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“Freddy Fest” a success at Mahoning Drive-In

Some call it scary season. Some call it spooky season.

The perfect place to enjoy Halloween festivities is the Mahoning Drive-In Theater. The venue has many exciting events this month.

Last weekend was “Freddy Fest,” which featured classic productions such as “New Nightmare,” “976-EVIL,” “A Nightmare on Elm Street 2,” and “Freddy vs. Jason.”

There was certainly star power at the venue over the weekend.

Lisa Wilcox, known for her role as Alice Johnson in “A Nightmare on Elm Street 4,” was on site for the festivities.

“I just wanted to say I had such a fantastic, memorable experience at the Mahoning Drive-In,” Wilcox said. “I will never, ever forget it. It’s such a beautiful spot. To learn its history, and all of the people walking around with their dogs and families, it was a great family experience.

“It was so neat to see it in a drive-in. I haven’t seen in it in a long time. It feels like I filmed Nightmare 4 last month. It’s such a different ambience watching it outside at a drive-in theater.”

Mark Patton, star of “A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge,” as well as Toy Newkirk and Ken Sagoes, who played roles in the series, were also in attendance over the weekend.

“As one of the few entertainment businesses still open during the pandemic, it affords us a lot of new opportunities for shows,” said J.T. Mills, Production Designer and Set Director at Mahoning.

There’s much more on the horizon in the near future at the drive-in.

“On Halloween weekend, we are partnering up with Monster-Mania Convention to host an event with stars Sandy Johnson, Judith Myers from 1978’s “Halloween” and special effects master Tom Savini,” Mills added.

After Monster-Mania, the last show of the season is set for Nov. 1.

The drive-in will show a pair of “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre” films with Bill Moseley from “House of 1,000 Corpses” and “The Devil’s Rejects” on site.

“Freddy Fest” was full of movie stars and cosplaying fun for everyone. From left, J.T. Mills, Lisa Wilcox and Steve Mills. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO