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Buried Alive in Cincinnati: The Ferguson Hills Drive-In Promotion That Almost Wasn't

Chris Yarzab
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Back in 1960, the old Ferguson Hills Drive-In was looking for a gimmick to bring people to its parking lot. So, operators of the outdoor cinema looked to bury someone alive.

That seemed like a heck of a promotion - until the police showed up.

However, a local judge ruled in favor of the promotion, and so on it went.

Burying someone alive became a somewhat common promotion in that period, and on Cincinnati Edition, local historian and curator of Cincinnati Curiosities Greg Hand is back with us to share some of the stories, and to look back on some of the old "tricks" and "treats" of past Halloweens.

Photo via Cinema Treasures

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