Athens Cine Drive-In Film Series Returns for Summer and Fall

Cine has announced the return of its drive-in film series for summer and fall 2022. The first film to screen will be George Lucas’ 1977 classic, “Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope,” on Saturday 14 May in the General Time car park in Athens. ground. Advance tickets went on sale May 6.

Although an official schedule for the season has not yet been confirmed, last summer’s schedule consisted of a wide range of well-known hits from ‘Back to the Future’, ‘The Goonies’ and ‘Jurassic Park’. to “Do the Right Thing”, “Jaws” and “The Shining”.

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Moviegoers take concessions and sit as the sun sets during the opening night of Cine's drive-in theater in Athens, Georgia on Tuesday, June 1, 2021. The theater showed

The Drive-In Cine debuted June 1, 2021 with a sold-out screening of “Mad Max: Fury Road” and concluded the season with a double feature of the 1978 original “Halloween” and its sequel. of 1981 on October 1. 30. The events have proven to be a successful alternative to traditional theatre, where attendance has remained down due to COVID-19 related security concerns.

“Schlocktoberfest,” Ciné’s annual horror film festival, screened exclusively at the drive-in instead of the Hancock Avenue indoor theater, giving guests the unique retro experience of seeing cult classics like “Texas Chain Saw Massacre” and “Evil Dead 2” back to back like 1980s audiences might have.

Last summer, Ciné Drive-In attendees often showed up with tailgating gear, picnic tables and pets and socialized with friends and neighbors during the hour between parking 8 p.m. and the 9 p.m. show. Parents of kids too young to have gone to see a drive-in during the format’s heyday showed up week after week.

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(LR) shows Nate Mitchell and Tatiana Veneruso "Mad Max: Fury Road" during the opening night of the Cine Drive-In General Time in Athens, Georgia on Tuesday, June 1, 2021.

The May 14 “Star Wars” screening will take place less than two weeks before the premiere of the Disney+ streaming series “Obi-Wan Kenobi,” which details the life of the Jedi Master (Ewan McGregor) as he meets the young Luke Skywalker (Grant Feely) for the first time.

General Time Athens is located at 100 Newton Bridge Road. For tickets and schedule updates, visit athenscine.com/drive-in.

Andrea G. Henderson