Ride-In Theater plans screening of ‘Hocus Pocus’

hocuspocusKira HaysAssociate editor

Witches, magic, talking cats, oh my! The Corpus Christi Ride-In Theater presents the classic Halloween favorite “Hocus Pocus” on Oct. 25.

Starring Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy as the Sanderson sisters, the story tells of three witch sisters who, after three centuries, are resurrected on Halloween night in Salem, Massachusetts. It’s up to two teenagers, a young girl and an immortal talking cat to put an end to the witches’ reign of terror over the town once and for all.

There is something for everyone in this movie, which includes singing, comedy, action, great music and thrills. This month, the Ride-In Theater has partnered with Concrete Street Amphitheater for the screening.

Concessions will be open, serving a variety of foods and beverages. Outside food and drinks are prohibited at this screening. Ride-In Theater committee member Boomer Matthews is very excited about hosting the event at Concrete Street.

“We are expecting a large crowd, so we wanted everyone who attends to have the best experience,” Matthews said. “And, it’s free!” Matthews also reflected on his love for the movie.

“The beauty of ‘Hocus Pocus’ is that it doesn’t matter how old you are, you will always enjoy this classic family film.” Committee member Madeline Schmidt said the best part of the screening is that it is a free event in downtown Corpus Christi.

“It’s great that you can bring the whole family to the event,” Schmidt said. “We have fun for all ages, and are constantly trying to find new things to incorporate into our event.” The response from the community about the movie for this month has been great and the committee is excited about how much Ride-In can continue to grow. “We have a lot of fun and exciting activities planned for the event,” Schmidt said. “The more people we can reach at our events helps add to the success of future events and we would love it if every screening could attract these kinds of numbers of attendance.”

Schmidt also said everyone should check out what the exclusive Ride-In Lounge has to offer. “The new Ride-In Lounge is a great addition,” she said. “We offer prime seating and cocktail service for only $10 or $20.”

The Ride-In Lounge will be set up for anyone who would like to take advantage of this great deal. For $10 you get access to the best vantage point of the film and cocktail service to the bar so you don’t have to leave your seat to grab a drink. For $20 you get all of the previously mentioned amenities and you get to sprawl out on a rented lounge chair so that you can kick back, relax and enjoy the movie in style.

To reserve your Ride-In Lounge spot, message the Ride-In Theater Facebook page or purchase a spot on the day of the event. Steven Alford, a Ride-In committee member and local musician who performs under the name Steven James, said he is excited that this movie was picked for this month’s screening.

“This was one of my favorite Halloween movies when I was growing up and it will be really cool seeing it on the big screen,” Alford said. Alford said seeing so many people come together to watch some of their favorite movies is a neat experience for Ride-In volunteers.

“Some guests come dressed at their favorite characters, or sing along or quote their favorite parts of the movies,” Alford said. “It’s really cool seeing so much love for film in our city.” Numerous prizes will be raffled off at the screening, including merchandise from Steven James, passes to the Science and History Museum and more.

Come dressed in your Halloween costume and enter the costume contest to be held before the screening as well as other spooky surprises. Grab your blankets and chairs and join the fun at 7 p.m. Oct. 25 at Concrete Street Amphitheater. The movie will begin at 8 p.m.

For more information about the Ride-In Theater and its screenings, visit www.facebook.com/ccrideintheater.

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