Drive-In Part Of Premiere (The Hanford Sentinel/May 23/1981/US)

King's Drive-In Theater will be participating in the world premiere engagement of Escape From New York, a futuristic drama adventure.

The Avco Embassy Pictures movie is scheduled for summer release and the local theater was selected for one of the market tests in the greater Fresno area.

The film will be shown Wednesday night at the Kings Drive-In.

The movie stars Kurt Russell, Adrienne Barbeau, Lee Van Cleef, Ernest Borgnine, Donald Pleasence, Isaac Hayes, Season Hubley and Harry Dean Stanton.

In their vision of the not-to-distant future, writer-director John Carpenter takes the audience into a nightmare world of Manhattan in the year 1997.

Carpenter and co-screen writer Nick Castle paint a picture of Manhattan as a maximum security prison, completely walled-in and virtually escape-proof.

As the plot unfolds, Air Force 1, with the U.S. president on board, is sabotaged and crash-lands in New York City. The president survives, only to be taken prisoner by savage inmates who demand immediate release in exchange for the president's freedom.