PHOENIXVILLE -- It's BlobFest time again, as BlobFest 2008 begins this weekend, July 11 through 13, in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the 1958 film, "The Blob."
According to BlobFest committee member Joan Kelly, festivities begin Friday night when the doors of The Colonial Theatre will open at 7 p.m. for a free party in the theatre.
"We will have the Tin Foil Hat Competition, the Scream Contest and announcement of the 'Shorty' Award winners," said Kelly. "The Neanderthals, the Band That Time Forgot, will provide music."
The reenactment of the "running out of the theatre" will take place around 9 p.m.
"We want participants to run from the imaginary red, gooey monster," said Kelly. "They should be running out of the theatre with mock horror on their faces and arms waving in phony fear as local news crews tape and crowds cheer them on.
We want everyone to be safe and careful when running out."
On Saturday, the events begin at 11:30 a.m. along the 200 block of Bridge Street with the opening of the StreetFair, featuring classic cars, including one used in "The Blob," plus children's activities, music by The Neanderthals, along with food and merchandise vendors.
The winner of the Scream Contest will kick off the Fire Extinguisher Parade at noon, followed by the Costume Contest for fabulous prizes at 12:15.
A 50th Anniversary Blob retrospective featuring Kris Yeaworth, the son of the late Blob director Irivn (Shorty) Yeaworth, will take place Saturday from 1 to 2 p.m.
The theatre will be showing "The Blob" several times on Saturday. It will be shown at 2 p.m., 5:30 p.m. and 9 p.m.
Also featured will be "The Creature From The Black Lagoon in 3D at 3:30 p.m., and "The Tingler" at 10:30 p.m.
Actor Ricou Browning, who played the underwater Creature, will introduce the 3:30 showing of "The Creature From The Black Lagoon."
Browning, as well as special effects and make-up artist Tom Savini and the "real" Blob and its caretaker, Wes Shank, will be greeting fans inside the theatre building.
Making various appearances during BlobFest 2008 will be Bryan Bickhart of Phoenixville, who won the Steve McQueen Look-Alike Contest.
"We haven't figured out how we're going to use him all weekend," said Kelly. "We're sure we'll have him leading everyone out of the theatre for the running-out on Friday night."
Kelly said that purchase of a wristband is required for entry into the theatre.
Wristband purchase includes admission to The Blob/Creature double feature. Wristbands are $4 (members and children 13 and under)/ $6 (seniors)/$7 (adults).
Separate tickets must be purchased for the evening double feature, the Midnight Spook Show, at the same prices. Doors open at 8 p.m.
BlobFest '08 concludes Sunday, July 13, with a special salute to Steve McQueen at the Colonial with a screening of the 2007 documentary "An American Rebel: Steve McQueen."
The screening will take place at 2 p.m, and ticket prices are $4 (members and children 13 and under)/ $6 (seniors)/$7 (adults).
A showing of "The Blob" after the documentary is included in the ticket price.
Also over the BlobFest weekend, visitors can also check out the new Blob plaque that was recently dedicated.
Sculpted by Andrea Miskiewicz, it is stationed upon the projection wall at the top of the theatre balcony.
"We placed it near the projection wall as it's where the Blob comes out of the wall after it eats the projectionist," said Miskiewicz. "You can come up and touch it. It's made to be touched and rubbed for luck."
The plaque reads, "Through this wall in the year 1958 Shorty Yeaworth's The Blob brought the monster into the movie theater and Phoenixville's Colonial Theatre into the annals of film history."
BlobFest 2008 is sponsored by the Chester County Convention and Visitors Bureau.
For more information, visit the Colonial Theatre Web site at www.thecolonialtheatre.com or call the Colonial at 610-917-1228.