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Free Movie Fridays

Comedy Center To Show ‘Spaceballs,’ ‘Ghostbusters’

The National Comedy Center displays the ‘Spaceballs’ advertisement. P-J photo by Michael Zabrodsky

Free movie Fridays are here.

The National Comedy Center will be presenting two free movie nights featuring ‘Spaceballs’ and ‘Ghostbusters’ on Friday and Oct. 11. The free showings will take place on the two 350-square-foot high-definition video screens outside the center.

“We are happy to be able to present free movie nights to our community and what better way to start than with two classic films — ‘Spaceballs’ and ‘Ghostbusters.’ We often hear from visitors to the annual Lucille Ball Comedy Festival that our block parties are a highlight of the festival and that we should do more events like them — so we are. This is a great opportunity to enjoy a drink and share some laughs with friends and family.” said Director of Programming and Guest Experiences for the National Comedy Center Malachi Livermore.

“Spaceballs,” to be shown Friday at 7:30 p.m., is the ‘Star Wars’ parody directed, produced and co-written by Mel Brooks.

In a distant galaxy, planet Spaceball has depleted its air supply, leaving its citizens reliant on a product called “Perri-Air.” In desperation, Spaceball’s leader President Skroob (Brooks) orders the evil Dark Helmet (Rick Moranis) to kidnap Princess Vespa (Daphne Zuniga) of oxygen-rich Druidia and hold her hostage in exchange for air. But help arrives for the princess in the form of renegade space pilot Lone Starr (Bill Pullman) and his half-man, half-dog partner, Barf (John Candy).

Dan Aykroyd with Harold Ramis’ Dr. Egon Spengler Ghostbusters suit on display at the National Comedy Center. Submitted photo

On Oct. 11, “Ghostbusters” will be shown at 7:30 p.m. One of the biggest comedy films of all time — directed by Ivan Reitman and written by Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis.

After the members of a team of scientists (Ramis, Aykroyd, Bill Murray) lose their cushy positions at a university in New York City, they decide to become “ghostbusters” to wage a high-tech battle with the supernatural for money. They stumble upon a gateway to another dimension, a doorway that will release evil upon the city. The ghostbusters must now save New York City from complete destruction.

Ramis’ Dr. Egon Spengler Ghostbusters suit is on display at the center.

Both “Spaceballs” and “Ghostbusters” are rated PG. There will be limited seating available, so the community is encouraged to bring their own blankets or lawn chairs. Second Street, in front of the center, will be closed during the showing. Beer and wine will be available for purchase.

The National Comedy Center is open seven days a week in Jamestown. For more information, visit comedycenter.org or call 484-2222.

The National Comedy Center displays the ‘Ghostbusters’ advertisement. P-J photo by Michael Zabrodsky

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