Versions of clowns date back hundreds of years, with the modern-day version of a circus clown being born in the 19th century. These comedic performers are meant to spark joy and laughter in their audience, though some people feel the exact opposite effect, having an intrinsic fear of the characters. One of the most terrifying clowns in all of pop culture would be Pennywise the Dancing Clown, made famous in Stephen King's novel IT. The character is set to return to theaters in September's IT CHAPTER TWO, with various Alamo Drafthouse locations honoring the character by offering clown-only screenings of the film.
Per Drafthouse's website, "From humble beginnings as a sarcastic response to a snarky Facebook comment, we terrified coulrophobes with sold-out Clowns Only screenings of Stephen King's IT: CHAPTER ONE in Austin, Dallas, San Antonio, Phoenix, Omaha, and Brooklyn. Folks took notice. Are they back for the concluding chapter of Stephen King's magnum opus? Oh yes. Clowns Only screenings are on sale now for IT: CHAPTER TWO, director Andy Muschietti's follow-up to 2017's smash hit, a visceral and gleefully deranged story of small-town evil where even sweet old ladies can turn into nude psychotic killers in an instant."
It adds, "What does a Clowns Only screening mean? Well, it means... please come dressed as a clown. Wig, makeup, oversized pants and suspenders, blood-curdling makeup. Then you'll watch the chilling conclusion to the biggest horror duology ever made with a theater full of fellow... clowns."
The theater chain is known for offering audiences unique screening events that might entice their clientele, with Drafthouse making headlines back in 2017 for hosting screenings of Wonder Woman that were intended for individuals who identified as women only. Some moviegoers were so oblivious to the intention of such screenings that they commented on the theater's Facebook page wondering if they would cater to the clown community by offering clown-only screenings of IT, which the Drafthouse followed through on for no real reason other than to mock those who took issue with the Wonder Woman events.
The following Alamo Drafthouse theaters will be participating in the event (UPDATE: Tickets can be purchased here):
Village - Saturday, September 7th
Slaughter Lane - Saturday, September 7th
Lakeline - Saturday, September 7th
Mueller - Saturday, September 7th
San Antonio, Texas
Park North - Thursday, September 5th
Westlakes - Thursday, September 5th
Los Angeles, California
DTLA - Sunday, September 8th
Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas
Richardson - Friday, September 6th
Westminster - Saturday, September 7th
Chandler - Friday, September 6th
Tempe - Friday, September 6th
Ashburn - Thursday, September 5th
Woodbridge - Thursday, September 5th
Charlottesville - Saturday, September 8th
Raleigh, North Carolina
Raleigh - Friday, September 6th
Springfield - Thursday, September 5th
Twin Cities, Minnesota
Woodbury - Friday, September 6th
IT CHAPTER TWO lands in theaters on September 6th.0comments
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