Q and A With The Haunted Drive-In’s “Projectionist”

As you may know, on Monday I received a rather interesting box in the mail, you can find that post with the unboxing video I did right here. Opening the burned package I found some film, parts of the trailer for the 1970’s King Kong, a bunch of greasy and smelly popcorn, and a handwritten note that had my nom de plume and a statement that read “The Haunted Drive-In Opens Soon…” and on the back of that note there was a YouTube address.

It would also seem that our very own Claymation Werewolf had received something similar on Monday as well, an envelope with a vintage flyer from the Starlight Starbright Family Drive-In. A little research earlier though states that the Drive-In had burned down around 60 years ago.

The Retroist it turns out has been getting submissions from someone concerning old movie theaters and Drive-In’s, but the contact e-mail was either wrong or the person didn’t want or couldn’t reply. I tried myself with the info the Retroist sent me but…I got nothing…until about 3 AM this morning when the Inbox revealed this: “Did you like your care package?”. Well, I can tell you that there was nothing frightening in the e-mail but after requesting a Q and A and receiving the answers back this evening we now have a better understanding of what is going on…sort of!

Thank you for taking the time to contact me…I see from your e-mail you are calling yourself the Projectionist…so is that your profession?

I’m pleased that you enjoyed your care package. Carl, my associate, has a way with finding things with his computers so I hope you did not find yourself too confused as to the meaning of the contents within that we sent.

I am in fact a Projectionist by trade, I have been as far back as I can remember. Longer sometimes than I find I wish to recall, even with all of the glorious features the Starlight Starbright had the privilege to share with the close-minded simpletons of Haddonfield I refuse to step down from my position as her caretaker.

That YouTube video you sent me caused me to try and dig up some information about the Starlight Starbright Drive-In…I found some information but it claims that a fire destroyed it 60 years ago. Are you carrying on the tradition in a way by using it’s name?

Those oh so noble and pure citizens TRIED to burn her down. Film endures and it always shall, while they stopped me from entertaining the masses for many a year, slowly I was able to rebuild the Starlight Starbright over the years but as I would learn from my associate, Carl, the youth of Haddonfield took to calling it the Haunted Drive-In. I felt it fitting to use the youthful description for her rebirth.

Why have you decided to contact us here at the Retroist?

Thanks to Carl I learned of the popularity of your “online” entertainment venue and with his help I made it known to the Retroist that I intended to share my expertise of the industry with those of your publication. I hope that you will forward the project I am working on with my assistant when it is ready for the public at large to witness, I believe you will find it to be of great interest.

On the outside of the “care package” you sent me, the sender’s name was “Carl”…who is that by chance?

Carl takes care of the menial tasks of the Haunted Drive-In.

I asked about six more questions but the Projectionist did not answer them…they ranged from what his favorite movie might be to if I can expect any more packages. I’ll update if I learn anything more!


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Searching through the alleys for useful knowledge in the city of Nostalgia. Huge cinema fanatic and sometimes carrier of the flame for the weirding ways of 80s gaming, toys, and television. When his wife lets him he is quite happy sitting in the corner eating buckets of beef jerky.

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