Meeting Anthony Michael Hall
Due to this pandemic, sources for entertainment are pretty scarce. For me in particular I really miss going to the movies and seeing new films come out. I completely understand why it is not happening anymore, but still, it is one of the things I miss the most before this horrific event occurred. However, there was a shiny little moment I was able to take advantage of to not only get some movie entertainment but to also meet someone I had seen on my T.V. screen many times. Drum roll, please…. It was Anthony Michael Hall! I was able to meet Anthony Michael Hall during his Summer Drive-in Movie Experience with EVO Cinemas.
Anthony decided to host a Drive-in movie event where he would play some of his favorite movies he starred in every weekend with a chance for autographs, pictures, and a Q&A. My love and I decided to go during the weekend showing The Breakfast Club and National Lampoon’s Vacation. I have never seen National Lampoon’s Vacation, but my favorite Brat Pack movie is The Breakfast Club so of course, I picked that weekend. They had some other great movies showing such as The Dark Knight, Terminator, and Sixteen Candles, but a ticket was $25 per vehicle so I stuck with attending one weekend.
This was pretty much my first drive-in experience adding to my excitement. When I was little there was a place where I grew up where they showed movies on a side of a building, but there were grass hills in front where you could put blankets and lawn chairs so not exactly a drive-in. Then I almost went to an actual drive-in with my ex for Valentine’s Day, but they weren’t really playing any movies I wanted to see so we ended up at a theatre watching Alita: Battle Angel. Therefore, I was really curious to see what this experience was going to be like and how good the quality would be compared to being inside a theatre.
After getting ready, we went to go pick up some Poke and Sushi because to be quite frank, I wasn’t really trying to pay high prices for food at a drive-in. After eating, we showed up to EVO where they directed us to our parking spot in the middle right in front of the screen which was amazing in my opinion. Now you had to schedule your time frame to get a picture with Anthony which was either before the movie started or during. Unfortunately, Anthony hit traffic and was a little late so we were able to get our picture with him as the movie started. I’ve seen The Breakfast Club many times so it wasn’t a huge bother to me.
After The Breakfast Club, it was Q & A time. Anthony drove around the parking lot on his motor bike driving past all the parked cars and excited fans. He stood on a small stage in the front with a microphone and allowed guests to either listen from their car or gather around the stage. We in particular were trying to maintain as much safety as possible so we listened in from the car. Guests were able to submit their questions online before the session so he can read through and answer. He also did allow some in-crowd questions especially from children who were there at the event. He even gave one kid his baseball cap as well as shot out some of his t-shirt merch he was selling inside the venue.
After the session was over, they played National Lampoon’s Vacation and gave the opportunity for guests to come inside the venue to buy merch such as t-shirts, posters, masks, and more. He was there to sign any merch purchased or items you brought in yourself. I brought a DVD of The Breakfast Club for him to sign which was not originally my item of choice. I had a small illustration card of Edward Scissorhands I was going to have him sign, but my excitement clouded my memory a bit and I forgot the card. Well I was not about to go empty-handed so before showing up to EVO, we drove to Walmart and dived through the DVDs looking for a copy of any Anthony Michael Hall movie. At the last second, my boyfriend prevailed and found The Breakfast Club.
As I waited in line to get inside for my autograph, I was able to catch Anthony driving up on his bike ready to greet us all.
Anthony was truly a very kind and humble person. Sure there were a few bumps in the road with the event, but nothing that could take away from the whole experience. In this world of sadness and disarray, this was an event heavily needed to lift my spirits. I was very thankful to meet him and get a chance to have a signed souvenir. Watching a movie in our car wasn’t too bad either. I mean nothing will really beat going to the theatre for me, but this was still a great way for me to enjoy a film I love and get me out of the house in a safer way. It did inspire my boyfriend and me a little bit in the sense, we now want a projector to project movies on our wall as we cuddle with our cat in a soft pillow fort. It sucks doesn’t even begin to describe what has been happening, but this has given us a chance to get creative in how we spend our time.
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