Bengies awaits a buyer to save it Ending: The owner of the drive-in will put the property up for auction Oct. 15, and he hopes someone will keep it open.

September 18, 1998|By Chris Kaltenbach All around town

D. Vogel is still praying a hero will show up and save his beloved Bengies Drive-In from becoming a memory. But time is running short.

Vogel, who has pledged that this will be his last season as operator of Bengies, is set to put the eastern Baltimore county property up for auction at 11 a.m. Oct. 15. He'll listen to offers up until then and hopes whoever winds up with the property will want to keep the drive-in open, but he admits the prospects look dim.

"There's been a lot of chatter, a lot of approaches, but no one's come through yet," says Vogel, who's run Bengies since 1988. "I'm getting desperate for a rich person to say, 'Oh no, don't let it go.' "

Vogel says he's still working on plans for the drive-in's last weekend under his tenure -- and possibly last weekend, period.

Tentative plans call for a special selection of vintage films on the final Saturday, most likely Oct. 31, "but definitely before November." Overheard at the premiere of John Waters' "Pecker" Wednesday night: Dustin Hoffman will not be appearing in Barry Levinson's "Liberty Heights," a '50s-era drama that starts filming in Baltimore in coming weeks. It's whispered that Michael Douglas is being considered to play a businessman whose involvement with shady dealings on The Block is at odds with his religiously observant parents. Also at the "Pecker" premiere: Star Edward Furlong was apparently horrified when little boxes of Tide, which, he says, is tested on animals, were distributed at the post-film party. He made a statement that pleased his friends at People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals by autographing the boxes "Boycott Procter & Gamble, Edward Furlong," PETA says. Wouldn't it be the ultimate beau geste on behalf of their beloved Baltimore if Levinson and Waters bought the Bengies together? Meanwhile, Garry Marshall and Richard Gere were spotted in Berlin, Md., last weekend scouting locations for "The Runaway Bride," a romantic comedy co-starring Julia Roberts that Marshall will direct. Filming will begin later next month.

Ann Hornaday "A Soldier's Daughter Never Cries" is the movie of choice at Cinema Sundays this Sunday. The film, an adaptation of an autobiographical novel by James Jones' daughter Kaylie, will open in theaters Sept. 25.

City Paper film critic Jack Purdy will introduce and lead a post-screening conversation.

Membership for the nine remaining Cinema Sunday programs is $130, $112.50 for members who re-up.

Doors open at 9: 45 a.m. and the movie starts at 10: 30. As always, coffee and bagels -- as well as lively discussion -- will be served. For more information, call 410-727-3464.

Ann Hornaday

Honoring Feiken

Women in Film & Video will hold their second annual Charm City Award Dinner on Thursday at the Belvedere Hotel, 1 E. Chase St.

Baltimore television legend Rhea Feiken will be honored, as well as Senator Theatre owner Tom Kiefaber and Sharon Steele of Steele Casting.

The dinner starts at 6 p.m. Tickets are $40, $35 for WIFV members.

For more information, call 410-685-FILM.

Ann Hornaday "Forest For the Trees," the debut feature film by Baltimore-area filmmaker Jonathan Slade, will be shown Saturday at the Charles Theater at noon.

The movie, about a group of thirtysomethings who come to terms with their relationships during a weekend bike trip, was filmed in and around Baltimore.

Pub Date: 9/18/98

Ann Hornaday

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