Longmont Museum Hosts Throwback Film Series: Cult Classics & Cocktails

The Longmont Museum & Cultural Center will once again host weekly movie nights from May 17 through June 14. Enjoy cult classic movies paired with a signature cocktail created with the movie’s theme in mind. The Museum will offer extended evening hours so visitors can stroll through the current exhibits and galleries from 5-9 p.m. (free with purchase of your film ticket), the bar and lounge will open at 6 p.m. and the films will begin at 7:15 p.m. in the Stewart Auditorium.

Films will be shown Thursday evenings and tickets are $8 for general admission and $5 for Museum members. Signature drinks, wine, beer and snacks will all be available for purchase. See below for the list of this summer’s movies, and purchase your tickets today!

May 17
Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory (1971)
Rated G
Signature Cocktail: Scrumdiddlyumptious
The story of Charlie Bucket, a little boy with no money and a good heart, who dreams wistfully of being able to buy the candy that other children enjoy. Charlie enters into a magical world when he wins one of five ‘Golden Tickets’ to visit the mysterious chocolate factory owned by the eccentric Willy Wonka and run by his capable crew of Oompa-Loompas. Once behind the gates, a cast of characters joins Charlie and Grandpa Joe on a journey to discover that a kind heart is a far finer possession than a sweet tooth.

May 24
The Muppet Movie (1979)
Rated G
Signature Cocktail: Kermit
While living the quiet life in a swamp, Kermit the Frog is approached by a Hollywood agent to audition for the chance of a lifetime. So Kermit takes this chance for his big break as he makes the journey to Hollywood. Along the way, Kermit comes across several quirky new friends including comedic Fozzie Bear, beautiful but feisty Miss Piggy and the Great Gonzo. But Kermit must also watch out for ruthless Doc Hopper, who plans to use him as his spokesman for his Frog Legs food chain.

May 31
The Sandlot (1993)
Rated PG
Signature Cocktail: The Great Bambino
Scotty Smalls moves to a new neighborhood with his mom and stepdad, and wants to learn to play baseball. Rodriguez, the neighborhood baseball guru, takes Smalls under his wing and soon he becomes part of the local baseball buddies. Soon the boys have adventures involving baseball, treehouse sleep-ins, the lifeguard at the local pool, the snooty rival ball team, and the travelling fair. Beyond the fence at the back of the sandlot menaces a legendary ball-eating dog called The Beast, and the kids inevitably must deal with him.

June 7
The Neverending Story (1984)
Rated PG
Signature Cocktail: Southern Oracle
Bastian is a young boy who lives a dreary life being tormented by school bullies. On one such occasion, he escapes into a bookshop where the old proprietor reveals an ancient storybook to him, which he is warned can be dangerous. Shortly after, he “borrows” the book and begins to read it in the school attic where he is drawn into the mythical land of Fantasia, which desperately needs a hero to save it from destruction.

June 14
Hook (1991)
Rated PG
Signature Cocktail: Bang-a-rang
Peter Pan (Robin Williams) has grown up to be a cutthroat merger and acquisitions lawyer, and is married to Wendy’s granddaughter. Captain Hook (Dustin Hoffman) kidnaps his children, and Peter returns to Neverland with Tinkerbell (Julia Roberts). With the help of her and the Lost Boys, he must remember how to be Peter Pan again in order to save his children by battling with Captain Hook once again.

Tickets for the film series can be purchased by clicking here (please note: online ticketing currently only works on desktop and laptop computers, not on mobile), by calling the Museum’s box office at 303-651-8374 or purchased at the door.

The Longmont Museum & Cultural Center is located at 400 Quail Rd. They are open Monday-Saturday 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sundays from 1-5 p.m. For more information on upcoming events and exhibits, visit longmontmuseum.org.

Cover photo by Peter Lewicki