Bar/doors open: 1:00PM
Trailers & shorts: 1:45PM
Main feature: 2:00PM
1971 / 100 min / G
Director: Mel Stuart
Cast: Gene Wilder, Jack Albertson, Peter Ostrum
Indulge your cinematic sweet tooth “in a world of pure imagination,” when The Hollywood screens Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, featuring the brilliant Gene Wilder as the reclusive and mercurial title character.
Children and adults alike the world over are desperate to get their hands on a “Golden Ticket” that Wonka has placed inside five of his chocolate Wonka Bars, that will entitle the winner and one guest to a tour of the chocolate factory (run by his diminutive but loyal Oompa Loompas), along with a lifetime supply of chocolate.
When Charlie Bucket, a young lad from a poor family lucks into one of the tickets, he takes his formerly bedridden Grandpa Joe to accompany him, only to find the other four children who have won tickets are entitled brats with enabling parents and a selfish disregard for Wonka’s factory rules.
Director Mel Stuart brings to life a delightfully delicious world in vibrant colors and song, that sprinkles sugar on the film’s dark undertones, which makes Wonka equally appealing for adults.
“Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory is probably the best film of its sort since The Wizard of Oz. It is everything that family movies usually claim to be, but aren’t: Delightful, funny, scary, exciting, and, most of all, a genuine work of imagination. Willy Wonka is such a surely and wonderfully spun fantasy that it works on all kinds of minds, and it is fascinating because, like all classic fantasy, it is fascinated with itself.” – Roger Ebert