Need a bigger boat? People huddle in cars for 'Jaws,' 'Twister' at McHenry Outdoor Theater

  • From left, Andrew Pierce of McHenry, Bonnie Spriester of Mundelein and Melanie Manahan of Crystal Lake snuggle with their dog Leo, who was at his first movie as the McHenry Outdoor Theater in McHenry reopens Friday.

      From left, Andrew Pierce of McHenry, Bonnie Spriester of Mundelein and Melanie Manahan of Crystal Lake snuggle with their dog Leo, who was at his first movie as the McHenry Outdoor Theater in McHenry reopens Friday. Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • The national anthem plays as the McHenry Outdoor Theater reopens Friday in McHenry.

      The national anthem plays as the McHenry Outdoor Theater reopens Friday in McHenry. Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • Concession manager Emily Knapik helps guests with their orders as the countdown to the start of the movie continues at the McHenry Outdoor Theater.

      Concession manager Emily Knapik helps guests with their orders as the countdown to the start of the movie continues at the McHenry Outdoor Theater. Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • People are silhouetted against the concession area Friday of the McHenry Outdoor Theater as it reopens in McHenry.

      People are silhouetted against the concession area Friday of the McHenry Outdoor Theater as it reopens in McHenry. Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • People huddle together to ward off the cold as the McHenry Outdoor Theater reopens Friday.

      People huddle together to ward off the cold as the McHenry Outdoor Theater reopens Friday. Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • People huddle together to ward off the cold as the McHenry Outdoor Theater reopens.

      People huddle together to ward off the cold as the McHenry Outdoor Theater reopens. Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • Nick Passafiume of Lake Zurich and Amber Wells of McHenry were all bundled up in the bed of their truck waiting for the sun to drop so the McHenry Outdoor Theater's double feature would begin.

      Nick Passafiume of Lake Zurich and Amber Wells of McHenry were all bundled up in the bed of their truck waiting for the sun to drop so the McHenry Outdoor Theater's double feature would begin. Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

 
Daily Herald report
Updated 4/30/2021 9:24 PM

Families busied themselves setting up lawn chairs and blankets as couples cuddled in their cars on a chilly night at the McHenry Outdoor Theater, the suburbs' last remaining drive-in, for a Friday night "Sharknado" double feature of "Jaws" and "Twister."

The McHenry venue, which has offered movies under the stars since the 1940s, resumed with mask mandates and social distancing protocols in effect.

 

People bustled about in a rush to get popcorn and candy as the last rays of sunlight beamed through the concession windows.

Children scurried about playing catch and other games as the parents popped their hatchbacks and got everything ready.

Nick Passafiume of Lake Zurich and Amber Wells of McHenry were all bundled up as they settled into the bed of their truck waiting for the sun to drop to watch the double feature. Both said the last film they saw together at the drive-in was "The Breakfast Club" last year.

Concession manager Emily Knapik helped guests with their orders as the countdown to the start of the movie continued.

In addition to weekend movies throughout the summer, the venue also will host virtual concerts and cruise nights with classic cars.

The box office of the McHenry Outdoor Theater is at 1510 North Chapel Hill Road.

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