“Let’s do the time warp again” and bring along sequined jackets, party poppers, hats and newspapers.
Over the past few months, the Kalamazoo State Theater has shown an array of classic movies, including Rocky Horror Picture Show, Christmas Vacation and Hocus Pocus. These nostalgic films are airing in order to celebrate the theater’s 90th anniversary.
“When the state theatre first opened back in 1927, it was a movie palace. Since this is our 90th year, we are honoring that by showing classic films. Some of the films that we are showing this year played at the state theatre way back when they first came out,” said Marketing Assistant, Kaleigh Deyoung.
A few of these long time favorites include Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Mary Poppins and Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.
Out of all the movies shown thus far, Hocus Pocus has had the strongest turnout, sold out, with a total of 1,500 attendees. Many of these people also cosplayed or dressed as characters from the movie.
“We always encourage dressing up for our movies. It adds a little extra fun for everyone attending, plus we have an awesome photo booth that people like to use, especially when they are dressed up,” Deyoung said.
The theater itself provides popcorn and candy, but they also call upon local restaurants to cater. The food providers vary by movie.
“We like to work with local restaurants to sell food for our movie events, because at our concessions we only have popcorn and candy. For Rocky Horror, we had Gorilla Gourmet; Christmas Vacation, we had Taco Bob’s; this weekend, at Monty Python, we will have Kazoopy’s pizza,” Deyoung said.
Sometimes, there are pre-show events, including games, snacks, and even prizes with an intermission, which only lasts around 20 to 30 minutes. This time is for guests to use the bathrooms and get more food.
To date, the rest of the movies scheduled include Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Pulp Fiction, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and 10 Things I Hate About You. The theater plans to continue to add more to this list, so continue to check to see what else is in store.