September 2, 2011
Colonial Williamsburg’s Kimball Theatre Features Special Late Night Film Screenings This Fall
Beginning this September, Colonial Williamsburg’s Kimball Theatre in Merchants Square begins screening both recent and classic films after 10 p.m. on Friday nights. These unique, quirky and entertaining films provide area residents, students and guests with an evening of fun and include:Princess Bride (1987), 10 p.m., Friday, Sept. 9. This romantic classic is a tongue-in-cheek fairy tale about a damsel in distress, Princess Buttercup (Robin Wright) and her long-lost love, Wesley (Cary Elwes). The story is told as a bedtime story by a grandfather (Peter Falk) to his ill grandson (Fred Savage). Based on William Goldman’s novel, this sweet and hilarious adventure is a testament to the power of true love. Rated: PG.
Hobo with a Shotgun, 10:30 p.m., Friday, Sept. 16. Based on a fake grindhouse-style trailer that went viral on the Internet, “Hobo” is an over-the-top, bloody exploitation film about an unlucky loner who stumbles into a depraved small town ruled by an evil crime lord. The violence of the vigilante tale is blunt, ridiculous and stylish all at once, in a film sure to become a cult classic. Not rated.
Troll Hunter, 10:45 p.m., Friday, Sept. 23. Described as “The Blair Witch Project” meets “Scooby-Doo,” “Troll Hunter” is a goofy yet scary “found footage” film that follows a trio of Norwegian film students who attempt to make a documentary uncovering the government conspiracy to hide and kill trolls. With stunning visuals and adherence to the original folk tales, “Troll Hunter” is thrilling, comical and thoroughly enjoyable. Norwegian with subtitles. Rated: PG-13.
Make Out With Violence, 10 p.m., Friday, Sept. 30. This outrageous, sincere story of the summer between high school and college twists every genre staple and depicts unrequited love for an undead girl. Twin brothers discover the zombie corpse of their missing female friend just weeks after high school graduation and spend the summer trying to revive her. This film proves comical, tragic, dark and insightful all at once, and gives a bizarre perspective on adolescent angst. Not rated.
Super, 10:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 14. Starring Rainn Wilson (“The Office”) and Ellen Page (“Juno,” “Inception”), this wonderfully ridiculous dark comedy takes the ultra-violent and ordinary citizen-superheroes of “Kick-Ass” and kicks it up a notch. Inspired by the Christian television superhero the Holy Avenger (Nathan Fillon), Frank (Wilson) decides to make himself into a superhero, the Crimson Bolt. This gory, unhinged black comedy has satire, action and quirky hilarity all in one. Also starring Liv Tyler and Kevin Bacon. Not rated.
Animal House (1978), 10 p.m., Oct. 21. This college slapstick-comedy classic immortalized the toga party and remains the most famous movie about American undergraduate life. Set in the Greek world of Faber College in 1962 Pennsylvania, “Animal House” traces the trials and tribulations of the Delta House, from rush to hazing to difficulty with the dean and rivalry with the pretentious Omega House, among other misadventures. The Deltas live lives of debauchery, slacking, irreverence and constant shenanigans, often led by pledge master John “Bluto” Blutarsky (John Belushi). Togas are optional. Rated: R.
ZMD: Zombies of Mass Destruction, 10 p.m., Friday, Oct. 28. This raw comedy-horror film set in 2003 small-town America depicts the compounded difficulties of an Iranian-American woman and a quasi-closeted gay couple who must hold off a zombie invasion while navigating the mistrust between themselves and their suspicious neighbors. All stereotypes get their heads bitten off – literally and figuratively – in this thrilling, satirical horror flick. Rated: R.
Movie admission is $7.50 for adults and $6.50 for students and students. For more information, contact the Kimball Theatre box office at (757) 565-8588 or visit www.kimballtheatre.com.
In 1999, Colonial Williamsburg benefactors Gretchen and the late Bill Kimball made a major gift to renovate the historic facility and to transform it into the multipurpose Kimball Theatre. The 35-seat screening room was underwritten by a grant from the Gladys and Franklin Clark Foundation.
Located in Williamsburg’s Merchants Square, the beautifully restored Kimball Theatre presents films, live performances, musical concerts and special programs. Creative programming alliances with the College of William and Mary, community organizations and Colonial Williamsburg link the past with the present. The 410-seat theater also houses a 35-seat screening room which enables the theater to offer films to the community seven days a week, even when live performances are staged in the main theater.