Drive In of Cecil County cancels remaining summer movies
— After less than six weeks of movies, the Drive In of Cecil County has canceled the rest of its summer schedule.
The company announced the cancellation Aug. 19, attributing it to various factors, including the heat, customers’ desire to see firstrun movies and an overall lack of attendance. The Drive In of Cecil County started showing movies at the Alpha Health Center in Elkton on July 8 and held its last showing, a double feature of “Grease” and “American Graffiti,” at the center on Aug. 6.
But Kevin Miksis and Brian Heusser, who together own Mason Dixon Pro-Tainment, which operates the drive-in, said Cecil County hasn’t seen the last of them.
“I just want the public to know we are in this for the long-term; we’re just postponing,” Miksis said Thursday. “But we will definitely pick up next season.”
Miksis noted the drive-in had also received complaints about its prices, with tickets going for $10 for adults and $5 for children. The extreme heat also didn’t help because it was unsafe for the equipment, as well as the staff and attendees, he added.
Miksis further explained that the reason the drive-in could not show first-run movies was due to regulations set by movie studios, which stipulate that first-run movies can’t be shown in temporary locations. He said studios are not paid royalties by those operating the showings in temporary locations.
To show first-run movies, Miksis said they would need to purchase a Digital Cinema Projector, an expensive piece of equipment, as well as connect to a server that will connect them directly to movie studios. He said the server will then communicate with the studio about whether the location has permission to screen the movie.
But Miksis said the focus going forward is to find a permanent location for the drive-in.
All the drive-in movies were shown at the Alpha Health Center this summer. The drive-in was supposed to move to the Perryville Outlets starting July 22, but decided not to because of the high rent the outlets wanted to charge, Miksis said.
The company is currently looking for a permanent location large enough to accommodate a few hundred cars and two movie screens. He said there are a few places in Elkton, just off main roads, that could work, but he declined to get into specifics about these locations since nothing has been finalized. In the past, Miksis said they were looking at at area off of Blue Ball Road in the Leeds area, but that location did not pan out due to opposition from neighbors.
Although, the drive-in movies have been cancelled, horror movies are scheduled to play at Acres of Agony Haunted Attraction, an upcoming Halloween-themed attraction to be located Hunter’s Sale Barn near Rising Sun, from Sept. 23 to Oct. 31, Miksis said.
The Drive In of Cecil County has canceled the rest of its summer movie schedule.
This stretch of Route 282 from Cecilton to the Delaware border will be repaved over the next six weeks.