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Purple Rose of Death

By Shannon Weidman
In 2014 I joined a small group of 7th St Theatre volunteers who host the annual Hot August Frights movie marathon. Hot August Frights is a 12 hour movie marathon at the 7th St Theatre showcasing the best of the worst in old scary/creepy/horror movies. We have featured such classics as Santa Claus Conquers the Martians, Jesse James Meets Frankenstein’s Daughter, and Killer Clowns From Outer Space.

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In the spring of 2014 our little misfit group was debating which movies we should show and what might we show in the 10 – 15 minutes between movies while people are stretching their legs and refilling their popcorn buckets. It was then that I got the genius (and overly ambitious) idea that we could make our OWN short horror movies to show between the “real” movies.
The first script I completed was called “The Purple Rose of Death.” It was an homage to silent horror movies like “Nosferatu” as well as to Woody Allen’s 1985 movie, “The Purple Rose of Cairo” in which a movie character steps out of the movie screen and into the real world. In my movie, a real life person would be lured INTO a horror movie. It sounded so easy.
I recruited friends and fellow 7th Street volunteers as my actors and crew and went to work. Our opening shot was going to be the exterior of a haunted house. 30 seconds into filming our fancy camera had a dead battery and our sunlight was gone. We turned on the high beams of my car for lighting and we filmed the rest of the movie using our cell phones.

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After way too many hours of editing we finally put together a little movie that might not bring home any awards, but which we had a fun time making and we learned so much about the effort that goes into making movies. The movie (along with a few others we made) was shown between the “real” films at the 2014 Hot August Frights movie marathon and has not been seen publicly since. So.. for the first time since that initial screening, I present to you.. The Purple Rose of Death!

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Fortune and Glory

First, allow myself to introduce.. myself. My name is Shannon Weidman and I am a volunteer/poster designer/board member/movie lover at the 7th Street Theatre. My involvement with the 7th Street Theatre began with my childhood hero, Indiana Jones.

I have always enjoyed the old time atmosphere of the theatre but my appreciation for it really picked up in September, 2008 when I found out that the 7th Street Theatre was showing “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade”. I was super excited to see it on the big screen for the first time in many years. You see, when I was a little boy I used to pretend that I was Indiana Jones and I was even the proud owner of an officially licensed Indiana Jones hat. (I’m pretty sure I wore out the garage door by constantly hitting the button, running through the garage, and rolling underneath the door as it closed.) Since I had successfully imparted my love for the Indiana Jones series on my son, I brought him along to the theatre and (of course) had him dress up in his Indy costume. We had a wonderful time and I was hooked on the theatre. He even brought home a souvenir T-Shirt.
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We had such a good time that the next time the theatre showed an Indiana Jones movie (Raiders of the Lost Ark in 2012) we went again. This time I brought my daughter too and we all dressed up (big Indy, little Indy, and Marion).
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Fast forward to March, 2015 and the theatre completed the original Indiana Jones trilogy by showing “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom”. This time around I posed as Indy, my son reprised his role as “little Indy” and my friend Rick dressed as the evil Mola Ram. We posed for pictures with movie patrons and had a great time.
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Those first experiences were so fun that I wanted to get more involved with the theatre so I volunteered to help make a movie poster for one of the theatre’s movies (Poltergiest – if you ever see the poster try to see the 3d image in the TV screen!). Then I made a few more movie posters.. then I joined the volunteer group selling tickets and concessions, then I joined the movie selection committee, the Hot August Frights committee, and finally the Board of Directors. It all started when my son and I went to watch our favorite movie at a beautiful old theatre. So come on out, bring the kids, and make some memories.

by Shannon Weidman

2016 Movie Series

Jan 15 & 16 Spaceballs 1987
Feb 12 & 13 Groundhog Day 1993
Mar 5 & 6 Strangers on a Train 1951
Mar 18 & 19 Big Trouble in Little China 1986
Apr 8 & 9 Monty Python and the Holy Grail 1975
Apr 23 & 24 The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance 1962
May 7 & 8 The King and I 1956
May 20 & 21 This is Spinal Tap 1984
August 13 Hot August Frights – Creepy Crawly Marathon featuring Eight Legged Freaks 2002
Sep 3 & 4 Desk Set 1957
Sep 23 & 24 Hook 1991
Oct 8 & 9 What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? 1962
Oct 28 & 29 Alien 1979
Nov 12 & 13 Stalag 17 1953
Nov 25 & 26 Planes, Trains & Automobiles 1987
Dec 3 Elf 2003
Dec 17 & 18 The Bishop’s Wife 1947

Website Update

Our website has recently been updated.  Thank you to everyone for your patience during the transition.  Now the site should be easily accessible on your smart phones and tablets.

Hand-crafted Goonies Treasure Chests

Hand-crafted espDSCN0594ecially for our screening of The GoonDSCN0595ies on May 29 & 30!  These amazing one-of-a-kind treasure chests  were built and donated by the Stafford Creek Corrections Center Veteran’s Project.  The plaque in the center of the lid is crafted from the original pieces of stage flooring from the theatre!  There will be one chest, laden with booty, auctioned off each night.

Original inventory listing

Thanks to Sharon Balin, the widow of Al Balin, for donating the original inventory listing.  The list belonged to Al when he managed the 7th Street Theatre in the 1970s era.  We plan to digitize all pages, but here’s a shot of page 1.  Al passed away earlier this year.

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Nails Apparel store in the early 1950s

Here’s a photo found in a promotional book of Grays Harbor that was printed between 1950 and 1955.  This women’s clothing store was in the corner tenant space of the theatre.

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Movies chosen for 2014

Here’s our list of films chosen for 2014!

 

Jan 10-11 Viva Las Vegas (1964)
Jan 24-25 Special “Movies Filmed Here” event
  Jan 24 McQ (1974)
  Jan 25 Ring of Fire (1961)
Feb 14-15 The Princess Bride (1987)
Mar 8-9 The Quiet Man (1952)
Mar 21-22 Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971)
Apr 12-13 Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)
Apr 25-26 Top Gun (1986)
May 3-4 South Pacific (1958)
May 16-17 Jaws (1975)
Aug 16 Hot August Frights – Thriller Movie Marathon Featuring Army of Darkness
Sep 13-14 All About Eve (1950)
Sep 26-27 The Breakfast Club  (1985)
Oct 4-5 House of Wax (1953)
Oct 24-25 Shaun of the Dead (2004)
Nov 8-9 The Great Escape (1963)
Nov 28-29 White Christmas (1954)
Dec 6 A Christmas Story (1983)

First batch of on-site bricks engraved

Our first batch of on-site engraving took place on April 24th.  Bricks are still available, until they are all engraved.  If you’re interested in an engraved brick, a form and pricing  is available here.

Crews engrave bricks in front of the theatre on April 24.

Crews engrave bricks in front of the theatre on April 24.