Flashback Weekend is Chicago’s largest and longest running Horror Convention known for
our major celebrity guests, innovative programming, and spectacular evening events.
We are a horror convention with a deeper initiative – our philanthropic efforts are dedicated to the preservation of the American Drive-In and 35mm film preservation.
Flashback Weekend is held annually at the Crowne Plaza Chicago O’Hare in Rosemont, IL, moments from O’Hare International Airport and just north of Chicago.
Flashback Weekend supports the Horror Film Industry
Flashback Weekend believes that a horror convention should benefit the legacy of horror and the film arts. For this reason, all net proceeds from Flashback Weekend go to the preservation and operation of the Midway Drive-In, located in Dixon, IL.
Flashback Weekend dedicates its philanthropic efforts to:
- The preservation of the American Drive-In
- Paying tribute to the “Drive-In” era of horror films
- Providing a theatrical outlet at the Midway Drive-In for new independent horror films.
- Maintaining a venue at the Midway for the screening of 35mm horror films
In 2002, Mike and Mia Kerz created Flashback Weekend to be the type of convention we would want to attend – a “Convention by Day – Horror Film Fest by Night”. By day, a horror convention featuring the biggest celebrity guests, autograph signings, a massive horror memorabilia room, our costume contest hosted by Chicago Horror Host legend Svengoolie, and panel discussions with celebrity guests. Evening events include “big screen” horror film showings introduced by celebrity guests, exclusive VIP parties allowing fans to meet and mingle with celebrity guests, live Horror Theater, haunted house tours, and more!
Flashback Weekend and Sinister Visions
In 2005, Flashback Weekend joined forces with renowned Horror Artist Chad Savage of Sinister Visions. Chad is not only Flashback’s graphic artist, but is also our web designer, internet marketing director, and a key collaborative partner. Sinister Visions also sponsors and produces Flashback events including the Zombie Pinup contest and the Flashback Weekend Costume Contest hosted by Svengoolie. Visit Sinister Visions’ website atwww.sinistervisions.com.
The Chicago Horror Community is United and Grows at Flashback Weekend
Flashback Weekend provided a place and time for the Chicago horror community to unite and grow. Now, fans plan their yearly vacations around Flashback Weekend and many travel from across the globe to attend. Fans have established friendships at Flashback and met their significant others – now, there are…Flashback babies!
Flashback Weekend and the Drive-In
Drive-In Theaters were once the primary theatrical outlet for horror films and helped to build the careers of legendary directors including George A. Romero, Wes Craven, Tobe Hooper, and Don Coscarelli. It is this horror film era and modern theatrical outlet for new horror films that Flashback Weekend is dedicated to preserving.
Flashback Weekend Saves a Drive In & Preserves the Horror Legacy
In 2007, the Midway Drive-In located in Dixon, IL was in danger of closing. Because of our vow to preserve the horror theatrical experience, we could not let this happen! Several loans later, Flashback Weekend had a 90 foot screen for showing 35mm classic horror films and new horror movies. Drive-In Horror film festivals now have a permanent home – we are truly part of the legacy of horror!
Flashback Weekend re-creates the Drive-In Horror era at the Midway by showing classic horror trailers, vintage Drive-In intermission ads, and Dusk to Dawn showings of classic horror films on 35mm – the way movies are meant to be shown.
During the summer we show double features of first-run films. For a true taste of nostalgia and a great visual experience, visit the Midway Drive-In when you have the chance. Show information is atwww.themidwaydrivein.net.
If you are a film maker, we might play YOUR horror movie at our Drive-In!
The Midway Drive-In also presents first-run horror films at the Midway, providing a theatrical outlet for the next generation of horror directors. If you have a new horror film that you would like to have shown, you may submit it to us for consideration.
Flashback Weekend’s Second Decade and Beyond!
Flashback Weekend Chicago Horror Convention continues to thrive and produce ground-breaking events on a grand scale. Our philanthropic efforts to support the horror film industry and the Drive-In continue year-round.
We truly appreciate all of those people who have supported Flashback Weekend and the Midway Drive-In throughout the years – we couldn’t have done this without you!
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