Empire Drive-In is a large-scale temporary installation and programming platform built from junked cars and salvaged materials. The project invites audiences to participate in a series of questions about cinema, car culture, planned obsolescence, and the distinction between public and private space.

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Empire Drive-In Queens

October 4-20, 2013 Empire Drive-In was at the New York Hall of Science in Flushing Meadows Park, Queens.

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01SJ Biennial

Empire Drive-In was first commissioned for the 2010 01SJ Biennial in San Jose, California.
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Abandon Normal Devices

Empire Drive-In was commissioned for the 2012 Abandon Normal Devices Festival in Manchester, UK.
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Last Chance Picture Show

An evening of trespassing, featuring silent films with live music in a real-life abandoned drive-in in New York.
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Empire Drive-In is designed by New York artists Todd Chandler and Jeff Stark, and built in collaboration with over a dozen other artists and craftspeople.


CORRIDOR 8 Contemporary Art & Writing Journal

What is urban, modern and ‘successful’ about cinema? New-York based artists Todd Chandler and Jeff Stark launched a visual, acoustical and perfomative attack to this question.
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DAZED DIGITAL: Todd Chandler & Jeff Stark, Empire Drive-In

Todd Chandler and Jeff Stark put their unique stamp on the cinematic experience for the Abandon Normal Devices Festival.

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Empire Drive-In presents the unbearable lightness of seeing in a world that might someday go dark.
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BBC: Artists create scrap car cinema in Manchester

A pair of American artists have built a temporary drive-in cinema in Manchester from shipping containers and scrapped cars. Jeff Stark and Todd Chandler’s Empire Drive-In has been created as part of the film and art festival, Abandon Normal Devices.
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If you have questions about this project send an email to: info@empiredrivein.com