posted June 6, 2012

“Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory” Rescheduled to August 16

The Hope College Knickerbocker Theatre’s free showing of “Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory” has been moved from Thursday, June 21, to Thursday, Aug. 16, due to a scheduling conflict at the theatre.

The film is being featured through the theatre’s free family film series.  The other two films in the series are showing as originally planned:  “The Love Bug” on Thursday, June 7, and “Raiders of the Lost Ark” on Thursday, June 14.  Each film will begin at 8 p.m.

The timing is intended to enable audience members to enjoy the downtown street performers and then watch a family-friendly movie for free.  The films were selected to celebrate the original movie creations, each of which was followed by a series or a subsequent adaptation.

Starring Dean Jones, Michele Lee and David Tomlinson, the 1968 “The Love Bug” is about a race car driver who becomes a champion with a Volkswagen Beetle with a mind of its own.  That car, “Herbie,” went on to star in multiple additional films as well as a television series.  The film is rated G and has a runtime of 108 minutes.

Starring Harrison Ford, Karen Allen and Paul Freeman, 1981’s “Raiders of the Lost Ark” is about the archeologist and adventurer Indiana Jones, who is hired by the U.S. government to find the Ark of the Covenant before the Nazis. “Raiders” was followed by three sequel films and a television series focused on Jones’s adventures in childhood and as a young adult.  The film is rated PG and has a runtime of 115 minutes.

Starring Gene Wilder, Jack Albertson and Peter Ostrum, the 1971 “Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory” is about a poor boy named Charlie Bucket winning the opportunity to tour the most eccentric and wonderful candy factory of all. The film is adapted from Roald Dahl’s book “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” which was also adapted to film in 2005.  The film is rated G and has a runtime of 100 minutes.

The Knickerbocker Theatre is located in downtown Holland at 86 E. Eighth St.