In Theater (now closed) and had become a member of the IATSE, the projectionists union, but owning his own drive-in theater had always been his dream.
In 1982, Frank and his wife, Ann, bought more acreage from Emma Miller Sisco and expanded the drive-in to two screens on 11 acres with two modern projection rooms. Later a third screen was added. We built more ticket selling stations and complied with the town's insistence on controlling the traffic and parking situations.
In 1995, the Seebers retired from the drive-in business and we purchased the theater and land, forming Casey Family Theaters, Inc. The name came from a nickname for the youngest of our four children. Sadly, Frank passed away on Dec. 5, 2019 but Ann is still available when we need her expertise on an advisory basis, mostly for advertising and social media.
A true family business, Beth’s sister, Laurey Keller, is always right by her side with the daily operations at the theater and in the office. Beth and Laurey's children have worked at the theater throughout the years. A very important person in our lives is Joan Damon. Mrs. Damon has been with the theater since the 70’s, before the Seebers bought it, and completely runs the concession area for us. She sure is one big asset to our company success.
In 2014, we converted from film to digital projection which has greatly enhanced the movie experience.
We look forward to the continuation of our family tradition of providing a unique Drive-In Theater Experience along with popular entertainment since we are the only movie theater in the Warwick area.
- GRAND RE-OPENING FRIDAY MARCH 20
- All credit cards accepted ($10 min).
- Download the LISTEN EVERYWHERE App. You can hear the movie sound on your cellphone! You can also rent a radio for a small fee of $5.
- Pets in cars and/or on leash are welcome. No barking, please!
- Hot Dog (with Kraut or Cheese)
- Hamburger, Cheeseburger
- Pizza Roll (Cheese)
- Popcorn Chicken
- French Fries
- Seasoned Fries
- Mozzarella Sticks
- Popcorn - plain or buttery
- Nachos with cheese sauce
- Hot Pretzels
- Plain M&Ms
- Peanut M&Ms
- Gummi Bears
- Milk Duds
- Sour Jacks
- Nutty Buddy Ice Cream Sandwich
- Diet Pepsi
- Sierra Mist
- Root Beer
- Bottled Water
- Iced Tea
- Hot Cocoa
Always dim your lights before entering the lot.
Trucks & vans: please be considerate and park in the rear of the lot or at the ends of rows, as directed by the theater staff. Otherwise, patrons in automobiles may not be able to see over your roof.
Keep your foot off the brake pedal when parked.
Buy your snacks from the refreshment stand. Theaters make little money on the admission cost because a large percentage has to be returned to the film distributors. The drive-in's main source of income is its concession sales. Keep your drive-in in business; visit the snack bar often!
Enjoy the outdoor experience! There's nothing better than watching movies under the stars!
If you have a good experience, let the staff at the drive-in know. . . and tell your friends! Attend as often as you can!