Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Shirley, you can't be serious: "Airplane!" quote-along at the RFC this weekend

The Robinson Film Center’s monthly Freak-Out!, an ongoing series of late-night screenings of vintage horror, comedy, and cult classics, will present the outrageous 1980 spoof Airplane! at 10 p.m., May 20-21. Executive Director Alexandyr Kent said that the screening will be unlike any other that the RFC has ever hosted, in that it will be a “quote-along” event, with fans encouraged to shout out lines of the film as it plays.

“We’re encouraging our patrons to do what they’d do at home,” Kent said, adding that RFC is also planning an interactive, sing-along screening of 80’s comedy/musical Little Shop of Horrors.

In addition to the screening, there will be a special, movie-themed cocktail available at Abby Singer’s Bistro (a “Don’t Call Me Shirley Temple”), as well as a pre-movie presentation mocking flight attendants and flight safety instructions. Custom-made “How to exit the theater in an emergency” cards will be placed in seats.

When asked if the film was booked to celebrate the life of actor Leslie Nielsen in light of his recent passing, Kent said that the RFC has been hoping to show Airplane! for some time, but the screening “is a nice way to celebrate the life and career of a beloved performer.”

The Robinson Film Center is located at 617 Texas Street in downtown Shreveport. Visit their website for tickets or more information.

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