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Midnight movies return!

Is the midnight movie dead? Not if the Plaza Theatre has anything to say about it. The venerable Calgary art-house cinema is reliving the glory days of late-night moviegoing with its second annual Midnight Film Festival featuring wild cinematic favourites screening every Friday and Saturday night from June 13 through August 31. Things kick off with the Canadian premiere of Zombie Strippers (2008) on June 13 and 14. After that each weekend brings a new classic film from This is Spinal Tap (1984) to Reservoir Dogs (1992) to Showgirls (1995).

Midnight movie audiences have always been more boisterous than daytime audiences and the festival capitalizes on this by including interactivity in its programming. Grease (1978) for instance is the singalong version with the lyrics projected onscreen for the audience to belt out as loud as they please. Westworld (1973) will receive the Mystery Science Theater 3000 treatment courtesy of local comedy troupe Obscene But Not Heard and the final show of the fest is The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975) which of course has always been more about the antics of the audience than anything else. Each show starts at midnight but is preceded at 11:30 p.m. by live entertainment specific to the show — for example The Adventures of Priscilla Queen of the Desert (1994) will start with a performance by local burlesque troupe Kabuki Guns. Let’s hear it for good old-fashioned cinematic showmanship!

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