Actor Robert DeNiro appears at the kickoff of the third annual TriBeCa Film Festival in New York, May 1, 2004. DeNiro is one of the founders of the festival, which will showcase over 250 films from 42 countries this week. REUTERS/Chip East CME

The Tribeca Film Festival is hitting the road and will be screened at Nickerson Beach in Lido, where it will be held as a drive-in movie series over four weekends next month.

Two-time Oscar winning actor Robert DeNiro, who co-founded the festival in 2003, shared details of the new format Wednesday in an appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.

“It seems like the safest thing you can do with a bunch of people in their own cars,” DeNiro told Fallon.

The usual festival lineup was canceled in April due to the coronavirus pandemic. It event is normally held in lower Manhattan. But in its place, screenings will be held at drive-in theaters in California, Texas, and New York to start, with additional venues to be added. 

“It’s in our DNA to bring people together through the arts, showing strength and resiliency when the world needs it the most,” said Tribeca Enterprises and Tribeca Film Festival Co-Founder and CEO Jane Rosenthal. “At a time when people are eager to connect and convene again after months-long social distancing, we’re taking the spirit of Tribeca around the country by creating a safe environment where audiences can come together and enjoy the sense of connection found by going to the movies.”

Tickets go on sale on June 22. For more information, visit tribecafilm.com

“There will be free tickets for healthcare workers and for first responders as a thank you for what they’ve done,” Nassau County Executive Laura Curran said. “I want to thank Robert DeNiro and his whole crew for making that happen.”

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