The death of actor Gene Wilder hit fans hard, but his legacy lives on in the fart-filled world of Blazing Saddles and fantasyland of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. To honor and remember the world of pure imagination (and hilarity) he helped create on screen, AMC Theaters around the country are showing the two iconic films on Saturday, September 3 and Sunday, September 4.
A double feature of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory and Blazing Saddles will play in 55 AMC locations across the country, with the wonderful Wonka showing at 5 p.m. Eastern and Mel Brooks’s hilarious Western spoof following it at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are going for just $5 apiece, which is definitely worth – it since neither movie is available for free on streaming services.
If you don’t see your local theater on the list, don’t fret. Some-200 theaters are showing Willy Wonka, while 60 theaters in total will screen Blazing Saddles. Be sure to check your local listings for specifics.
Per AMC, heres a list of participating theaters for the Wilder double feature:
This isn’t the first time AMC has screened legendary works after the death of performers. Following the death of Prince earlier this year, it hosted special limited screenings of Purple Rain.
If you grew up watching Willy Wonka, and then found out Blazing Saddles is one of the funniest movies ever made, then this is the perfect opportunity to mourn the loss of Wilder and recall all the joy he gave audiences.
Wilder’s family says the late actor “simply couldn’t bear the idea of one less smile in the world.” This weekend’s double feature opportunity is the best possible way to ensure there’s a hefty dose of smiles all around.
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