From sleeping in the concession stand to working entirely for free, the quirky film fanatics at the struggling Mahoning Drive-in face uncertainty when Hollywood announces it will switch to digital projection for all new movies. Unable to purchase an expensive digital projector, the Mahoning gang pin their hopes of survival on showing only vintage 35mm film prints on their original 1949 projectors.
Relive their underdog story to save film, the Mahoning Drive-in, and drive-in theaters everywhere. At The Drive-in is a documentary about the magic of movies and the people who love them.
WINNER: Philadelphia Film Festival / Best Local Feature
Official Selection at Dances with Films, Long Island International Film Expo, Sidewalk Film Festival, Southside Film Festival, Soma Film Festival, Reading Film Festival, SCAD Savannah Film Festival and more.
“At the Drive-In is the kind of movie that rekindles nostalgia, so much so that if not for the fact that I reside literally on the other side of the planet, I’d think nothing of hopping in my car to make the pilgrimage. One of the best new documentaries I’ve seen in a while. Highly Recommended. – DVD Talk
“…it is what [director] Monelli is able to do with the theme of community that ultimately allows this documentary to go from polite entertainment to something somewhat more substantial.”—Glenn Dunks, thefilmexperience.net
“Filmmaker Alexander Monelli’s At the Drive-In is such an affectionate doc about one community’s approach to cinemania that it has potential to become a fan favorite, though I suspect it already is one to those who’ve seen it.” – Mike Clark, Media Play News
“At The Drive-in is something every film lover should see.” —Matthew Passantino, Filmthreat.com
“A fascinating feature-length doc about the venue’s remarkable resurrection.” – The Morning Call
Features Jeff Mattox, Virgil Cardamone, Matthew McClanahan, Corey Pace, Robert Humanick, James T. Mills, Mark Nelson and Jessica Pell.
About The Mahoning Drive-in.
The Mahoning Drive-In Theater is located At 635, Seneca Road, Lehighton, PA. It was built in 1948, and opened for its first season the following year. Since then, it has entertained moviegoers for over half a century on the largest CinemaScope screen in Pennsylvania! The theater offers an exclusively retro 35mm film program, which is presented reel-to-reel via original 1940’s Simplex projectors! The theater’s goal… To deliver it patrons a true love of film, and a nostalgic movie-going experience one can only get at a drive-in!
2017 / 79 minutes / color / English / A film by Alexander Monelli
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