On Saturday, June 24th, The Mahoning Drive-In Theater asks, “What do you do when you’ve done it all?”
Get ready to hop in the car and head for the horizon as we present the classic all-star no-rules road race comedies THE CANNONBALL RUN (1981) and CANNONBALL RUN II (1984), along with rare footage and special surprises!
The Cannonball Baker Sea-To-Sea Memorial Trophy dash was an actual underground road race launched by CAR & DRIVER editor Brock Yates in the early 70s, and was twice the subject of a big screen treatment before the stars aligned with Hal Needham’s THE CANNONBALL RUN in 1981 (produced by Al Ruddy, who gave us THE GODFATHER!), one of the most popular films of that year, starring Burt Reynolds, Dom DeLuise, Farrah Fawcett, Dean Martin, Adrienne Barbeau, Sammy Davis, Jr, Roger Moore, Jackie Chan and countless others, not to mention the sleek 1979 Lamborghini Countach LP 400 S, the dream car of a generation. A wild, stunt-filled, laugh-a-mile adaptation that’s more fact-based than most viewers ever realized, it launched a million scofflaw daydreams and Cannonball record attempts that continue to this day. We’re thrilled to present a rare 35mm print of this haven of highway hooliganism on the big screen, where you can sit behind the wheel of your own mean machine and virtually head for the Portofino Inn with the rest of the wacky racers.
We follow that with the equally all-star and arguably sillier sequel, CANNONBALL RUN II (presented digitally), with our old pals out for high-speed cross-country vehicular mayhem once again, interrupted by mobsters, melees and monster trucks! Featuring returning cast members Reynolds, DeLuise, Jamie Farr, and Jack Elam, and new petrol pals Don Knotts, Catherine Bach, Charles Nelson Reilly, Frank Sinatra and a limo-driving orangutan! Plus, a theme song by Menudo!
We’re inviting former Cannonball racers and their cars to join us for this once-in-a-lifetime screening and celebration of these Burt Reynolds/Hal Needham classics, with more details to be announced!
Gates at 6pm each night. Showtime at Sundown.
General Ticket: $10 (per person) - General+Extended Pass: $20 (per person)
Kids Pricing: $8 General Ticket for 13yrs & under.
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