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(Ithaca, NY) – The State Theatre, M&T Bank and The Ithaca times continue The Classic Movie Series with Star Wars satirical parody film “SPACEBALLS” on Saturday, November 21st at 8pm.
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Originally opened in 1928, The State Theatre flourished as a premier entertainment venue and was a source of great pride to Tompkins County residents for many decades. Beginning with vaudeville and then black and white silent film, the theater has evolved with the times.
When movies became more popular in the early 1930s, the theater thrived primarily as a cinema house. After World War II, with the advent of television and suburban movie houses, downtown cinema palaces like the State struggled, and eventually large historic theatres like The State stopped screening movies.
The State Theatre stopped showing movies in the mid-90’s. Some of the final films to be screened there included “The Shawshank Redemption”, “Natural Born Killers” and “Forrest Gump”.
In a distant galaxy, planet Spaceball has depleted its air supply, leaving its citizens reliant on a product called “Perri-Air.” In desperation, Spaceball’s leader President Skroob (Mel Brooks) orders the evil Dark Helmet (Rick Moranis) to kidnap Princess Vespa (Daphne Zuniga) of oxygen-rich Druidia and hold her hostage in exchange for air. But help arrives for the Princess in the form of renegade space pilot Lone Starr (Bill Pullman) and his half-man, half-dog partner, Barf (John Candy).
General admission tickets for “SPACEBALLS” are $6 for adults and $5 for students. Tickets are available through the State Theatre Box Office at 105 W. State/MLK Jr. St., by calling 607-277-8283, or online at www.stateofithaca.com.
“SPACEBALLS” continues the 2015/16 M&T Bank and Ithaca Times Classic Movie Series.
State Theatre of Ithaca Inc. is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization that owns and operates Tompkins County’s last remaining historic theatre. Their mission is to enhance the cultural life of Ithaca and the Finger Lakes by preserving, operating and promoting the historic State Theatre as an active venue for national, international and community performances and programming. Over 65,000 people will attend events there during the 2015/16 season.
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