Drive-in theaters across Northeast Pennsylvania are getting ready to re-open for the season.
Circle Drive-In, 1911 Scranton Carbondale Highway, Dickson City, will open Friday, March 19, with a showing of “Tom & Jerry” at 7:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at the box office an hour before the scheduled film or at circledrive-in.com.
Joe Calabro, president of Circle Drive-in, said the venue has a lot planned for the upcoming season.
“We have new movies including ‘Godzilla,’ ‘Black Widow’ (and) ‘Peter Rabbit 2’ that we will be carrying through the season, and we are going to continue the concert series, which was a huge hit last year,” he said .
Circle Drive-In also plans to host high school and college graduations and its Circle Flea Fair, which will occur on Sundays from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.
“Although, we have been closed, we spent a lot of time over the winter planning (this season) and paying attention to everyone’s safety,” Calabro said.
Mahoning Drive-In Theater, 635 Seneca Road, Lehighton, will open with screenings of “The Wizard of Oz” and “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” on Friday, April 2. The first film starts at 6 p.m.
There also will be chances to win a Golden Ticket signed by Paris Themmen, who starred as Mike Teevee in the 1971 film.
Tickets for opening weekend cost $10 and are for sale at mahoningdit.com.
Mahoning Drive-In Theater also announced this week a new way to support the theater that includes access to exclusive content, discounts, merchandise and more for a monthly fee. Special access ranges from $4.99 to $19.99 and is available at patreon.com/mahoningdrivein.
Garden Drive-In, 20 Route 11, Hunlock Creek, plans to reopen at the beginning of April, according to its Facebook page.
For updated showtimes and events, check with individual theaters.
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