Ohio Theatre spring film series starts Saturday

March 23, 2017 GMT

The Friends of the Ohio Theatre have announced a new spring movie series that begins this Saturday with “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.” The six-part series features films including musicals and comedies sponsored by area businesses. Ticket prices for each showing are $5, except for the April 4 presentation of “1984,” which will be $1. Most of the films are sponsored by either an area business or local individuals. Proceeds from the series benefit the nonprofit group as it works to restore the theater. “After Gene Wilder passed away, we were flooded with requests to show his films,” Elizabeth Auxier, Friends of the Ohio executive director, said of “Willy Wonka” and “Blazing Saddles.” For more information, search for Ohio Theatre on Facebook. The film series is set to include:

Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, 7 p.m., March 25

This 1971 film, based on the book “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” by Roald Dahl, stars Gene Wilder as the strange and amusing owner of a candy empire. Contest winners touring the factory are in for a wild ride in this colorful, musical journey. During this weekend’s showing, costumed characters from the movie will be available for photos.

1984, Tuesday, April 4, 6:30 p.m.

Based on the 1949 dystopian novel written by George Orwell, this 1985 feature film takes a look into the future of a totalitarian society where one man dares to break the law by falling in love. The film stars John Hurt, Richard Burton and Suzanna Hamilton.

Singin’ in the Rain, Saturday, April 15, 7 p.m.

This 1952 musical takes place in Hollywood during the 20s when movie stars and production companies had to make the move to films with sound. The high-energy movie stars Gene Kelly, Donald O’Connor and Debbie Reynolds.

Blazing Saddles, Saturday, April 22, 7 p.m.

Mel Brooks wrote and directed this 1974 comedy about a corrupt politician who tries to ruin a town in the old west. The film stars Cleavon Little, Gene Wilder, Harvey Korman and Madeline Kahn.

Footloose, Saturday, May 13, 7 p.m.

Kevin Bacon stars as rebellious city kid who brings rock music and dancing to a small town in this 1984 film. John Lithgow and Sarah Jessica Parker co-star.

Some Like it Hot, Saturday, June 3, 7 p.m.

Tony Curtis and Jack Lemon disguise themselves as members of an all-female band after witnessing a murder in this romantic comedy. Marilyn Monroe joins the duo for this 1959 classic.