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Empress Theatre to host Battle of the Behemoths

VICKI ARNDT – GAZETTE CONTRIBUTOR
Classic films will play at the Empress Theatre again as a prelude to the centennial film program in 2012.
“It Came From Beyond the Empress,” now in its third installment, will feature one of the most recognizable symbols of Japanese pop culture in the classic films starring Godzilla on Saturday, April 2.
The Empress Theatre turns 100 years in 2012.
“This is a major accomplishment considering the Empress is the oldest continually operating theatre in Alberta,” executive director Brent Hutchinson said.
To celebrate this milestone, classic film initiatives will be part of the centennial celebrations planned in 2012.
“It Came From Beyond the Empress” is meant to introduce classic films to current and new audience members as a prelude to the 2012 celebrations.
“The audience who attended the Frankenstein or the Alien film events thoroughly enjoyed themselves,” Empress community programs co-ordinator Jon Helm said. “Prizes were awarded, a variety of film trivia was shared with audience members and everyone had a great time.”
“We want to get those who live in and around Fort Macleod involved in new and exciting programs at the Empress Theatre,” Helm said. “Fort Macleod offers a lot to its community members in relation to its size and we strive to offer and enrich lives here even more. We have heard from several locals who want to bring their entire families to these film events, so we have restructured our ticket prices to make this more affordable.”
The first film of the evening is the original (1954) “Godzilla.”
The storyline follows American weapons testing which results in a seemingly unstoppable 164-foot dinosaur-like beast. It goes on a mad rampage, destroying Tokyo.
The second film to fire up the Empress screen will be ‘Mothra vs. Godzilla’ (1964). A greedy developer unwittingly releases a gigantic baby moth upon Tokyo, while Godzilla strikes once again.
Tickets are available at 1-800-540-9229, 403-553-4404 or www.empresstheatre.ab.ca.

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