Feature Film Program

Queens Drive-In: Psychedelic Evening — Light Show + Koyaanisqatsi

Give yourself over to a pair of hypnotic cinematic experiences that perfectly sync music and moving image.

$45-75; one ticket admits one car


Sat Nov 7 6:30 PM

The Films

Light Show

Elsa Garmire, Ivan Dryer, Thomas Wilfred & Joshua White | US | 30

1930–2015. This rare showcase of films connects to the origins of the popular laser light show Laserium, the longest running theatrical attraction in Los Angeles. The program will feature the original, proof-of-concept video Laserimage (1972), created by physicist Elsa Garmire and filmmaker Ivan Dryer to convince the Griffith Observatory and Planetarium to open their doors to musicians and laserists; Joshua White’s Joshua Light Show, which used techniques like colored oil and water dye to accompany live music–most infamously at the Fillmore East in the late 60s; and work by Danish light art pioneer Thomas Wilfred that inspired these filmmakers, captured beautifully on screen by AJ Epstein.


Godfrey Reggio | US | 86

1982. Koyaanisqatsi is a ravishing visual symphony that explores the reaches of modern decay. Unprecedented in its style and approach at the time of its release in 1982, director Godfrey Reggio’s kaleidoscopic synthesis of images is just as remarkable nearly 40 years later. Commercialization, pollution, congestion, and demolition echo throughout an array of incredible scenes far too numerous and nuanced to list, set to an original score by Philip Glass, without a single word of dialogue or narration.

Event Details

6:30 PM
Doors Open & Pre-Show Begins
7:30 PM
Light Show Begins, Introduced by Joshua White (founder of the Joshua Light Show)
8:05 PM
Koyaanisqatsi Begins
All Queens Drive-In attendees will need to enter via the 111th Street/49th Avenue entrance to the New York Hall of Science. There will be no access from the Grand Central Parkway. Please take 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.

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Queens Drive-In at The New York Hall of Science

47-01 111th St, Corona, NY 11368

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