Hamptons Gets a Drive-in Movie Night for Memorial Day Weekend

The first big social event of the Hamptons season will be a drive-in movie night Saturday at Cooper’s Beach in Southampton, after New York Governor Andrew Cuomo endorsed it as an acceptable form of public gathering.

While it won’t be the first drive-in movie night of the coronavirus era — Warwick, New York, hosted one Friday — it’s likely to be one of the more exotic. Think classic convertibles and Escalades, steps from the roar of the Atlantic and billionaires’ estates.

And it will represent one of the first public breaks with the self-isolation that began two months ago, when many area homeowners decamped there from their primary residences in Manhattan.

The family-friendly film selection is “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” directed by Steven Spielberg, who has owned a home in East Hampton.

That’s in keeping with the idea of offering a “nostalgic, feel-good event,” said Simone Levinson, who with her husband David Levinson is underwriting the drive-in organized by the Southampton Arts Center, a cultural and community center on Jobs Lane. She’s the founding co-chair of the center.

Admission is $50 a car, withtickets sold only in advance. The event benefits the food pantry of the nonprofitHeart of the Hamptons. Guests are encouraged to bring non-perishable items to donate, and to bring take-out dinner from local restaurants including Sant Ambroeus and Tutto il Giorno.

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