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Mahoning Drive In reopening to kick off with gala event

Published April 02. 2013 05:02PM

The Mahoning Drive In is hosting a huge gala event in its reopening of the Drive In in Lehighton on April 19-20-21

There will be bounce houses, trains, face painting and three movies.

Also, there will be Hollywood stars there to include Vinny Vella (Casino, Analize This) and more. Also appearing is Rich Rossi, New York International Film Festival Director, actor in a Ben Stiller movie, He's Way More Famous Then You, and countless others.

They will be there signing autographs and talking about their new movie Saving Little Italy, which is starring some very high powered Hollywood people and some very big names and more to come.

There will be a Sock Hop that night (Friday April 19) and winners will be winning a trip to Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida and more. On Saturday, the festivites continue with live music from Lasermedia, who has done tunes for The Doobie Brothers as well as Frank Sinatra.

The entire event is centered around saving the Mahoning Drive In which must go digital this year or go dark. The Mahoning has been a staple since 1948 and is an American Icon.

Another issue that the Drive In is planning is a second and possibly a third screen that will again keep it competitive with all other theaters. It already has low prices. Among the things being done is the

lighting of the neon sign out front on the Marquee. Folks have not seen that sign lit up for years and now its being done along with fresh painting and memorials to people. The Mahoning is building a brick

planter box out front at the box office with peoples names as well as new tiles with those purchasing a brick or tile to keep the memories going. Also benches outside will have the same thing with plaques

honoring those that want to keep the theater alive.

All this is being done through a fundraiser on the Facebook page of the Drive In and a special account has been set up by Mike the manager to account for it all and do provide security that all funds are being used for the Drive In.

The Gala event is scheduled Friday Saturday and Sunday, April 19-20-21and for one price each day, you get to meet Hollywood stars and have fun and watch movies (3 of them) Come out and support The Mahoning Drive In.

Mahoning Drive In is a proud member of the Carbon County Chamber Of Commerce.

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