Past Film/Video | Classics | Series & Festivals

Escape from New York

(John Carpenter, 1981)

Preceded by Black Panther Fable (Kieran Murphy, 2020)

A man in an eyepatch smoking a cigarette looks skeptically at the camera

Join us at the South Drive-In Theatre for John Carpenter’s 1981 dystopian cult classic—plus a locally made short film featured at Ohio Shorts.

Escape from New York looks ahead to (gulp) 1997 when a crime-ridden U.S. of A. has converted the island of Manhattan into one big maximum-security prison. When Air Force One crashes onto the heavily fortified island, imprisoned master criminal Snake Plissken (Kurt Russell) is given 24 hours to rescue the president, earning a pardon for himself if successful. The film’s memorable cast includes Lee Van Cleef, Isaac Hayes, Ernest Borgnine, Harry Dean Stanton, Adrienne Barbeau, and Donald Pleasence as The President! Carpenter composed and performed the film’s signature score. (99 mins., 4K DCP)

Kieran Murphy’s Black Panther Fable (2020) finds the Marvel hero T'Challa in a moment of danger. Will he make it out alive? Murphy’s earlier short film John Wick was shown in Ohio Shorts 2020’s Youth Division. (1:35 mins., DCP)

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Know before you go

The South Drive-In Theatre is located at 3050 South High Street, on Columbus’s South Side. For more information about what to expect at the venue including concessions and COVID-19 policies, visit

A seated, shirtless bald man in an antique jacket (Isaac Hayes) handles a modified pistol while two people on the same bench look on
A man in a while shirt and a briefcase handcuffed to his left hand is roped to a wall just beneath a series of bullet holes
A man with an eyepatch handles a modified gun while someone looks on from the back of the same room
A man with an eyepatch stares ahead in a dimly lit space
A man in an eyepatch smoking a cigarette looks skeptically at the camera
A woman on a bridge points a large handgun at the camera
The theatrical poster for Escape from New York featuring the title in a futuristic red type and cityscape with the fallen head of the Statue of Liberty

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Past Film/Video

Escape from New York