Drive-In Movies Return to Leitersburg for Ten-Day Festival

Hagerstown, Maryland - Leitersburg Cinemas and the local events guide, What’s NXT, are extending the summer movie season with a 10-day Outdoor Movie and Drive-In event.  Each evening from September 27 through October 6, they will offer a double feature of some of the summer’s biggest on-screen hits.

“We want to bring back the nostalgia of the Hager Drive-In, which was a staple of the community for 20 years,” said Pieter Bickford, Editor-in-Chief of What’s NXT.  “The outdoor movie event is an affordable, safe and fun family experience unlike anything offered around town.”

The drive-in theater market has seen a sharp decline over the years.  In the 1950’s, over 4,000 drive-in theaters were in operation nationwide.  According to the United Drive-In Theater Owners Association (UDITOA), there were 357 “operational, permanently constructed, commercially operated US Drive-Ins” as of March 13, 2013, only three of which are located within 60 miles of Hagerstown.

The decline can most likely be attributed to availability of first-run films, the expansion of the video rental market, and the increase in real estate values in the 1980’s and 90’s, which encouraged many landowners to sell to developers.  Another factor is the film industry’s conversion from 35 mm film to digital, which requires all theaters nationwide to covert by the end of this year.

“The conversion to digital is a very expensive undertaking, one which many drive-ins simply cannot afford,” said Rich Daughtridge, co-owner of Leitersburg Cinemas.

The Outdoor Movie and Drive-In will offer three ticket options Lawn Seating, where patrons can bring a chair or blanket and watch movies under the stars; Drive-In Parking, which is the old-school parking spots many locals remember; and Outdoor VIP, featuring the popular VIP recliners from Leitersburg Cinemas.

“We are recommending that everyone bring a chair with them,” said Andrew Larson, General Manager of Leitersburg Cinemas.  “We expect the parking spots to fill up, so we have a spacious lawn area for outdoor seating.”

Mark your calendar for this unique event to be held at the old Hager Drive-In behind Leitersburg Cinemas, located at 20145 Leitersburg Pike in Hagerstown, Maryland.  Movies will be shown rain or shine.  Gates open at 6 p.m. and the first movie will begin at 7:15.  Pizza, popcorn, hot dogs, nachos, pretzels, candy and soda will be available for purchase.  No outside food or drink will be permitted.

Cost is $8 for adults, $4 for children 12 and under.  Limited VIP seating in comfy recliners will be available for $12 (first come, first serve).  For more details about the Outdoor Movie and Drive-In event, visit http://www.WhatsNXT.com or www.LeitersburgCinemas.com.

Movie Schedule

Friday, September 27 – Sunday, September 29
-  Despicable Me 2
-  Iron Man 3

Monday, September 30 – Thursday, October 3
-  Despicable Me 2
-  Retro:  Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)

Friday, October 4 – Sunday, October 6
-  Monsters University
-  World War Z