Films and Events


* MOVIE, MOVIES and more MOVIES! We cram in as many classic Drive-In movies, independent films and shorts as we can pack into a weekend. You’ll find movies and shorts on real 16mm film in our 200 seat “Film Room” and all kinds of indy films, shorts, and guest related features in our smaller, 100+ seat “DVD projection Room” all weekend long.

* Q&A Sessions, Live Movie Commentaries, Guest Talks and Movie Introductions... Our guests are always willing to interact with attending fans, and we’ve come up with all kinds of fun stuff for them to do over the years. Let’s see what we come up with for the next show shall we?

* SURPRISES and MORE SURPRISES! With most of the shows we run, things fall together a few weeks before show time. Be sure to check back as the show draws closer to see if we may have a surprise guest addition, extra film screening, or special event added to the weekend schedule.

* EVERY CINEMA WASTELAND MOVIE AND MEMORABILIA EXPO offers attending fans over 60 Hours worth of Movies and Programming over the course of three days. And it’s all 100% Free with the price of admission. It can be a bit overwhelming, so be sure to check over the complete Weekend Schedule of Films and Events before you arrive so you can plot out your weekend early. The Weekend Schedule is usually posted 3 or 4 weeks before any given show.


You can't have a "Movie Convention" without them, can you? ABSOLUTELY NOT! And we plan on showing plenty of films on both 16mm Film and Video at Cinema Wasteland - Many of which may be hosted by the Stars and Directors appearing as Guests at the show. Our evening film show is Free to all attendees and hotel guests.

Here are the movies we are showing on 16mm film:


BEYOND EVIL (1980) Architect Larry Andrews (John Saxon) and his wife Barbara (Linda Day George) move into an old colonial mansion on a remote Southern island. Legend has it that the house is haunted by a woman that practiced black magic and returned from the grave to kill her philandering husband. And sure enough, soon after moving in, Barbara starts to act very strangely. It’s not long before Larry’s friends and associates start to die in mysterious circumstances, and he begins to think something just may be up with Barbara. Larry seeks help from Dr. Solomon (David Opatoshu), the local faith healer, who tells him that she’s been possessed by Alma (Janice Lynde), the previous owner and sorceress. The creepier this horror-turkey tries, the sillier it gets. And Barbara’s green, laser-blasting eyeballs just may invite honest laughter. Still, it’s truly 100 percent Wasteland all the way!

THE GOLDEN AGE OF COMEDY SHOWCASE: LAUREL AND HARDY - This time around, we’re focusing on the golden age comedy team that, in our opinion, will go down in history as having the best timing out of any comedy team can name: Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy. They both started in the silent age of film, and were teamed together by Hal Roach in 1926. They became a huge hit as a comedy team and easily transitioned into the era of sound, going from two-reel comedies to feature films in 1931. In the 1940s they left Roach and signed with Twentieth Century Fox for their final few years.

We will be celebrating a little slice of classic Laurel & Hardy comedy with a couple of the Shorts they did with Hal Roach as well as a Feature Film they made for Fox. 

Check everything out in the following order -

*Laurel and Hardy shorts to be announced.

A-HAUNTING WE WILL GO (1942) Kicked out of town for vagrancy, Laurel and Hardy answer an ad to take a coffin (containing a very much alive gangster disguised as a corpse) to Dayton. On the train ride to Dayton, they encounter Dante the Magician and somehow wind up as assistants in his act. The gangsters show up looking for the coffin, which somehow ends up a prop in the show, and of course the usual Laurel and Hardy antics occur. The comedy isn’t quite as over-the-top as it was in most of the Hal Roach produced shorts and features, but this is far from the worst film they released.

HUSH… HUSH, SWEET CHARLOTTE (1964) Aged, wealthy Charlotte Hollis (Bette Davis) has lived as a recluse in her crumbling family plantation in Louisiana since her father Sam’s death thirty-six years earlier. Other than a short stint in London following the murder of her lover, John Mayhew (Bruce Dern), during one of her father’s legendary grand balls, Charlotte has pretty much spent her life on the plantation. She and John had planned to run off the night he was murdered. Nobody was ever convicted for his murder, but most people believe that Charlotte killed him. They also believe that she is just a crazy old woman that has hidden herself away. The only people who regularly see her is her hard-as-nails Housekeeper Velma (Agnes Moorehead), and her longtime friend and physician, Dr. Drew Bayliss (Joseph Cotten). One day, her younger cousin Miriam (Olivia de Havilland) arrives to help Charlotte clean out the plantation because the state has plans to run a highway through the property. Charlotte has no intention of giving up her family home, and it would seem that her mental state hits a sharp decline, but is Charlotte really the crazy old lady that people think she is, or is something a little more sinister happening here? This terrific horror-crime-mystery flick was director Robert Aldrich’s follow-up to his equally as good horror-thriller, What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962).

THE MANITOU (1978) Karen Tandy (Susan Strasberg) heads to the doctor after the mysterious tumor growing on the back of her neck doubles in size in just three days. Doctors think it may actually be some sort of living creature growing inside the tumor and “bombard it with enough x-rays to see through Fort Knox.” Her friend, fortune teller and huckster Harry Erskine (Tony Curtis) dismisses it until one of his customers begins speaking in tongues and throws herself down a flight of stairs. When they try and remove the tumor, Karen’s surgeon attempts to cut off his own hand rather than excise the tumor and Harry knows things are not right. He seeks help from fellow fortune teller, Amanda Crusoe (Stella Stevens) and her husband in an attempt to figure out the cause of these weird supernatural events. Eventually they enlist the aid of Indian medicine man John Singing Rock (Michael Ansara) who figures out that a 400 year old Indian spirit known as a Manitou is attempting to be reborn more powerful than ever. Can our motley crew save Karen and prevent the vengeful spirit from causing Hell on Earth?… Find out in this enjoyable and often over-the-top horror film from director William Girdler.


SATURDAY MORNING CARTOON HOUR -Resident horror host, Son of Ghoul, will once again put together an hour’s worth of original cartoons to kick off Saturday morning. We give him free reign to screen any cartoons he’d like, so you never know what he’ll dig up. To give fans somewhere to go while waiting for the Vendor and Guest Room to open, cartoons kick off at 9:30am on Saturday mornings in MOVIE ROOM 1. Grab yourself a cup of coffee and stop in and see what’s in store this time around.

THE THREE STOOGES HOUR - It’s been a tradition since the very first Cinema Wasteland Show to screen Three Stooges shorts on Saturday morning. Resident horror host, Son of Ghoul, took over the job of sorting out which Stooge shorts to run when he mentioned that he owned every short on 16mm film. Stooge hour moved from early mornings to Noon on Saturday and the rest, as they say, is Wasteland history.


WASTELAND INTERMISSION REELS -Brand new intermission reels will once again screen between our Friday and Saturday night double features (and again on Sunday) between the 16mm film screenings at our next show. Chock full of assorted movie trailers, cartoons, old intermission and snack bar spots and public service announcements, these twenty minute reels will bring back memories of drive-in days gone by and are always a big hit with our attendees.

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