Stage set for McHenry Outdoor Super Hero Night Aug. 24

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Contacts: Brian Grams, director, Volo Auto Museum

(815) 385-3644;

and Scott Dehn, president, Golden Age Cinemas

(815) 307-5515;


Stage set for McHenry Outdoor Super Hero Night Aug. 24


McHENRY — Aug. 24 is Super Hero Night at the McHenry Outdoor Theater, and the fun will begin even before customers claim a parking spot.


More than a dozen super heroes from Costumers With a Cause will greet people on their way in, said Brian Grams, director of the Volo Auto Museum, which has joined forces with the Outdoor as well as Radio Station 102.3 XLC this summer in the Outdoor’s Drive to Stay Alive.


“The Aug. 24 drive-in event is turning into something really big,” Grams said. “Batman, Robin, Batgirl, Spiderman, Superman and others will be mingling within the crowd and available to pose for a memorable family photo … lots of people are chipping in to make it an unforgettable night.”


Showing will be “Man of Steel” and “Dark Knight,” and the drawing for the “Man of Steel” pickup truck donated by the Volo Auto Museum will take place at intermission. Gates will open at 6:30 p.m.


Volo will display its Batmobile, and Black Beauty from “The Green Hornet.” KITT from the 2008 Knight Rider TV series will be there as well. Added to all of that, 102.3 XLC will be doing a live broadcast.


“I’ll be bringing my kids there,” Grams said. “It’s going to be a really great time.”


The truck giveaway promotion and Super Hero Night are part of an overall effort to save the drive-in, which must invest about $130,000 in a new digital projector and projector booth upgrades lest it be left in the dust when movie studios stop issuing movies on film. Theater owner Scott Dehn said that is a move that studios have been insisting is imminent for the past couple of years.


Dehn added that fundraising is continuing, and the promotion has been terrifically effective in raising awareness.


“I would say (attendance) has been a good 20 percent better than any of the best years that I can remember,” said Dehn, who bought the theater in 2012 after six years as its manager. “I think remaining open is doable.”


In the Drive to Stay Alive, each customer is a super hero. Be sure to be a part of the fun Aug. 24. Admission is $10 per adult, $5 for children 11 and younger. For other information, find Super Hero Night on Facebook.