Tim Curry's Pennywise from the original TV version of Stephen King's IT is responsible, at least in part, for the total distrust of clowns held by many audiences today. Still, horror fans are eagerly awaiting the chance to be terrified by a new version of the demonic clown in the upcoming reboot of IT, with the hype around the movie reaching monumental heights.
If you're so eager to see the film that you'd be willing to watch while surrounded by the thing that scares you most, the Alamo Drafthouse has the screening for you. The Austin-based chain just announced something special: a screening of IT... for clowns.
The Alamo Drafthouse is hosting an #IT screening exclusively for people dressed as clowns. In other words, if you're afraid of clowns, you might want to stay away from Austin for the weekend... maybe even give Texas a miss altogether.
The screening will take place on September 9th at the Mueller theater located in Austin. The theater's website made this announcement today:
For this special screening of IT, all attendees should arrive dressed as a clown in order to attend. Please arrive early and join us in the Barrel O' Fun beginning at 5:30pm for an IT pre-party where we will have face-painters available for clown "touch-ups", a photo booth, raffles for prizes, and other terrifying merriment. Please arrive in your own Pennywise best and be ready to float with us.
The cinema is known for encouraging a strict no-talking or texting environment, and for serving food and alcoholic beverages. If I wasn't going to have my head shoved inside a college textbook all the way in New York, this would be a pretty awesome screening to attend. Another plus is that it certainly won't be as controversial as the last exclusive Drafthouse screening.
Special screenings at the Alamo Drafthouse aren't new, but they were thrust into the national news thanks to plans for a woman-only Wonder Woman screening earlier this year. Even though it was only one screening at a single theater, the Internet actually exploded as trolls complained. Some even went so far as to say that the chain was discriminating against men. Ironically, we eventually discovered that the screenings might have actually ended up being illegal.
Regardless of the reaction to the Wonder Woman screening, I think we can all agree it's good to see the Alamo Drafthouse giving back to the clown community with their own special screening!
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