Wichitans can pay tribute to the late David Bowie at the Orpheum Theatre’s 30th anniversary screening of Labyrinth on Feb. 18. The event, which was scheduled prior to David Bowie’s passing, will feature a few special elements as a tribute to the Labyrinth star.
Singer/Songwriter David Bowie lost his battle with cancer on Jan. 10 of this year, just two days after releasing his 25th album, Blackstar.
The film was selected as part of the Orpheum’s 2016 classic film series, and was announced at the beginning of the year. The series features one classic per month for all of 2016. Details can be found here.
The films for the Classic Film Series each celebrate an anniversary this year, be it the 25th, 30th, 50th, etc. Once a list of films with anniversaries has been compiled, the Orpheum Staff chooses their personal favorites from the list, while also giving consideration to what audiences would enjoy seeing once again on the big screen, providing a variety of genres, and films that are representative of multiple decades.
“We found that our 30th Anniversary screenings have been very popular the last few years and we had a lot of good 1986 films from which to choose. After the initial list was made for 2016, Labyrinth made everyone’s top list, so we knew we had to show it,” Marketing Manager Mallory Rine said.
The staff at the Orpheum had anticipated a large turnout for the event, but Bowie’s passing is expected to draw even larger crowds to the event. The Orpheum has commissioned local graphic designer Troy Wells to create a special edition poster which will feature David Bowie’s Labyrinth character, Jareth, for the event. A David Bowie playlist is also in the works, and will run as house music before the movie begins. Commemorative Labyrinth ticket stubs will also be available for purchase, and the proceeds benefit the Orpheum digital conversion project. The event will even feature Labyrinth-themed drink specials at the bar, as well as Knolla’s pizza at the concession stand. The Orpheum staff is also working on a trivia game to run before the film.
The Orpheum staff encourages its guests to attend screenings in costume, and according to Rine, there are always a handful of fully-costumed audience members, especially for cult classics like Labyrinth.
The 30th anniversary Labyrinth screening will be held at 7 p.m. on February 18. General admission tickets are priced at $5, and a $1 off discount will be given to seniors, military, and youth. Because a larger crowd than usual is expected, guests are encouraged to arrive early.