Feature Film Program

Queens Drive-In: 12 Monkeys + Shorts (La Jetée & Semmelweis)

Terry Gilliam’s sci-fi classic, plus two shorts that speak to how past mistakes can haunt us, including the 1962 film that inspired it.

$20-75; one ticket admits one car

Fri Apr 9 7:00 PM

The Films

12 Monkeys

Terry Gilliam | US | 127

With Bruce Willis, Madeleine Stowe, Brad Pitt, Christopher Plummer. In a future where all humans are forced underground by the ravages of a deadly virus, a convict is sent back in time to gather information about how to stop its spread. Inspired by Chris Marker’s 1962 short La Jetée, Terry Gilliam (Monty Python, Brazil) crafts a riveting, action-packed update featuring Bruce Willis, Madeleine Stowe, Christopher Plummer, and Brad Pitt in his first Oscar-nominated role.

La Jetée

Chris Marker | France | 28

With Étienne Becker, Jean Négroni, Hélène Chatelain, Davos Hanich. Marker’s seminal science-fiction masterpiece, concerning a time traveler in a postapocalyptic Paris who is haunted by his own mysterious past, is considered by many the greatest short film ever made. Told in photographs (with one remarkable exception), this mind-bending work has influenced countless filmmakers.


Jim Berry | US | 21

With Fritz Michel, Eden Riegel, James Kelly. This dramatic short, inspired by the life of Hungarian physician Ignaz Semmelweis, ostracized by the scientific community for his belief that hand-washing could save lives, has newfound resonance since the outbreak and response to the COVID-19 virus. Semmelweis was produced with support from a grant awarded by NYU in partnership with the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

Event Details

7:00 PM
Doors Open & Pre-Show Begins
7:45 PM
Introduction by Dr. Jennifer Nuzzo
8:00 PM
Semmelweis Begins
8:25 PM
La Jetée Begins
8:55 PM
9:05 PM
12 Monkeys Begins
This screening is made possible with the generous support of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

With an introduction by Dr. Jennifer Nuzzo—lead epidemiologist for the Johns Hopkins COVID-19 Testing Insights Initiative—about pandemic preparedness and what we can learn from the past to help our present and future.

All Queens Drive-In attendees will need to enter via the main entrance at 111th Street/49th Avenue entrance to the New York Hall of Science. There will be no access from the Grand Central Parkway exit 9P.

Use Grand Central Parkway Exit 10W to Corona Ave, OR the Long Island Expressway to the 108th Street exit, and take local streets to the entrance for all vehicles on 49th Avenue and 111th Street. Signs and staff members will direct you to the Drive-In upon arrival.

For complete Drive-In FAQs, head here.
12 Monkeys is rated R and may not be considered appropriate for younger audiences. Viewer discretion is advised.


Queens Drive-In at The New York Hall of Science

47-01 111th St, Corona, NY 11368

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