So as a typical forewarning, I must tell you that Cinema Wasteland is not your typical convention. I’ve been going to all of these conventions for over a year now and have always heard that. It wasn’t until I actually got to the hotel that I noticed how true it was. A lot of these conventions switch hotels and centers for various reasons, be that it needs more room to grow and expand to popularity or that the convention simply was not welcome back. Cinema Wasteland has been an exception to the rule, remaining in the same hotel/convention center for the last 22 shows. They don’t bring in your regular run of the mill celebrities and directors either, so if you’re hoping to meet someone like Norman Reedus or Jamie Lee Curtis, you’re out of luck. Instead, they aim for the more obscure and cult classic oriented guests.
I first heard about the convention through Master Yuck, way before I started writing for this site. After that, I started hearing about the convention at every one I would go to. So I talked to the boyfriend and we decided we would make the venture up for a night to check it out. We did make a pit stop to check out the haunted Ohio State Reformatory and man, it’s amazing. Sadly, they weren’t doing any tours and (shockingly) I’m not a fan of haunted houses so I’ll be hitting the place back up next year as I prepare for the next Cinema Wasteland.
Big thanks to the chick who pulled her car halfway into the gate so I could get this picture taken. Otherwise, all you’d have seen was a chain link fence behind me covering up this beautiful scenery. After that, we hopped back in the car and headed for Strongsville for Cinema Wasteland. After checking in and going up to the room, I headed downstairs to scope everything out and bumped into a few of my pals. Soon, it was time to go inside and get busy! We got a few items signed by people like Linnea Quigley, Michelle Bauer, and Fred Olen Ray. I also managed to get a couple of photos with Dyanne Thorne, best known for her role as Ilsa as “Ilsa, She-Wolf of the SS”.
After that, the party really began for me. Okay, okay….so I had a flask ready with me. I also already had some rum mixed in with my coke I had purchased earlier in the day. Still, the evening was early and everyone was drinking and having a good time. Even after the convention closed, the party still went on. I can’t tell you how many times I would walk down a hallway and be pulled into a room, offered drinks and grilled cheeses, and snapping pictures while the guy from Troma stands in front of me and moons the camera. Seriously, I was deemed one of the Troma crew for about 5 minutes while searching hotel rooms to give my buddy Harley from The TimO. and Harley Show his pizza.
Needless to say, I was bummed when I woke up the next morning and had to leave. I’m definitely planning an all weekender for the next Cinema Wasteland in April. You should definitely plan on attending one sometime soon! Here are a few more pictures that you should look at if you need some more convincing.
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