Drive-In Made From Wrecked Cars Turns Waste Into Seats [Video]

Drive-In Made From Wrecked Cars Turns Waste Into Seats [Video]

Post-apocalyptic cinema experience in NYC has a serious message to spread.

Ross Brooks
  • 24 september 2013

Empire Drive-In is a temporary installation outside the New York Hall of Science in Corona Park, Queens, built from junked cars and salvaged materials. Visitors can watch a movie on the 40-foot screen made of salvaged wood while sitting comfortably inside (or on top of) the wrecked cars that litter the viewing area.

The two artists behind the post-apocalyptic projections are Jeff Stark and Todd Chandler, Brooklyn-based artists who have previous experience creating this kind of event, most recently at the 2012 Abandon Normal Devices Festival in Manchester, UK.


Not just intended as an interesting place to watch a film, the creators of the project also encourage visitors to participate in a series of questions about car culture, planned obsolescence, and the distinction between public and private space. Focusing on re-use, the artists prove that it is possible to design something new and special while salvaging and repurposing waste.

Be sure to watch the video to find out more about this unususal drive-in with a powerful message:

Empire Drive-In


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