I just recently found out some great news. The folks at the wonderful That's Entertainment! comic book store (actually it's now described as a "Pop Culture Emporium", which better describes all the stuff they sell) in Worcester, MA are putting on another "Godzilla Attacks Worcester" (also referred to as "Godzilla Invades Worcester") show at the Elm Draught House cinema in Millbury, MA! The second installment of this (hopefully continuing) series takes place on Monday, March 26 at 6:00 PM. I realize that's not much warning, but it appears that this show came together rather quickly. I just heard about it myself a couple days ago and figured I should make an attempt to spread the word.
Last year's show was an awesome evening of Japanese monster movie fun. That's Entertainment collaborated with the Elm Draught House to show two Godzilla films on the big screen (via DVD projection). In addition, they gave away a bunch of cool raffle prizes during the intermissions. The intermissions were also filled with fun Godzilla related shorts and classic drive-in intermission ads. Not only that, but the crowd was able to partake of the Elm's extensive menu throughout the night. Along with the standard popcorn, candy and soda, the Elm also offers beer, wine, pizza, hamburgers, hot dogs, chicken sandwiches, nachos, taquitos and ice cream (among other things). I actually wrote two pieces on the last show--one before it and one after it. Here they are if you want to get an idea about what's involved:
Here are a few images from last year to set the right mood
|The crowd enjoys the Kaiju action|
|Godzilla prepares to attack one of the Elm's pizzas|
|"Godzilla vs Gigan" starts|
|The start of "Godzilla: Final Wars"|
|The That's Entertainment gang raffle off the goodies|
I can only assume that the format will be similar to last year's program. They don't announce which two movies they will be playing until showtime. I was a bit concerned about this last year, but when you're talking about Godzilla movies does it really matter which ones they choose to show? Last year's films were a great combination of the old: "Godzilla vs. Gigan" (1972) and the new: "Godzilla: Final Wars" (2004). It would seem a safe bet that they'll follow this blueprint for the second show as well. I'm kind of hoping that one of the movies they will show will be "Destroy all Monsters" (1968), which was just recently released on DVD by Media Blasters/Tokyo Shock (here it is for sale at Amazon.com). We will just have to wait and see...
That's Entertainment is putting this show on for free. Monday at 6:00 PM might not seem like the best time to be putting on a show like this, but Monday is the only day of the week that the Elm Draught House is closed--and this the only night it's viable. Don't forget, it's FREE! The only hitch is that you have to visit their store on Park Ave. in Worcester before the show to pick up the tickets (one per person). I picked mine up on Wednesday--and was able to get two because I had the Tiny Beast with me! Last year's show was very well attended, so if you see this before Monday and want to go, hurry up and get down to That's Entertainment. Tell them Monster Dad sent you!
|My tickets to the show!|
|Here's a piece on the show in the latest issue of Worcester Magazine|