Summer blockbuster season is upon us.
With the release of “Avengers: Age of Ultron” this weekend, we march into the annual parade of big budget, must-see movies. The ones with cereals, candy, fast food and toy tie-ins. The ones you know you have to see.
I love these movies. An artsy foreign film has its place, and a brainy epic can be awesome, but there is nothing like a movie that makes the whole audience gasp and shriek and cheer together at all the right times.
And seeing them in the right place is part of the fun. Sure, a multiplex is great. You get good snack options and you’ve got to love stadium seating.
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I am shameless in my love of the Rowland with its soaring ceilings and Victorian atmosphere, but that isn’t the only choice in the Moshannon Valley.
Not any more. Blockbuster season means something else for us. It means the Super 322 Drive-In is open again.
The gates at the old school outdoor venue with it’s classic 1950’-era neon sign out front open every year, late spring, welcoming patrons back for a summer of thrills, chills, laughs, love and out-of-this-world adventures that make visiting the movies more than a way to spend two hours. A night at Super 322 is never passive. It is more than a big screen. It is as big as a screen can get. It isn’t surround sound. It is 360 degrees of atmosphere that simultaneously takes you to the newest movies and an old-fashioned experience.
It is families watching together, neighbors parked side-by-side while the kids play between the cars.
It’s also the kind of value you seldom see at the movies anymore, a double feature for the same price many places charge for one ticket, maybe even a matinee.
Pass the popcorn.