A day at the movies for a marathon of monster madness is a day well spent. There is something nostalgic about it. Once you enter those glorious double doors into the dark theater, it's just you and the projector, escaping present dilemmas and falling back into the old days of hiding out at the movies. Of course, the money-saving aspect doesn't hurt, either. An even more fulfilling time at a movie marathon is when unique vendor tables are stationed along the walls of the lobby, enticing your pocketbook to unfold itself and empty, empty, empty.
This weekend, the Portage Theater is having their 4th Annual Comic Book and Collectible Show. To spice things up, it's being merged with the monthly monster show that already draws fans in for classics on the big screen – at no extra charge! This is a two-day Weekend of Comics! Monsters! Movies! fest that only costs $5 a day! Kids get in for $3. Pretty cool, I must say. Vintage is the key word here. Vintage comics, toys, cards, action figures, models, and collectibles. Old school, classic monster movies screening inside all day long. Vintage horror collectibles, monster magazines, DVDs, posters, and horror-related toys will also be for sale in the lobby. As far as the movies being shown – get ready for a weird mix!
The film schedule is as follows:
Saturday, June 9, 2012
2:00 pm - GORGO
3:45 pm - HOWARD THE DUCK
5:20 pm - JAWS
7:20 pm - AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON
9:45 pm - NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD
Sunday, June 10, 2012
Noon - MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE
2:00 pm - KRULL
4:00 pm - THE GHOST AND MR. CHICKEN
Look at the film schedule again. Is that not incredibly fun, or what? $5 a day! The best parts about these events is meeting new, like-minded fans, and the Portage Theater staff are really cool people. Besides the usual concessions, they have beer! If alcohol isn't your thing, I highly recommend the grape soda for those with a sweet tooth.
There will be activities all weekend, including special guests (TBA), raffle giveaways and contests. Doors open at 10:45 am. Portage Theater, 4050 N. Milwaukee Avenue.
Seriously, dropping a fiver for SIX classic monster movies is a great deal. (I guess Howard the Duck was tossed in for fun?) Just grab that giant, big-as-your-head cup of grape soda and veg out.