100000 EAST AVENUE, QUESTION MARK, OHIO
OUR 2023 SEASON ENDS WITH A BANG!
Join us on Friday December 22 for the WORLD PREMIERE of Question Mark auteur William Higgland Jr's latest fright-fest...
I WAS IN A MURDER CULT. Join Higgland Jr's spine-tingling tale of a young filmmaker as she navigates the dangers of 1980s Los Angeles and finds herself part of an apocalyptic cult bent on ending the world at all costs!
Plus I WAS IN A MURDER CULT will be accompanied by these fine Higgland Jr Originals...
Yes, it's December, in-car heaters will be available. Hot chocolate will be served at the snack bar. Dress warm.
Featuring all your most anticipated films
ALL THE BEST first-run features UNDER THE STARS.
CARTOONS & FRENCH TOAST FOR KIDDIES AND YOU EVERY SATURDAY MORNING.
Don't forget to fill up before your flick! Our snack bar is open and ready to feed your cravings.
Featuring our signature snacks: Lord of the Onion Rings, Jurassic Pork, Indiana Scones and the Temple of Food, The Grape Gatsby, Pirates of the Carob Bean, Grave of the Firefries, Silence of the Yams, Finding Nemozzarella Sticks, Mary Poppin-Corn, Scone in 60 Seconds, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Pecan, The Breakfast Club Sandwich, Mad Max-aroni, Mad Max: Road Whirr-ior Smoothies, Mad Max Beyond Thunderscones, Mad Max: Fury Road-sted Nuts, Gone with the Wings, and Lord of the Fries.
Don't forget our deliver-to-your-car pizzas: Pie Hard, Pepperoni Potter and the Chamber of Cheese, The Pizzanator, Cheese Wars: The Mozzarella Strikes Back, The Doughfather, The Eternal Sausage of the Spotless Slice, The Thin Crust Red Line, The Fault in Our Star-gherita, Requiem for a Cream, and our vegan options: Soylent Green Supreme, Million Dollar Baby Spinach, and Cheesebusters.
What is the speed limit inside the drive-in? Someone I know was struck by a car…
THE SPEED LIMIT IS 3 MILES AN HOUR AT LOST LAKE DRIVE-IN. PLEASE PAY ATTENTION WHEN DRIVING! KIDS and ADULTS are trying to have a good time and it is dark.
Is the playground safe? I heard there is broken glass….
YES, THE PLAYGROUND IS SAFE! But please keep an eye on your children as the drive-in is not a babysitting service.
Are pets welcome? I heard someone’s dog disappeared…
NO, AFTER SEVERAL INCIDENTS OF PETS GOING MISSING, PETS ARE NO LONGER ALLOWED.
Are outside alcoholic beverages allowed? I heard drinking at the drive-in was legal.
Has anyone or anything ever gone missing at the Lost Lake Drive-in?
UNFORTUNATELY YES. The Lost Lake Drive-in has a disturbing history of disappearances. Please avoid the lost lake sulfur pond area and do not climb the fence.
How do I tune in to the film’s audio? Is it hard to hear?
TUNE YOUR CAR’S RADIO TO 89.7FM. YES, IT MAY BE HARD TO HEAR. WE ALSO HAVE SPEAKERS ON POLES!
What if my deliver-to-your-car pizza is too hot?
PIZZA IS HOT. WHAT TEMPERATURE WOULD YOU WANT IT? Wait for it to cool down.
What do I do if my battery dies?
DON’T WORRY, THIS HAPPENS ALL THE TIME. If you find yourself with a dead battery, visit the concession stand for a jump start.
CUSTOMERS WHO DO NOT FOLLOW THESE RULES WILL BE ASKED TO LEAVE. NO REFUNDS.
THANKS FOR YOUR PATRONAGE!
BEFORE THE LOST LAKE WAS A DRIVE-IN, IT WAS A DEADLY SULPHUROUS POND. For years, people avoided the area due to the high sulfur content and odd vapors that the pond produced. In 1953, the lake vanished overnight and thereafter the property was purchased and a drive-in was soon built.
THE LOST LAKE DRIVE-IN FIRST OPENED IN 1955 AND WAS A SOURCE OF ENTERTAINMENT AND JOY FOR THE ENTIRE COMMUNITY. In 1957, part of the parking lot collapsed, and many cars and moviegoers fell into an underground sulfur pool. Many lives were lost, including state champion tuba player Martha Givens. There is a plaque recounting this difficult local incident near the Snack Bar.
LOST LAKE REOPENED IN 1959 WITH A FENCE SURROUNDING THE SULFUR POND. For most of the sixties and seventies, the drive-in was home to tears, joy, and frights with friends and families, and a center of entertainment in the town of Question Mark, OH.
IN 1978, LOST LAKE TEMPORARILY CLOSED DUE TO DWINDLING BOX OFFICE RETURNS AND QUESTIONS ABOUT SEVERAL DISAPPEARANCES OF LOCAL COUPLES. During a dark moment in 1977, several young lovers leapt into the sulfur pool, ending their own young lives. A second, higher fence was then erected.
IN 1979, THE DRIVE REOPENED AS AN ADULTS-ONLY VENUE. This led to several complaints and eventually a court case, as children and teenagers complained of being able to see pornographic films while lying in their beds at home.
IN 1983, LOST LAKE REOPENED ONCE AGAIN. With the introduction of summer blockbusters like Jaws, Poltergeist, and ET, families and moviegoers once again returned to the movies. Lost Lake was purchased by William Higgland of Midwestern Amusements. Throughout the rest of the 1980s and 90s, Lost Lake once again became an important community venue and offered moviegoers the opportunity to explore a world of imagination and glamor.
In 2001, SEVERAL CHILDREN WENT MISSING FROM THE PLAYGROUND AND WERE PRESUMED TO HAVE FALLEN IN THE SULFUROUS POOL. But no evidence was ever recovered from the scene and the theater was allowed to stay open. One child, who appeared days after disappearing, complained of seeing a bright round circle. However as the child appeared not to have slept or eaten in several days, her account was soon dismissed.
IN 2003, LOST LAKE CLOSED YET AGAIN, DUE TO THE POPULARITY OF VIDEO GAMES AND THE INTERNET. The property was sold to an out-of-town company that used the parking lot for auctions, flea markets, and biker rallies. The property, snack bar, and film equipment soon fell into disrepair and the drive-in became a hangout for criminals, lowlives, and nar-do-wells.
IN 2014, LOST LAKE REOPENED, UNDER NEW OWNERSHIP. With a focus on classic films and family favorites, Lost Lake Drive-In returned under the guidance of Max Fromm, a former physics researcher from Germany and a classic film buff. Since then Lost Lake has continued to serve the community even in the midst of the recent pandemic and the series of otherworldly events.