Feature Film Program

Queens Drive-In: Purple Rain + Stop Making Sense (Double Feature)

Two iconic musical movie experiences from 1984: Prince’s Purple Rain and Jonathan Demme’s Talking Heads concert Stop Making Sense.

$45-75; one ticket admits one car


Thu Nov 5 6:30 PM

The Films

Purple Rain

Albert Magnoli | US | 111

1984. With Prince, Apollonia Kotero, Morris Day, Olga Karlatos, Clarence Williams III. The Grammy and Oscar-winning Purple Rain marks the electrifying movie debut of Prince as the Kid, a Minneapolis club musician as alienated as he is talented. Struggling with a tumultuous home life, The Kid takes refuge in his music and his love for aspiring singer Apollonia. The incredible soundtrack includes the title song, "When Doves Cry," and "Let's Go Crazy."

Stop Making Sense

Jonathan Demme | US | 88

1984. With David Byrne, Tina Weymouth, Bernie Worrell, Alex Weir. Big-white-suited Talking Heads leader David Byrne is on the verge of something: a nervous breakdown or transcendence. "Don’t touch me I'm a real live wire," he warns, which serves as the description for the entire film. Each song passes to the next on an electrical pulse, building upon its own momentum; finally the entire performance lifts off the ground and vibrates on a frenetic, exuberantly joyful frequency. In the hands of Oscar-winning director Jonathan Demme and a team of ace cinematographers led by Jordan Cronenweth this is probably the greatest concert movie ever made.

Event Details

6:30 PM
Doors Open & Pre-Show Begins
7:30 PM
Purple Rain Begins
9:20 PM
9:30 PM
Stop Making Sense 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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PLEASE NOTE: Purple Rain 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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