US 23 Drive-In Theater Offers Double Features with a Dose of Nostalgia

Families and friends gather for an evening of movie-watching at US 23 Drive-In Theater in 2010.

Families and friends gather for an evening of movie-watching at US 23 Drive-In Theater in 2010.

What’s so great about an outdoor movie theater? Quite a bit if you ask Johny Thomas, general manager of the US 23 Drive-In Theater in Mundy Township. For instance, viewers get:

  • Two movies for the price of one. Admission – priced at $8 per adult and $6 per child – includes two feature films.
  • Space. You can talk with friends, calm a crying child or laugh as loud as you want, all within the comfort of your own car.
  • Nostalgia. For those who used to frequent the drive-in with their families, it brings back memories and allows you to pass on the tradition to your kids and family.

But the biggest draw – Thomas says – is being outside.

“You can bring out your lawn chairs and enjoy the summer weather,” he says. “I’ve seen people bring a mattress and sit in the back of their pick-ups. They get creative.”

And while tradition lives on at the 1950s-era venue, it also has a few modern touches. In 2013, the venue swapped out its 35mm film reels for digital projectors, a transition that has resulted in a brighter picture and sharper sound.

“Being outside, the ambient light could be an issue, especially with dark scenes,” Thomas says. “It’s much easier to see now.”

Movies start at dusk, although Thomas recommends arriving as early as possible. Gates open at 7:30 p.m., and spots are first-come, first-serve.

Currently, the theater is open on Fridays and Saturdays but will extend its hours to seven days a week starting Memorial Day Weekend. It will resume its weekend-only schedule Labor Day Weekend, before closing for the season in mid-October.

This week, the venue will also open tonight (Thursday) for an early-release showing of Avengers: Age of Ultron.

Thomas also recommends a visit to the concessions stand, which sells everything from burgers and chili cheese fries to root beer floats and freshly popped popcorn. “The food is great, and really, (concession sales) are what keep up open,” he says. “The majority of ticket sales go to Hollywood.”

For more information about the US 23 Digital Drive-in Theater, at 5200 Fenton Road in Flint, call 810-238-0751 or visit www.us23driveintheater.com.

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Note: This post was updated April 30 at 12:30 p.m.

Local Theater Screens Independent, International Films on Weekends

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Love movies, but looking for something a little less mainstream? Check out the Flint Institute of Arts Theater. Each weekend, the 330-seat venue – in cooperation with the Friends of Modern Art – presents independent, international and classic films that otherwise would not be screened in the Flint area.

This weekend, the film of choice is Force Majeure, a Golden Globe finalist for best foreign film. The two-hour, R-rated movie follows a Swedish family besieged by an avalanche in the French Alps. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Friday, 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday.

The following weekend, April 24-26, the FIA Theater will present The Search for General Tso, which looks at the origins of Chinese-American food.

General admission is $6 with discounted prices available for FOMA and FIA members. On Fridays, couples can opt for the theater’s “Date Night” package, which includes two film tickets, two drinks and a cheese plate. It is available from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

For more information about the theater, visit www.flintarts.org/films or call 810-234-1695.

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Global Issues Film Festival Kicks Off Tonight at MCC

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Want to gain insight into the issues facing people around the world and right here in the United States? You’ll get the chance during the 13th annual Global Issues Film Festival.

Starting with a showing of “Half of a Yellow Sun” at 5 p.m. today, the film festival will also run Friday through Sunday, Nov. 21-23, at the Mott Community College Regional Technology Center Auditorium, 1401 E. Court St., Flint.

Films will explore issues from the Biafran struggle for independence, to innovative green initiatives, to the harsh reality of the Australian Aboriginal people. All films are free and open to the public. They include:

  • “Utopia”
  • “Deep Green”
  • “A Bridge Apart”
  • “Crossing Borders”
  • “The Wisdom to Survive: Capitalism, Climate Change & Community”

Get movie descriptions, dates and times here.

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IT CAME FROM KEARSLEY PARK

Beast_from_haunted_cave_1959Monsters!

Mayhem!

MOVIE NIGHT!

Saturday, June 28, 2014 Kearsley Park you are invited to a free movie night presented by the Flint Horror Convention.  For one night Kearlsey Park will be reminiscent of the drive-in movie experiences of old as we project 1950’s B-Movie classic THE BEAST FROM HAUNTED CAVE and invite everyone to bring their blankets, chairs, and snacks for an evening under the stars watching an old fashioned monster movie.  Everyone is invited to come out to the park early to claim their spots and to enjoy themselves a little early and we’ll start the show at 9:30PM.

This is an ALL AGES night of movies and fun so get those blankets ready, pop up some popcorn, and make sure to be in the park on June 28 for –

IT CAME FROM KEARSLEY PARK!

 

The Flint Horror Convention Presents –

IT CAME FROM KEARSLEY PARK

Kearsley Park is located off of Robert T. Longway Blvd., in Flint, MI

June 28, 2014

9:30PM Showtime

FREE!

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Parental Advisory – Film Will Feature Mild Scares

Sponsored by SYNAPSE FILMS

 

 

 

 

 

There’s Music And Movies In Store For You This Thursday!

FHC ROCKFor those daring souls in the mood for an early start to their weekend and a little excitement in their week they need look no further than Rock ‘N Roll In Your Grave, the first event of 2014 put on by the Flint Horror Convention.  This event will match the rollicking fun of rock music with the schlockiest of horror films to create an evening that fans won’t soon forget.  Local bands Free Will and Rot Mouth will take the stage at the Flint Local 432 starting just after 7PM and will get the evening going with their inspired brands of the rock many of us grew up with but tinged with a little grim cheer.  Following the bands will be a short intermission filled with classic movie trailers from some well-known ‘rock films’ before the evening’s feature film is presented – odd-ball rock classic Rock ‘N’ Roll Nightmare.  Rock ‘N’ Roll Nightmare is best known for its star, muscle-bound rock singer Thor, whose band was known for their over the top theatrics.  The film is the tale of an extreme rock band that sets up shop in an old farm house to record their newest record when creatures of darkness begin to appear and cause mischief, leaving it up to the band’s singer (Thor) to save the day.

With the weather finally starting to feel as if spring and summer are on their way it’s time to shake the cobwebs loose and get out and enjoy some tongue in cheek scares on the cheap at Rock ‘N Roll In Your Grave this Thursday.

 

ROCK ‘N ROLL OVER IN YOUR GRAVE

Thursday, May 8

7PM – 10PM

Flint Local 432 – 124 W. First Street

$5 Admission

Would You Like To Spend The Evening With THE EXORCIST?

The Exorcist (1973)This Thursday the Flint Institute of Arts and FOMA Films invite you to spend an evening with The Exorcist.  This showing is part of their BEST OF FOMA series where they bring back classic films back or little seen gems in for an evening.  THE EXORCIST is the classic chiller about a young girl who becomes possessed by a demonic force. The film was one of the first ‘blockbusters’ that changed the landscape of Hollywood and set off tremors of controversy that still register today.  THE EXORCIST is a brilliantly made film which is still able to send shivers down the spines of filmgoers and has definitely earned its reputation as a classic film.  The presentation of the film at the FIA will be the director’s cut.

THE EXORCIST director’s cut

Flint Institute of Arts Film Theater

Thursday, February 6, 2014

7:30PM

$2

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Film Fans Are In For A Scary Treat This Week At The Flint Institute Of Arts

room-237-movie-posterJust in time for Halloween the Friends of Modern Art at the Flint Institute of Arts have a scary treat in store for film fans this week as they show the horror classic The Shining on Thursday in anticipation of their premiere of the documentary on the film Room 237.  The Shining is the 1980 classic chiller starring Jack Nicholson as a frustrated writer who heads into the mountains of Colorado to take a job as the winter caretaker for a grand old hotel that just happens to be very haunted.  The film was made by legendary director Stanley Kubrick and has been the topic of heated debates and discussions over the years as to the meaning of some of the symbolism held within the film.  Room 237 is a recent documentary that presents many of the numerous theories on the symbolism, inspirations, and imagery behind The Shining and lets the viewer see which of the many theories they might believe and there’s no better way to get primed to see this documentary than to watch the film it explores first!

The Shining will be showing at the Flint Institute of Arts on Thursday, October 31 at 7:30PM in their theater and Room 237 will be showing this weekend on November 1, 2, and on the 3rd.

This is wonderful timing to see both The Shining and Room 237 as Halloween approaches with Winter close behind so treat yourself to a weekend of movies with one of film’s scariest classics.

The Shining

Flint Institute of Arts – Theater

Thursday, October 31 – 7:30PM

Room 237

Flint Institute of Arts – Theater

Friday, November 1 – 7:30PM

Saturday, November 2 – 7:30PM

Sunday, November 3 – 2PM

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