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:


FANTASY ISLAND (1977) A unique resort island in the Pacific Ocean run by the mysterious overseer, Mr. Roarke (Ricardo Montalban), offers its visitors an experience like no other… their every fantasy! However, what actually happens to the paying guests is for more than they actually expect. In this, the original pilot movie for the TV series, we find wealthy businesswoman Eunice Hollander Baines (Eleanor Parker) wanting to attend her own funeral; jaded big game hunter Paul Henley (Hugh O’Brien) becoming the prey; and World War II veteran Arnold Greenwood (Bill Bixby) reviving his romance with a woman he met in England during a bombing by Germany. Of course nothing plays out the way our three “guests” hope it will since each story is presented with a nice little twist. The original Fantasy Island pilot film was a little darker that the series became after the first few episodes, and much darker that other late 70s and 80s television series ever dreamed of, with a less-than-happy ending and introduction to the first regular episode. It’s well worth the watch. Especially if you haven’t ever seen it, or haven’t seen it since its original run. Originally broadcast on January 14, 1977; Fantasy Island is our made for TV movie pick of the show this time around.

THE GOLDEN AGE OF COMEDY SHOWCASE: ABBOTT AND COSTELLO - This time around, we’re focusing on the golden age comedy team of Bud Abbott and Lou Costello. While cashiering at the Brooklyn theater in 1931, vaudeville and burlesque “straight-man” Bud Abbott substituted for comic Lou Costello’s ill straight-man. The two clicked almost immediately and formed their famous comedy team. Throughout the 1930s they worked burlesque, minstrel shows, vaudeville and movie houses. In 1938, they found themselves on radio in the Kate Smith radio show, signed with Universal Pictures in 1939, and made their film debut in ONE NIGHT IN THE TROPICS (1940), which got them their first starring roles in BUCK PRIVATES (1941), which launched their way to movie stardom (and a run of 15 films between 1941 and 1945) and a long run as the most popular comedy team in America. After WWII their careers started slipping, until they made a big comeback in ABBOTT AND COSTELLO MEET FRANKENSTEIN (1948), which may have dealt a real blow to the classic Universal Monsters, but revived their careers in a big way. They continued to make movies and had their own television show that run from 1953 until 1954 (and ran until 1957 in reruns). Their film career petered out in the mid-1950s and the team split up in 1957 leaving a legacy unmatched by most of their peers.

We will be celebrating a little slice of classic Laurel & Hardy comedy with a couple of their television shows, a terrific reel of theatrical Abbott and Costello film trailers, and their classic comeback film, ABBOTT AND COSTELLO MEET FRANKENSTEIN, a true fan favorite. 

Check everything out in the following order -

THE ABBOTT AND COSTELLO SHOW (1953) “The Charity Bazaar” - Bud and Lou are selling ticket’s for Lou’s girl Hillary’s charity bazaar. Lou ends up at the kissing both, Bud falls for the initiation into the “buzzing bee club”, and the guy pull out a couple of classic routines.

THE ABBOTT AND COSTELLO SHOW (1953) “Safari” - Bud’s girl, Hillary is caring for Bingo the Chimp, who is suffering from a high fever. Lou understands “monkey talk” and tells her that Bingo is home sick and doesn’t want to live any longer. So Bud, Lou, Hillary, Mike the Cop, and their landlord, Mr. Fields all head to the jungles of America to find Bingo’s family. While wandering alone in the jungle, Lou stumbles upon a large gorilla, runs away, and it follows him back to camp…

THE ABBOTT AND COSTELLO TRAILER REEL - Here’s a terrific collection of seven original theatrical Abbott and Costello film trailers, a classic cartoon, and original intermission and snack bar spots. In other words, one of the usual enjoyable Wasteland Intermission reels!

ABBOTT AND COSTELLO MEET FRANKENSTEIN (1948) Abbott and Costello are a couple of bumbling freight handlers when the remains of Frankenstein’s monster (Glenn Strange) and Dracula (Bela Lugosi) arrive from Europe to be used in a house of horrors attraction. Dracula naturally awakens and escapes with the weakened monster, who he plans to re-energize and give a new brain. Larry Talbot, the Wolfman (Lon Chaney, Jr.) arrives from London in an attempt to thwart Dracula’s plans. Dracula and his reluctant assistant, Dr. Sandra Mornay (Lenore Aubert) abduct Lou for his brain and recharge the monster in preparation for the surgery. Bud and Talbot attempt to find and free Lou, but when the full moon rises, all hell breaks loose with the Wolfman, Dracula, and Frankenstein all running rampant.


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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Here are the movies we are showing on DVD Projection:

Gunga Jim Presents: WEREWOLF VS. THE VAMPIRE WOMEN (1971)  Gunga Jim once again brings Gunga’s Drive-In to the CW Show with the Paul Naschy horror classic, WEREWOLF VS. THE VAMPIRE WOMEN. Elvira (Gaby Fuchs) and Genevieve (Barbara Cape) are traveling through the French countryside searching for the lost tomb of medieval murderess and vampire, Countess Wandessa (Patty Shepard). They come across a likely site in the castle home of Waldemar Daninsky (Paul Naschy in the 4th of 13 films he portrayed the character), who invites the girls to stay as long as they would like. As Waldemar shows Elvira the tomb that supposedly houses the remains of the Countess, Elvira accidentally brings the vampire Countess back to life, hungrier than ever. Can the reluctant werewolf, Waldemar Danisky, save the two girls from becoming Countess Wandessa’s next victims or will he himself meet his demise at her hands?

HOBGOBLINS (1988) Old film studio secret guard, McCreedy (James R. Sweeney) is training new guy Kevin (Tom Bartlett) when he reluctantly tells him about the alien Hobgoblins he has stashed away in a studio vault. Nobody really believes him, and the studio head doesn’t care about anything but making a profit, so he’s been guarding the little dogeared aliens that kill people by giving them their heart’s desire since… and twisting into something sinister and deadly, for years. Kevin is a bit of a wuss, but is manned with the task of rounding up and killing the Hobgoblins when they escape captivity. His bratty and virginal girlfriend Amy (Paige Sullivan), buddy Kyle (Steven Boggs), sluttish Daphne (Kelley Palmer), and Daphne’s macho, sex-crazed and trigger happy boyfriend Nick (Billy Frank) who is just back from basic training, all wind up helping Kevin hunt the creatures. But will their “heart’s desires” do them all in before they can kill or recapture the nasty little creatures before the job is done? Catch CW friend Duane Whitaker in the lengthily bar scene as “Roadrash”, the bouncer and hustler. I always find it funny when the truly clueless “movie douche’s” bag on fun flicks like Hobgoblins… It’s not like any of them have actually ever made a film themselves, and I’m sure they don’t have an ounce of talent to even get a family reunion video shot on their phone. But the world is filled with pathetic posers that like to talk shit about anything and everything. Especially movies they probably haven’t even watched, or watched all the way through. Here at Cinema Wasteland, we appreciate quality cheese, and Hobgoblins delivers in that department. Give it a watch… preferably with a few cold beers and a couple shots of cheap bourbon and you’ll get why we think it’s more entertaining than 99% of whatever Hollywood has shit out of its pathetically unoriginal unwashed asshole since they effectively tried to kill off independent cinema in the 1980s.


THE HARDCORE WRESTLING HOUR - Always a popular way to kick off Saturday mornings, the original Hardcore Wrestling Hour expanded to a couple of hours several years back and moved to opening the show on Friday. This time around, we venture back to the days of Japanese death match wrestling of the 1990s when barbed wire ruled, and bloodshed filled the ring. Don’t miss it!

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