In a salute to the late comic actor Gene Wilder, who died last Sunday, Aug. 28, at age 83, Warner Bros. Classics is bringing back to movie theaters two of his best pictures, “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” and “Blazing Saddles.” The screenings are only scheduled for this weekend.
According to a Warner Bros. spokesperson, a little more than 200 theaters across the country will be screening “Willy Wonka.” About 60 theaters – mostly in the AMC chain — will be showing “Blazing Saddles” as well.
We have lists of 162 of these theaters that will be showing “Willy Wonka,” including the ones that will be showing “Blazing Saddles.”
All of the theaters on the lists are owned by either AMC or Regal Entertainment. Seven of the theaters on our lists are Arclight Cinemas.
For other theaters that may be showing these two films this weekend, please check your local listings.
Steve Bunnell, Chief Content and Programming Officer at Regal Entertainment Group, speaking of “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory,” said in a statement, “Gene Wilder took one of Roald Dahl’s most beloved characters and put his own spin on the role leaving a lasting impression on a generation of moviegoers. We want to give Wilder’s fans, as well as a whole new generation and their families an opportunity to see his most famous role once again on the big screen.”
AMC theatres, on its website wrote, “In honor of the life and incredible career of the late Gene Wilder, AMC Theatres worked with the Warner Bros. distribution team to bring two of Mr. Wilder’s most popular films back to the big screen.”