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Celebrate ten years of Meanwhile movies at Wealthy Theatre

The Meanwhile Film Series & Perrin Brewing Company present "The Big Lebowski" up on the big screen! Festivities begin Tuesday, September 4, 2018 at 6:30 p.m. in celebration of the 10-year anniversary for The Meanwhile Film Series.
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The first movie shown in the Meanwhile Film Series was “Repo Man,” shown on September 2, 2008. The movies series idea was created by a combination of thoughts from Jeff VandenBerg and Erin Wilson.

"Aside from when it hits a big holiday, we’ve played a cult classic movie every single Tuesday night for the last 10 years," says Sarah Vesely, Wealthy Theatre's Director. The movie always starts at 8 p.m.

Tonight, the Meanwhile series is celebrating its ten-year anniversary with a showing of “The Big Lebowski.”

Community favorite films also include "The Rocky Horror Picture Show," "Back to the Future," "The Shining" and "The Labyrinth."

The show runners almost every Tuesday are Geoff Hudson on projection and Sean Kenny and Matt Saganski volunteering in concessions. In the past, Jes Kramer has served at the box office. Now, Jackie Peterman serves in this role.

The tenth year is packed with old and new favorites, and more interactive elements added to the night.

Film nights have been sponsored by organizations such as Mitten Brewing Company, Grand Rapids Feminist Film Fest, Perrin Brewing Company, Thriller! Chiller! Film Fest, The Mosaic Film Experience, The Pickle Fort Film Collective, Grand Rapids Public Library and others.

Select nights have pre-show discussions talking about the movie and behind the scenes information for movies such as "Bound," "Black Panther," and more.

September 4th: Perrin Brewing Company presents: “Perrin Brewing’s Little Lebowski Urban Achievers Fest” at 6:30 p.m. at Wealthy Theatre. There will be Lebowski themed drinks available for CMC members, Lebowski themed games taking place around the building, along with a costume contest, prizes and more!  "The Big Lebowski" will screen in the Wege auditorium at 8 p.m.

Upcoming Interactive movie screenings:

"The Rocky Horror Picture Show" on October 30, 2018 will feature 2 screenings. At 8 p.m., there will be a Shadow Cast performance by local actors. At 11:30 p.m., crowd participation is strongly encouraged. Prop bags will be sold in the lobby.                                   

"The Room" on September 11, 2018 will feature 2 screenings. At 8 p.m., crowd participation is strongly encouraged. At 11 p.m., Funny Girls, a local female-identified comedy troupe, will perform a live commentary with the movie, ala Mystery Science Theatre 3000.

"Black Panther" will be shown on November 6, 2018. There will be a pre-show presentation and Q&A with Phillip Boutte Jr., costumer designer from Black Panther. It is presented by Mosaic Film Experience.

Have a suggestion for a movie?

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Want to get involved?

We’re always looking for more volunteers to run the concession stand! Email [email protected] or sign-up online at WealthyTheatre.org/volunteer

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Special thanks:

Jeff Vandenberg, The Meanwhile Bar, Erin Wilson, Geoff Hudson,  Matt Saganski, Sean Kenny, Tony & Shirley Griffin, Tom Schwallie, Debra Roy, Egypt Kyles, Chris Kotcher, Sarah Vesely, Jackie Peterman, Jes Kramer, Will Mosqueda, the Grand Rapids Community Media Center, Perrin Brewing Company, the Grand Rapids Feminist Film Festival, Mitten Brewing Company, the Mosaic Film Experience, Thriller! Chiller! Film Fest, the Pickle Fort Film Collective, Grand Rapids Public Library and more.

Editor's/ Director's note: The original article was published with incomplete information. The article has since been updated to reflect the additional information. We regret the error.

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