It's been a long winter, but the 2023 season at the Mahoning Drive-In Theater officially kicked off last night with the first in-person Patreon screening of the season.
This is the group photo of the whole gang of Drive Insiders who were in attendance for the screening, courtesy of Ellarian Photography. My wife and I are wearing our custom t-shirts to commemorate the Jaws-inspired Bollywood classic that we watched at the most recent virtual screening.
That big old dork in the red hoodie is me. If you ever see me on the lot, I promise that despite my appearance, I am a friendly guy. I'm socially awkward as hell and I've apparently forgotten how to smile for a photo, but if you can get past my general weirdness, come over and say hi.
Our special desert for the night from Val was her Butter-n-Bling cookies. They weighed about a half pound, and they were absolutely delicious!
|Artwork by Roger Bonet Martinez - Gnarly Magazine (2023)|
We have to keep the name of the movies shown during the on-site Patreon nights a secret, so in lieu of showing the poster for the film in question, here is some drive-in artwork by artist Roger Bonet Martinez. We got to see a 35mm print of a psychological thriller from 1983. It was a weird flick that isn't necessarily for everybody, but I thought it was very good. I'll have to see if I can find a copy on Blu-ray for an affordable price.
There are a lot of awesome nights coming up at the Mahoning after the traditional opening weekend double feature of The Wizard Of Oz and Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory. We'll be going to a lot of them, so much like the past two years, this blog is going to resemble a Mahoning Drive-In Theater fan page from now through the end of October, so if you're a regular visitor to my humble little corner of the web, be prepared for a lot of gushing about how incredible this place is.