Drive In of Cecil County evokes nostalgia for movie-lovers
— Nostalgia fans were thrilled with the Drive In of Cecil County, which held its debut Friday night near the site of the long-gone drive-in theater.
“This is great,” said Dave Lascko of Elkton, as he surveyed the ever-growing number of cars arriving at Alpha Health Center to watch the double-feature of movies being shown by Mason Dixon Pro-tainment. “You gotta love this.”
David Shoun and Holly Welch traveled from Co-
chranville, Pa., to sit in deck chairs and watch Goosebumps and “Jurassic World” on the huge inflatable screen.
“It’s been 35 years since I’ve been to a drive-in,” Shoun said. He saw information about the drive-in on social media earlier this year. When the inaugural dates were announced, he and Welch made their plans.
“We’ve been looking forward to this for several months,” Shoun said.
Mason Dixon Pro-tainment partners Kevin Miksis and Brian Heusser only have one weekend in Elkton. Miksis, who gave credit to the own- ers of Alpha Health Center for making the Elkton debut possible, said the permitting process became prohibitive. Starting July 22, the drive-in will operate out of Perryville Outlets.
“Perryville will work with us,” Miksis said. “They were very excited to make this happen.”
While the theater operates weekends through the end of August, Heusser said he and Miksis are making more permanent plans.
“We have a 34-acre farm
we’ll be leasing,” Heusser said. The property off Blue Ball Road in the Leeds area would become more than a drive-in, with plans for two movie screens, basketball courts and concession stands.
Weather permitting it could operate most of the year, he said. The partners are working through the permitting process. Heusser thinks it could work, since it works elsewhere.
“There’s a drive-in in Texas that has seven screens,” he noted.
On Friday movie-goers paid $10 for adults and $5 for children, which Miksis noted is a good deal for a double feature. He added that first run movies would be on the bill for the Leeds location.
“I like the food and this really, really big TV,” joked Jordan Fair, 12, from Newark, Del.
William Fair was among those finding nos- talgia in the concept of sitting in his pick up truck with the soundtrack coming from his radio tuned to 88.5 FM.
“I went to the drive-in as a kid. It was awesome. I think this is awesome,” he said.
While she watched her grandsons blow bubbles and play before the movies began, Robin Slater said she wished that the admission price posting she found had been clearer. When she reserved her spot online all she learned was that the car was free. Slater didn’t realize there was a cost until she arrived.
Her husband, Steve Slater, just rolled with the punches, enjoying the food purchased at the Crave Eatery food truck.
“I’m just here because she wants me to be here,” he said. “I’ll just eat some mac-ncheese and take a nap.”
Heather Walters sat in the back of the family van with her husband Scott and sons Cooper and Weston.
“It’s about time Cecil County got more attractions and activities,” Walters said. “We like that we can pile in the back of the van and have a family night.”
Holly Welch and David Shoun from Cochranville, Pa. sit in chairs while the Fair family, from Newark, Del., gets comfortable in the bed of their pickup at The Drive In of Cecil County on Friday night in Elkton.