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ETH To Offer Two Screenings Of 2012 Dramedy



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Edmond Town Hall is planning a pair of screenings of a Wes Anderson film next month. Moonrise Kingdom will be offered at 9 pm Friday and Saturday, August 5-6.

Tickets are the theater’s regular $3.50 each.

Attendees are encouraged to dress as their favorite character from the coming-of-age film, with a contest planned for each night. Winners will receive a free movie coupon booklet that includes popcorn, candy, a drink, and a ticket, according to ETH employee Kat Moran.

“The idea for the contest came from when all the staff wanted to dress up as our favorite characters during the screenings. We realized that people coming to watch the film might also be dressing up as the characters so we wanted to open it up for the community to join too,” Moran told The Newtown Bee.

Moran also explained the thought behind showing the decade-old film.

“We’d like to be able to cater to a newer/younger audience by showing movies that are well loved, but maybe not that well known,” she said. “Moonrise Kingdom takes place during the summer in New England so we figured that during August before school starts again would be the perfect time to show it.”

Released in June 2012, Moonrise Kingdom is an American coming-of-age comedy-drama film directed by Wes Anderson, written by Anderson and Roman Coppola, and starring Bruce Willis, Edward Norton, Bill Murray, Frances McDormand, Tilda Swinton, Jason Schwartzman, Bob Balaban, and introducing Jared Gilman and Kara Hayward.

Largely set on the fictional New England island of New Penzance, it tells the story of an orphan boy (Gilman) who escapes from a scouting camp to unite with his pen pal and love interest, a girl with aggressive tendencies (Hayward). Feeling alienated from their guardians and shunned by their peers, the lovers abscond to an isolated beach.

Meanwhile, the island’s police captain (Willis) organizes a search party of scouts and family members to locate the runaways.

The film has a running time of 1 hour, 34 minutes, and is rated PG-13.

Edmond Town Hall is at 45 Main Street. Tickets can be purchased at the box office prior to each screening, and in advance online at edmondtownhall.org.

The theater’s upcoming schedule also includes screenings of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, July 8-10; Top Gun: Maverick, July 14-16; The Bad Guys, July 22-24, which will also be the next weekend of free screenings hosted by Ingersoll Auto of Danbury; and The Bob’s Burgers Movie, July 29-31. Check our calendars, in print and online, for additional details.

Managing Editor Shannon Hicks can be reached at shannon@thebee.com.

Those planning to attend screenings of Moonrise Kingdom at Edmond Town Hall in early August are invited to dress as their favorite character.
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