by | Aug 4, 2022 | Films

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Secret Base Cinema presents


One Day Only, Saturday September 3
Mad Max  4:00 pm
Mad Max 2  7:00 pm

Double Feature, $16 adv, $24 door.
Single Tickets, $10 adv, $15 door.


Australian director George Miller made his feature film debut with MAD MAX in 1979. It’s a good-vs.-evil story about a patrol officer with plenty of grit and determination working to restore order in post-apocalyptic chaos.

The film had an unknown lead – American-born, Australian-raised Mel Gibson in his breakout role.

Surprised and delighted by the film’s success, Miller released MAD MAX 2 (The Road Warrior), in 1981, again starring Gibson as the renegade hero with a penchant for leather, shotguns, and maximum horsepower. Thus, the Mad Max franchise was born.


Ian and Andy, aka Secret Base Cinema, and curators of the September Mad Max double feature offered some quotes from critics Richard Corliss and Brian Eggert:

Mad Max is not a ‘people picture’. It is an action movie whose subject is machines, and the sophisticated killing machine man could become. The hardware is the star here: the souped-up Chevies and demon motorcycles, captured by Miller’s supple, fender-level camera — one machine in sync with another.”
– Richard Corliss, Time Magazine

“If the Mad Max canon as a whole is about anything beyond Miller’s kinetic energy and expert automobile stuntwork, it is about the protagonist losing his humanity and then regaining it again, and in that process establishing himself as a mythic hero. This ambition is quite efficiently achieved within The Road Warrior alone, which epitomizes the journey and mythology in a single, brilliant stroke.”
– Brian Eggert, Deep Focus Review

Mad Max Double Feature

See more info in the sections below:

  • Brief Synopses
  • Event Details
  • Drinks & Dining








Cult classics in their own right, both Mad Max 1 & Mad Max 2 set Mel Gibson on the path to stardom and they remain outstanding action adventures that audiences still love to watch.

Mad Max 1, the original, 1979

In a not-too-distant dystopian future, when man’s most precious resource — oil — has been depleted and the world plunged into war, famine and financial chaos, the last vestiges of the law in Australia attempt to restrain a vicious biker gang. Max (Mel Gibson), an officer with the Main Force Patrol, launches a personal vendetta against the gang when his wife (Joanne Samuel) and son are hunted down and murdered, leaving him with nothing but his instincts for survival and retribution.

Mad Max 2, Road Warrior, 1981

After avenging the death of his wife and young son at the hands of a vicious gang leader, Max (Mel Gibson) drives the post-apocalyptic highways of the Australian outback, fending off attacks from nomadic tribes that prey on outsiders. Falling into an encampment led by the relatively peaceful Pappagallo (Mike Preston), Max at first schemes to steal their oil, but soon becomes the group’s reluctant defender against ruthless marauders.

In addition to the Max Max series, director George Miller had further success directing a diverse array of films: The Witches of Eastwick, Lorenzo’s Oil, Babe and Happy Feet.  Gibson meanwhile has starred in several prominent movies – The Patriot, Braveheart, Lethal Weapon, The Year of Living Dangerously and Gallipoli.  He has also had success with writing and directing –  Hacksaw Ridge, Apocalypto, The Passion of the Christ, and Braveheart.


4:00 pm, Mad Max 1: Director George Miller, Australia, Action/Adventure, 1979, 93 min, rated R.
7:00 pm, Mad Max 2: Director George Miller, Australia, Action/Adventure, 1981, 94 min, rated R.

☀ THE GARFIELD THEATRE, 719 Race St., Cincinnati, OH 45202.
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Covid-19 vaccination and masking is recommended but not required for in-theatre admission.

Saturday September 3, 4:00 and 7:00

Double Feature Tickets are $16 in advance, $24 at the door.
Single Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door.
Tickets available online via the Tix Button (top of this webpage), and by phone at (859) 957-3456.

The Garfield is ADA accessible. ADA details and Covid-19 information can be found on the CWC Policies Page.

  • June 2022 UPDATE:
    ♦ Effective June 24, we have amended the proof of Covid-19 vaccination requirement for CWC films at the Garfield Theatre:
    ♦ Proof of vaccination is not required  for WEEKDAY, FRIDAY and SATURDAY screenings.
    ♦ Proof of vaccination is required  for SUNDAY screenings.

    Masks are welcome throughout the Garfield but not mandatory.

Purchase of a ticket confirms acceptance by the purchaser that the presenter/host and their staff will not be liable for any loss, damage, action, claim, cost or expenses which may arise in the consequence of attendance at this event.
Purchaser declares that they will not attend unless in good health on the day of the event. Further, purchaser understands it is impossible to guarantee that they will not be exposed to Covid-19 and will attend at their own risk.


It couldn’t be easier – across the street from the Garfield Theatre, you’ll find the Butcher & Barrel, home of delicious shareables, salads, entrees, sides and desserts, plus excellent wine, craft beer and mixed drinks.

For CWC patrons, general manager Michaele Kadivnik offers a 15% discount on your order, excluding alcohol; menu is on the website. Reservations are strongly recommended, especially if you are dining between a CWC double feature. You should present your online confirmation or ticket from the event, and let your server know if there are time constraints. The discount is valid only for the date of ticket.

HOURS: MON-TUE, closed; WED-THS, 4-10 pm; FRI-SAT, 4-12 am; SUN, 4-10 pm. The kitchen closes one hour before the restaurant, every night. Hours and menu subject to change – check the website before booking. RESERVATIONS REQUESTED: 513-954-8974 or

SAFETY PROTOCOLS, from Butcher & Barrel management:
“ALL GUESTS are required to wear face masks when they arrive, and while in any common spaces. In compliance with the most recent government guidelines, we cannot allow guests to wait for a table in common areas and reservations are accepted for groups of UP TO 10 guests ONLY.”


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