Last Friday night was a Guerilla Drive-In showing. We had planned to show Cannonball Run II at the Marsh Creek Speedway (check out those AWESOME seventies rental go-karts, which still run and are for sale), but the Friday night racing got rained out.
So we showed the movie at TheNote instead, which is the new music venue in West Chester. Here’s the best my iPhone could do: (BTW, “Cannonball Run II is the full Rat Pack’s last appearance on film, which is why you see Dean and Sammy here):
I asked them at the 11th hour (lunchtime on Friday), and they had four bands booked that night, but they were really hospitable and squeezed us in anyway. Which lead to some surreal moments — like when I was setting up the screen and the tripod, and a genial fellow asked me what I was showing, and I was telling him, and then I realized I was talking to Phil Margera. Bam Margera is an investor in the club.
Jackie Chan’s fight scenes got lots of applause from the bar behind us, and professional sound-guy Vaughn (sp?) patched the Commando Projector directly into his sound board, with the result that it ACTUALLY SOUNDED LIKE WE WERE AT THE MOVIES for the very first time, instead of enduring a wave of pain. I have a _lot_ to learn about sound. While the movie was going on, the bands were getting set up behind the screen.
The Note has a great stage, and has only been open for a few weeks — if you’re in West Chester, you should definitely check it out! There’s a feed of upcoming events.
The next Guerilla Drive-In showing is coming up on October 25th, and it’s going to be a good one.