Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Ultimate Willy Wonka!

The Alamo Drafthouse is pretty much my favorite place on earth (after Disney Theme Parks of course).  If you are not familiar with The Alamo Drafthouse, it is a small ( but growing) theater chain built for movie lovers.  First of all you can order food from your seat and eat it during the movie.  This is done by writing down what you want and placing it in a rail for a waiter to pick up.  The theater itself looks like this.

If you look carefully, I'm actually in this photo.

Aside from the eating/drinking and their awesome no talking or texting policy,(or that they own Mondo) The Alamo Drafthouse holds some amazing events.  I have seen Rushmore with Jason Schwartzman and The Breakfast Club with Anthony Michael Hall.  Both stars hung out before the show to talk to fans and participated in a Q&A after their film. The most recent event I attended was a screening of Willy Wonka with the original Veruca Salt and Mike Teevee in attendance.


Not only were some of the films stars there to answer questions, but everyone in the audience was given a bag of goodies to use during the film.  There were bubbles for the fizzy lifting drink scene, dryer sheets to make the theater smell like a laundry for "Cheer up Charlie."  We had champagne poppers for when the great glass elevator bursts through the ceiling, streamers to throw during "I Want it Now" and of course, lots of candy.

Before the film started Julie Dawn Cole (Veruca Salt) and Paris Themmen (Mike Teevee) came out to introduce themselves and say a few words.  Julie came back during the movie to pantomime her "I Want it Now" sequence, which the crowd went crazy for.  When the movie was over, they came back out to answer questions from the audience.  Julie talked about how her and Denise Nickerson (Violet) both had crushes on Peter Ostrum (Charlie) and would switch off days holding his hand.  Paris said that since he was younger and kind of a brat they wanted nothing to do with him.  


Paris is mostly bald, so of course someone asked if it was because of Gene Wilder pulling his hair in the "Pure Imagination" scene.  He laughed and said they had to do that part 9 times.  Julie talked about how Roy Kinnear (the man who played her father) taught her a trick for getting paid extra and being in more shots.  He showed her how he elbowed people and leaned into the scene so he would be seen on camera.  This ensured he would get paid for being on camera but also appear in the film more.  I had given my wife Becky a pretty good question to ask, but when Julie looked over and was about to pick her, they were told time was up.  There was another movie starting soon so they had to wrap things up.  Julie shrugged at Becky and mouthed "sorry."

After the screening we were all given a Willy Wonka poster singed by Julie and Paris.


After everyone had left the theater, Becky and I waited around to see if we could say hello to Julie and Paris.  We ended up walking outside at the same time they did.  I went up to Julie and thanked her for coming and told her how much I had enjoyed it.  Paris came up to us and I thanked him as well.  Julie recognized Becky and said "You had a question that we did not get to, what was it?"  Becky asked the question I had been wondering my whole life.  What is a bean feast?  In "I Want it Now"  Veruca says "I want a feast, I want a bean feast!"  As a kid I always thought, "Who wants a feats made entirely of beans?"  Turns out, that's not what it is at all.  A bean feast has nothing to do with beans.  Julie told us that it is like a harvest festival where you have the best of everything.  She went into more detail about it, but I was so excited to be standing next to Veruca Salt I don't even remember what else she said.

After that we parted ways.  Julie and Paris were both very friendly and since they had stopped to talk to us I did not want to bother them more and ask for a photo.  Maybe next year!





1 comment:

  1. This place doesn't obnoxiously scream $$$$ at you, rather casually whispers it in a downtown sheik kind of way. Either way, the message that it's an upscale and pricey place is clearly heard.

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