June 21 & 22
We believe everyone deserves a second chance, and so do movies. To that end, we're offering up this motley double bill (quack) of Masters of the Universe (1987) and Howard The Duck (1986). Neither of them were hits in their day, and both of them were panned by fans and critics alike, but looking back, were they really so bad? Maybe. Here is your chance to catch the other side of cinema history the way it was meant to be experienced...ON 35MM FILM! Can the power of nostalgia and the magic of the drive-in bring new life to these misfit and misunderstood motion pictures?
It's Second Chance Weekend. Come if you want.
Tickets are on sale now!
Overnight passes are available at the box office night-of-show!
June 21 & 22
Exhumed Films presents at The Mahoning Drive-In theater: GODZILLA-PALOOZA!
The undisputed “King of the Monsters” turns 65 this year, but Godzilla is not ready to retire just yet! Join us on June 28 & 29 as we celebrate Big G’s birthday with a weekend’s worth of the most magnificent monster movies of all time! You will see Godzilla battle some of his fiercest foes in a colossal clash of the creatures. Let’s get ready to RUMBLE!
All movies presented in 35mm film.
Triple features with vintage, original movie trailers, games, prizes and more starting at sundown each night! Gates open at 6pm.
Tickets are ON SALE NOW and only $10 per person!
Overnight passes are available for an additional $10 a night at the gate.
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Friday, June 28:
MONSTER ZERO (1965) - An alien race comes to our world asking to borrow Earth’s mightiest monsters, Godzilla and Rodan, in order to defeat the mysterious “Monster Zero” that is plaguing their own planet. But when it soon becomes evident that the villainous visitors are actually plotting to overthrow the Earth and have kidnapped the monsters to prevent interference,it’s up to intrepid astronauts Nick Adams (FRANKENSTEIN CONQUERS THE WORLD) and Akira Takarada (GOJIRA, KING KONG ESCAPES) to overthrow the aliens and release the captive Godzilla and Rodan, setting the stage for an epic battle with Monster Zero!
DESTROY ALL MONSTERS (1968) - Years before the Marvel movies popularized the concept of the “shared cinematic universe,” DESTROY ALL MONSTERS brought together nearly all of Toho’s kaiju creations from their various features. The result is perhaps the greatest Godzilla movie of all time! Once again, an army of alien invaders plots to seize control of the Earth. This time, they use our own monsters against us by mind-controlling an battalion of behemoths to attack the world’s largest cities! In addition to showcasing the fab four (Godzilla, Mothra, Rodan and Ghidorah), DESTROY ALL MONSTERS features “deep cut” creatures like Manda, Gorosaurus, Baragon and Varan. Also keep an eye out for Ultraman himself, Susumu “Hayata” Kurobe, as one of the evil aliens.
GODZILLA’S REVENGE (1969)- A lonely young boy who is being bullied by his classmates retreats into an imaginary realm: he dreams that he has travelled to Monster Island and befriended Godzilla’s son, Minya (aka Minilla), who is dealing with a monster bully of his own. Together, the two outcasts learn to face their fears and fight their foes; this becomes particularly helpful when, back in the real world, the boy is kidnapped by bungling bank robbers! With its fantasy setting and bizarre bankrobber subplot, GODZILLA’S REVENGE is definitely one of the oddest Godzilla movies ever, but it is also oddly endearing.
Saturday, June 29:
GODZILLA VS. MECHAGODZILLA (1974)- In this, the penultimate Godzilla film of the 1970’s, the King of the Monsters faces perhaps his most deadly enemy yet: himself! Mankind is flummoxed when a second Godzilla starts wreaking havoc and confronts the original Big G. Turns out the new monster is actually a robotic clone known as Mechagodzilla that is being controlled by--you guessed it--alien invaders! This time the aliens look like refugees from the “Planet of the Apes” series, but they aren’t monkeying around when it comes to world domination! GODZILLA VS. MECHAGODZILLA also features the first appearance of King Seesar, a kaiju based on a mythical lion-like creature from Japanese folklore--though he looks more like a big puppy dog to us.
GODZILLA VS. MEGALON (1973)- Due to its prevalence on television “creature feature” and “Monster Week” programming in the 1970’s and 1980’s--and its inclusion in an early episode of “Mystery Science Theatre 3000”--GODZILLA VS. MEGALON is one of the most well-known Godzilla films of all time. It is also one of the most enjoyable! The undersea kingdom of Seatopia is fed up with mankind polluting the world’s oceans, so they unleash the giant insect-like creature Megalon to destroy the surface dwellers for their hubris. Let’s all cross our talons and hope that Godzilla and his new pal, the giant robot Jet Jaguar, are able to stop Megalon and once again save the planet from annihilation!
BONUS SECRET MOVIE (19??)- What’s that you say? You haven’t quite had your fill of creature carnage? Then grab yourself one last big bucket of popcorn and settle in for one final bout of monsterrific mayhem! We’ve saved one of our favorite flicks for the finale, but it’s a special surprise only for those drive-in denizens in attendance brave enough to stick around to the exhilarating end — everyone else can forever wonder how the night ended!
4th of July weekend, The Mahoning Drive-In Theater is extending a very special invitation to attend a weekend of wizardly wonder!
*Thursday ~ Friday ~ Saturday ~ Sunday*
We proudly present ALL EIGHT Harry Potter films in order and on 35mm FILM over FOUR nights! Don't miss out on this multi-day cine-magic event!
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001)
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002)
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004)
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005)
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007)
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009)
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 (2010)
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 (2011)
Come early for vendors, games, and more! Be sure to stay glued to this event as we roll out more details as the event draws near.
Tickets for each night are on sale soon!
For those who want to party with us all weekend, Overnight passes will be available at the box office night-of-show!
BACK FOR VENGEANCE! On July 12 and 13, the biggest retro event of the season, Drive-in VHS-Fest, returns for PART III! Lunchmeat VHS, Saturn's Core Audio & Video, and The Mahoning Drive-In Theater, are powering up to bring you two nights PACKED full of movies, vendors, special guests, music, and SO MUCH MORE.. Some of the rarest VHS titles and home video horror/sci-fi hits will be coming at you on the big Big BIG screen! That's right, we're running ACTUAL VHS TAPES at one of the largest drive-in theaters in the country! So adjust your tracking and press play for an action-packed analog party!
We're also hosting a VHS and cult cinema flea market both evenings before the show! Come early and score some analog goodies, and/or mingle with fellow tapeheads! There are still vending slots available, so shoot a request over to firstname.lastname@example.org if you've got some cool cult gear to showoff and sell!
FRIDAY ~ A loving tribute to the late great David Winters (Producer of Deadly Prey and Killer Workout).
Deadly Prey (1987)
Killer Workout (1987)
Hook of Woodland Heights (1990)
SATURDAY ~ With guest directors Ted Bohus (Deadly Spawn) and Pete Jacelone (Psycho Sisters)!
Deadly Spawn (1983)
Psycho Sisters (1998)
Blood Lake (1987)
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Tickets on sale NOW
Overnight Pass (per car) $10.00 ~ Passes are available at the box office night-of-show
On July 19 & 20, forget the halls, deck out your CAR for 2019's Christmas in July: 'Hone Alone Edition!
Help us turn the drive-in lot into a winter wonderland! For two nights, we'll be throwing down two ultimate holiday classics with a double feature of HOME ALONE & HOME ALONE 2: LOST IN NEW YORK, both presented in glorious 35mm film!
It’s July, it’s summer and it’s time for the drive-in! And what’s more fun at the drive-in than schlocky monster movies under the stars? Nothing, daddy-o. So, on July 26 & 27, it’s SCHLOCK-O-RAMA 3, presented by Exhumed Films at the Mahoning Drive-In Theater! Our annual tribute to the cheap, trashy world of wild genre cinema that plays best on the giant outdoor screen! You’ll see monsters, monsters and more monsters, plus a tribute to the late, great Dick Miller, in his most iconic role as Walter Paisley in BUCKET OF BLOOD!
Plus, there will be prizes, raffles, vendors and vintage trailers before before each showing! Don’t miss it!
Tickets are on sale now!
Overnight Passes are available at the box office for an additional $10!
Friday, July 26th:
THE VAMPIRE’S COFFIN (1958) Dir. Fernando Mendez / 80 mins.
A BUCKET OF BLOOD (1959) Dir. by Roger Corman / 66 mins.
BEACH GIRLS AND THE MONSTER (1965) Dir. by Jon Hall / 70 mins
BLOOD THIRST (1971) Dir. by Newt Arnold / 74 mins.
Saturday, July 27th:
OCTAMAN (1971) - Dir. by Harry Essex / 79 mins.
EQUINOX (1970) - Dir. by Jack Woods / 80 mins.
BLOOD (1974) - Dir. by Andy Milligan / 69 mins
ROBOT VS THE AZTEC MUMMY (1958) Dir. by Rafael Portillo / 65 mins.
On August 9 & 10, The Mahoning Drive-In Theater is throwing the ultimate graveyard smash for the ferocious return of UNIVERSAL MONSTER MASH!
It's an all-out smash up of FOUR classic Universal Monster movies over two nights. Each creature feature is presented in beautiful 35mm film, the way they were meant to be seen! Join the party. It's sure to catch on with a flash!
FRIDAY – Get wrapped up and washed away in this gripping double-bill!
Revenge of the Creature (1955)
The Mummy's Hand (1940)
SATURDAY – You'll howl with excitement when worlds collide!
Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man (1943)
House of Dracula (1945)
1969 ~ It was a time of turmoil, war, and a movement... It was the time of Woodstock.
This three day music festival on a dairy farm in New York became one of the most influential events in music history, and a platform a growing counterculture movement. In those three days, Woodstock transcended beyond just another festival, and into something synonymous with peace, love, and unity through music (as well as sticking it to “The Man”).
With Woodstock 50 in peril, The Mahoning Drive-In Theater is proud to swoop in and present a tribute to the greatest party of all time! We're putting on our own Woodstock style celebration, and we're doing it the only way we know how, ON 35MM FILM!
On August 16 & 17, we'll be presenting WOODSTOCK (the 1970 film) on 35mm, along with a slew of live music before the show, along with vinyl and movie raffles in the snack bar!
**MORE TO COME**
CALLING ALL GROOVY MUSICIANS: We're in the process of booking artists to play during the afternoon party! So if you want to get in on the music festivities, hit us up! email@example.com
Tickets available soon!
PEACE ~ LOVE ~ ROCK'N'ROLL
Here it is, campers! The horror movie event of the summer that you’ve been waiting all year for! Exhumed Films and the Mahoning Drive-In Theater present Camp Blood V on August 23 & 24! It’s time for the giant outdoor screen to run red with more slasher movie mayhem on 35mm, and this year we have an extra film and a VERY special guest: 80’s horror movie icon Jill Schoelen! Jill will be selling merchandise, signing autographs and meeting fans before, during and in-between movies on Saturday night!
As usual, we’ll have our pre-movie Camp Blood games, incredible limited edition event tees and posters by Justin (Haunt Love) Miller, vintage slasher movie trailers before each film, raffles, prizes and DiabolikDVD and Garagehouse Pictures tables set up in the snack bar! This is an event that no horror movie fan would want to miss!
CAMP BLOOD V:
Night One: Friday, August 23:
FRIDAY THE 13TH PART 3 (1982) - Jason Voorhees is back to punish another assortment of unwary campers who unluckily decide to spend their vacation at Camp Blood! This is a 2D presentation.
MOTEL HELL (1980) - It takes all kinds of critters to make Farmer Vincent fritters. Checking in is easy, but checking out is hell for a series of unsuspecting travelers in this brilliantly tasty dark horror comedy!
PROM NIGHT (1980) - A killer waits at the high school dance. If you’re not home by midnight... you won’t be coming home! Jamie Lee Curtis follows up the seminal HALLOWEEN with this Canadian-produced slasher film classic also starring Leslie Nielsen.
Friday’s pre-movie Camp Blood games will begin at approx. 7pm, featuring the Camp Crystal Lake Body Bag Race, the Jason Vs. Farmer Vincent Tug O’War, an Eye Ball Toss, the Guess the Killer Thriller trailer contest and more to be announced! Participate in the games and win some amazing prizes!
Night Two: Saturday, August 24:
***80’s “scream queen” Jill Schoelen in attendance!!!***
THE STEPFATHER (1987) - A recently remarried widow (Shelley Hack) and her teenage daughter (Jill Schoelen) soon discover that the new man in the family isn’t all he appears to be in this tense thriller from from a story by Brian (DEATH WISH) Garfield and Donald (POINT BLANK) Westlake!
POPCORN (1991) - An all-night horror movie marathon is haunted by a disfigured killer madman in this nostalgic 90’s terror fan favorite! Starring Jill Schoelen, Dee Wallace and Tom Villard.
JASON GOES TO HELL: THE FINAL FRIDAY (1993) - They thought this would be the last entry in the series, but of course they were wrong! This sequel suggests a link between THE EVIL DEAD franchise and FRIDAY THE 13TH, and reveals Jason’s supernatural origins! Can the last surviving member of the Voorhees family end Jason’s bloody reign of terror?
Bonus movie: CUTTING CLASS (1989) - Since it is not often we have horror movie royalty in attendance, here’s another entry starring Jill Schoelen (and also Brad Pitt and Roddy McDowall) to round out Camp Blood V and shred what is left of your nerves! A killer is loose dispatching high schoolers... Could it be one of Paula Carson’s young suitors or someone else?
Saturday’s pre-movie Camp Blood games will begin at approx. 7pm, featuring a Scream Contest, the Team Jason Vs. Team Schoelen Tug O’ War, a Three-Legged Race, the Guess the Killer Thriller trailer contest and more to be announced! Participate in the games and win some amazing prizes!
Tickets on sale NOW!
Overnight Passes are available at the box office night-of-show for an additional $10!
It's our 70th season, and we're throwing an anniversary party! June 14 & 15, marks the return of our FIRST retro program from the wayback year of 2014, BITE NIGHT! ~ Jurassic Park & Jaws in timeless 35mm FILM!
Built in 1948, The Mahoning Drive-In Theater was constructed as the premiere area drive-in. It opened the following spring, and for 70 years, it shined as a cinematic beacon to the community. Today, The Mahoning Drive-In Theater stands as one of the nations last cinema giants; A truly massive single-screen outdoor theater. It's a monument to movie-viewing history!
Along with our retro 35mm programming, we've also managed to maintain and save much of the original infrastructure, including our 1940's Simplex E7 projectors (which are still in operation), making this drive-in one of the most authentic and historic moviegoing experiences in the country!
On June 7 & 8, The Mahoning Drive-In Theater invites you to “do your fang” at VAMPYRTY 2019! This year, we're going all out hosting a VAMPIRE SENIOR DANCE on the lot, spinning some undead jams over the airwaves, and turning the snack bar into a cursed gymnasium for all you guys, ghouls, and creatures of the night to celebrate!
Dress to impress! Our favorite costumes will get a little extra blood in their punch bowl ;)
We have a lot in store for the party, so stay tuned for more updates as we roll out more “dead-ertainment”!
ONWARDS TO THE SHOW!
Friday & Saturday:
We cheer for The Chosen One as she takes on prom night in style in BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER (1992)
We square off against the neighbors from hell in FRIGHT NIGHT (1985)
Heads will roll (and bowl) in an ultra rare screening of FRIGHT NIGHT 2 (1988)
*ALL FEATURES ARE PRESENTED ON 35mm FILM*
Overnight passes will be available at the box office!
On May 31 and June 1, Two masters of magic, Jim Henson and Guillermo del Toro, collide in one spellbinding show! The Mahoning Drive-In Theater invites you to get lost in a unique fantasy pairing of LABYRINTH (1986) and PAN'S LABYRINTH (2006). Both features are presented in enchanting 35mm film!
Overnight Passes are available at the box office night-of-show!
This Memorial Day Weekend (May 24-26), the unstoppable ZOMBIEFEST returns in its fifth incarnation to the Mahoning Drive-In Theater! Presented by Exhumed Films, ZOMBIEFEST V will again showcase nine fright-filled living dead features over three terrifying nights! If this one doesn’t scare you, you’re already dead!
ZOMBIEFEST V - May 24-26:
Friday, May 24th:
NIGHT OF THE CREEPS (1986)- Alien space slugs turn a college campus into a zombie bloodbath until some students band together with a disgraced detective to set things right again in Fred (THE MONSTER SQUAD) Dekker’s infectious, humorous horror gem.
NIGHT OF THE DEMONS (1988)- On Halloween night, a group of teens gather at an abandoned funeral home for a party only to unleash a demon during a seance that takes them over one by bloody one! A wild 80’s gore fest from director Kevin S Tenney and writer/producer Joe Augustyn.
NIGHT OF THE SEAGULLS (1975)- The fourth film in Amando De Ossorio’s “Blind Dead” series is one of the best! A doctor and his wife relocate to a small coastal community only to learn that every seven years, for seven days, hideously rotting undead monks return from the grave to claim their gory sacrifices!
Saturday, May 25th:
NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD (1968)- It begins with Barbara and Johnny driving miles out of their way to put a wreath on their father’s grave, and ends with one of the most stark and unforgettable moments in movie history! The film that started it all... George A. Romero’s monumental modern horror classic returns to the drive-in screen!
PHANTASM (1978)- After the death of his parents, a young man becomes aware of a mysterious Tall Man and some very strange and bizarre things going on at the neighborhood funeral home. Don Coscarelli’s weirdly imaginative, nightmarish horror favorite finally comes to the giant Mahoning screen! Boyyyy!
DEAD AND BURIED (1981)- From the creators of ALIEN and the director of VICE SQUAD! A series of brutal murders plague a small seaside town, but the corpses seem to keep coming back to life! It will take your breath away... all of it! Special makeup effects by Stan (ALIENS, THE TERMINATOR) Winston.
Sunday, May 26th:
The legendary ORGY OF THE LIVING DEAD drive-in/grindhouse triple-bill returns to the big screen for the first time in decades! Can you stand such a triple avalanche of grisly horror? In 1972, John Austin Frazier was committed to a mental hospital after viewing this shocking program. Don’t say we didn’t warn you! See... if you dare:
REVENGE OF THE LIVING DEAD (aka. THE MURDER CLINIC)
Mario Bava’s CURSE OF THE LIVING DEAD (aka. KILL, BABY KILL)
Amando (TOMBS OF THE BLIND DEAD) De Ossorio’s FANGS OF THE LIVING DEAD
...together on one feverishly frightening program!
Overnight Passes available at the box office each night!
On May 10 & 11, we're 'klowning' around with the most dangerous circus freaks to walk this earth! So get silly, and float with us for two nights of terror straight from the big top! It's KILLER KLOWNS FROM OUTER SPACE (1988) and IT (2017) back-to-back on the biggest screen in the state!
Stallone, Snipes, and Schwarzenegger! It's Wazzzzzap! Join us at The Mahoning Drive-In Theater and relive the radical action of early 90's gold!
First, we kick it off with “The big ticket for '93”, THE LAST ACTION HERO. Schwarzenegger is in fine form in this bizarre action fantasy. We then pit two action greats against one another in a satirical future-fight between Sylvester Stallone Wesley Snipes in DEMOLITION MAN!
May 3 & 4 only! Both features are presented in glorious 35mm!
As always, overnight passes will be available at the box office for an additional $10, so you can crash out or hang out with us after the movies.
It's fast approaching! Introducing the 2019 Season Premiere at The Mahoning Drive-In Theater!
April 26 & 27 is our traditional opening double feature. THE WIZARD OF OZ (1939) & WILLY WONKA AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY (1971) will be presented in their original 35MM FILM format, and splashed against our gigantic outdoor screen! Join us for a night of family fun under the stars as we celebrate the return of Drive-In times, and the beginning of another adventure!
We have all kinds of exciting events to roll out in the coming weeks, so be sure to like our page and stay glued for some amazing updates!