The great comedic actor Gene Wilder passed away this week, and there was an immediate outpouring of support, sadness and reflection from the Hollywood community and fans on social-media. Wilder’s career spanned generations, thanks to his classic roles and amazing comedic timing.
To celebrate the wonderful films that Wilder has left behind, AMC Theatres and the Warner Bros. distribution team will bring two of Mr. Wilder’s most popular films back to the big screen. Starting this Saturday, Sept. 3 and Sunday, Sept. 4, “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” and “Blazing Saddles” will screen at 55 AMCs nationwide. AMC confirmed that Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory will play at 5 p.m. at every participating location and Blazing Saddles will play at 7:30 p.m.
Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory was directed by Mel Stuart. The film’s screenplay was written by Roald Dahl, the same author that created the classic book. Starring with Gene Wilder in the film were Jack Albertson and Peter Ostrum. Blazing Saddles was directed by the great Mel Brooks, who frequently worked with Wilder in films like Blazing Saddles and Young Frankenstein, Brooks also wrote the screenplay for the film with Norman Steinberg. Among the many stars in the comedy were Cleavon Little, Gene Wilder, Slim Pickens, Harvey Korman and the wonderful Madeline Kahn. All tickets are $5 for each title. Tickets can be purchased at the box office at each participating AMC, or online.
Fans that would like to watch films in theaters during the special promotion can get tickets online, or at participating theaters. For a full-list of theaters that will be showing the two movies you can visit the official promotional page at amctheatres.com.