PHOENIXVILLE – Science fiction fans with a fondness for the gooey mess that became “The Blob” -- a B movie that also marked the debut of actor Steve McQueen -- will celebrate the iconic flick this weekend.
The Colonial Theater, seen in a scene with hundreds of panicked fans racing out its doors, will host the 14th annual BlobFest, “Bug Out BlobFest!,” on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
BlobFest is a kitschy, family-friendly event saluting the 1958 classic sci-fi movie The Blob which was filmed in and around Phoenixville.
“Bug Out BlobFest, which will celebrate the best of the buggy B sci-fi films of the 1950s, is sponsored by Staybridge Suites Royersford, the official hotel of BlobFest.
BlobFest will welcome special guest Keith Almoney to the festivities all weekend. Keith played little Danny Martin in the film. Just 5-years-old when the film was made, he has vivid memories of his time on set and will be sharing them with BlobFest attendees during a special presentation.
The event begins Friday, July 12, with a stage show and Run Out Reenactment at the theater hosted by BlobFest’s own Dr. Frank N. Stone. Joining him will be horror host Mr. Lobo of Cinema Insomnia as guest co-host.
Doors open at 7 p.m. for this weird and wacky night that features music and mayhem, the Shorty Awards recognizing the winners of BlobFest’s seventh annual amateur short film contest, a screening of the winning films, appearances by Ghoul A-Go-Go and Patient Creature characters, plus the “real” Blob and its caretaker, Wes Shank.
Throughout the evening, the sounds of Sid Cada and the Exterminators will fill the theater.
The evening culminates with the crowd favorite, the reenactment of the “Running Out of the Theatre” scene from the movie, at approximately 9 p.m.
Tickets for this and all events are on sale now. Seating is limited. If tickets for the Friday night Run Out have sold out, fans are invited to gather across the street from the theatre to watch the Run Out.
BlobFest continues Saturday, July 13, at 11 a.m. with the StreetFair, featuring music by DJ Hot Rod Scott and Professor Couch of The Roots Rockabilly Roadhouse show on WPRB 103.3 FM. At noon the Fire Extinguisher Parade takes place as a tribute to the humble piece of firefighting equipment that saved the world from The Blob.
The StreetFair then gets into full gear with rockabilly band The Buzzards playing music sets throughout the afternoon. A Costume Contest for fabulous cash prizes will take place at 1 p.m., with contestant registration beginning at noon. Registration is $5 per person or costume group. Storytelling performances by The Patient Creatures, a performance by The Olde City Sideshow, an all-day hot rod car show by The Violators Motor Club, and food and merchandise vendors round out the StreetFair, which ends at 5 p.m.
Multiple showings of The Blob, plus two other horror classics, will take place inside The Colonial Theater on Saturday. On the theatre’s third floor, the “real” Blob and its caretaker Wes Shank will greet fans, as will Blob cast member Keith Almoney, characters from Ghoul A Go-Go, a New York-based children’s show, and The Patient Creatures.
While admission to the StreetFair is free, wristbands must be purchased for access to the special guests, displays and vendors on three floors of The Colonial Theatre. The wristband purchase also includes a seat for one of two daytime double features of The Blob and Them! (1954). Them! is the terrifying story of ants contaminated by nuclear testing which grow to giant size and threaten all mankind.
The Saturday Late Show double feature includes “The Blob” followed by “Tarantula” (1957), the story of a monstrous eight-legged arachnid created by a professor’s experiment gone horribly wrong.
BlobFest ‘14 concludes Sunday, with a 2 p.m. Q & A session with Blob cast member Keith Almoney, followed by the final double feature, “The Blob” plus “The Deadly Mantis” (1957), a frightening tale of a gigantic preying mantis released from the “frozen glacial world unchanged in a million years” which goes on to “leave a trail of carnage.”
Ticket prices for the Friday night Run Out, the Saturday afternoon and evening double features and the Sunday afternoon Q & A and double feature are $11 for adults, $9 for seniors and $7 for theatre members and children 12 and under.
The mission of the Association for the Colonial Theatre (ACT), a not-for-profit organization, is to enhance the collective well being of our region by restoring the landmark Colonial Theatre and promoting cultural, economic and civic life. To that end, ACT presents film, live theatre, music, dance and other community events in the heart of Phoenixville’s historic business district.