Retro horror movie marathons are taking place at two Albany, NY area drive-in theaters on (most appropriately) Friday Oct. 13 and Saturday Oct. 14, 2017 to bring on the Halloween season.
The Greenville Drive-in Theater, in Greenville, NY is presenting “Triple Terror-O-Rama” with one of Vincent Price’s most popular films, The Abominable Dr. Phibes (1971), along with George Romero and Stephen King favorite Creep Show (1982) and drive-in Euro-horror classic The She Beast (1966) starring horror icon Barbara Steele.
Just 13 miles away, The Hi-Way Drive-in Theater in Coxsackie is offering a four-feature program both nights of horror/science fiction films from mostly the 1950’s: The Incredible Shrinking Man (1957), King Kong Escapes (1967), Tarantula (1955) and It Came From Outer Space (1953). The same program is scheduled for both nights, but Saturday will have them shown in reverse order.
These kind of Halloween season horror movie marathons used to be staples of the Halloween season at drive-in theaters across the country during the hey-day of the medium from the 1950’s through the 1970’s. The still-operating Greenville and Hi-Way drive-ins’ owners want to bring back that spirit of nostalgia, including the same great movies that actually played those earlier programs.
Just like in the old days, the Greenville Drive-in show is also incorporating a pre-show and the intermissions of several vintage horror movie trailers and old Warner Bros horror-themed cartoons.
Horror movie fans can pick which show they’d like to attend, or they can stay overnight to attend both events. The Greenville and Coxsackie area offers many budget-priced hotels/motels or camping at the drive-ins is available.
The magic of crystal-clear, digital projection at both drive-ins has made these kind of retro programs possible, as quality 35 mm film prints no longer exist of many of the older films. Meanwhile, previous vintage film programs have recently attracted sizable crowds at the two drive-ins, as well as at drive-ins throughout New York and Pennsylvania.