Local theatre prepares for spooky holiday

By: Jensen Burnheimer ’21, Staff Writer

As fall is upon us, local businesses are prepping for the spookiest day of the year–Halloween.

Among these local businesses is the Allen Theatre. This old fashioned, single-screen theatre is preparing for the holiday by gathering some of Halloween fans’ favorite films. These movies include “The Nightmare Before Christmas”, “Psycho (1960)”, “Dracula Ballet” and “Halloween (2018).”

“All October long we’ve been showing some of our favorite Halloween movies to bring some excitement back to the community,” Nick Felty, a manager at the Allen Theatre and Backstage Café, said.

While the chance to see “The Nightmare Before Christmas” has already passed, there are many opportunities to see the other spooky films throughout the rest of October.

“I’ve never seen ‘The Nightmare Before Christmas,’ but after seeing it at the Allen Theater I really fell in love with the whimsical charm this film had to offer as well as the absolutely adorable aesthetic of the theater,” Kaitlyn Reed, a senior political science major, said. “I hope to see more films at the Allen Theatre, like ‘Halloween’, which is coming out soon. I believe it’s important to support small businesses during the pandemic, and the Allen is a definite hotspot for Friday night films, or any other day really.”

The Allen Theatre has chosen two special showings for Halloween. “Dracula Ballet” is set for Oct. 30 and Oct. 31 at 7:30 p.m. As a treat to local Halloween fans, they have also chosen to feature “Halloween (2018)” on the same dates for a rare night showing at 10 p.m.

The current showing is the uncut and unrated version of “Psycho (1960)” at the theatre’s regular showtimes of 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.

For Halloween lovers nearby, the Allen Theatre is a great place to get in the holiday spirit with friends and family. For more information on movies and showtimes, visit https://www.allentheatre.com/, or follow their social media accounts to stay up to date with their future features.