Feature Film Program

Queens Drive-In: Shaft + Boyz n the Hood

20 years apart, influential directors Gordon Parks and John Singleton depicted epochal films about tough lives in NYC and South Central LA.

$39-75; one ticket admits one car


Sat Apr 10 7:00 PM

The Films


Gordon Parks | US | 100

With Richard Roundtree, Moses Gunn. Renowned photographer and director Gordon Parks directed this slick detective thriller, an adaptation of the 1970 novel by Ernest Tidyman. Solving crimes his own way, John Shaft (Roundtree) is a sharp, tough, and charming private eye who knocks enemies out of windows while always finding time for pleasure. This time, he’s hired to retrieve the daughter of a crime lord. Set on the streets of New York City and heavily influenced by the Black Power movement, this blaxploitation classic is infused with action-packed rumbles and a sultry rhythmic funk score composed by Isaac Hayes and arranged by Johnny Allen. The iconic “Theme from Shaft” won Hayes the Best Original Song Academy Award. Rated: R

Boyz n the Hood

John Singleton | US | 112

With Cuba Gooding Jr., Laurence Fishburne, Ice Cube, Morris Chestnut, Tyra Ferrell, Nia Long. Made when he was just 23, John Singleton's incendiary debut feature is both deeply personal and dramatically classical, with young Tre (Gooding Jr.) moving in with his father (Fishburne) in troubled South Central L.A., a place he can embrace or transcend, neither of which is an easy proposition. For this unforgettable, era-defining drama, Singleton made cinematic history, becoming the first Black filmmaker to be nominated for the Best Director Academy Award. Rated: R

Event Details

7:00 PM
Doors Open & Pre-Show Begins
8:00 PM
Shaft Begins
9:40 PM
9:50 PM
Boyz n the Hood Begins
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.

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PLEASE NOTE: Both films in this program are 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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