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October 19, 2017, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
A 90-year-old atheist has outlived and out-smoked his contemporaries, and as he comes to terms with his own mortality, he searches for ever-elusive enlightenment. The final performance of Harry Dean Stanton, which serves as the perfect coda to his career. NR / 88 min.
October 20, 2017, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
After moving to Salem, Mass., teenager Max Dennison (Omri Katz) explores an abandoned house with his sister Dani (Thora Birch) and their new friend, Allison (Vinessa Shaw). After dismissing a story Allison tells as superstitious, Max accidentally frees a coven of evil witches (Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kathy Najimy) who used to live in the house. Now, with the help of a magical cat, the kids must steal the witches' book of spells to stop them from becoming immortal. PG / 96 min.
October 20, 2017, 10:00 PM
The Late Show. A compendium of five short but terrifying tales directed by George A. Romero and written by Stephen King. Contained within a single full-length feature, this film conjures scares from traditional bogeymen and portents of doom. In one story, a monster escapes from its holding cell. Another focuses on a husband (Leslie Nielsen) with a creative way of getting back at his cheating wife. Other stories concern a rural man (Stephen King) and a visitor from outer space, and a homeowner (E.G. Marshall) with huge bug problems and a boozing corpse. R / 120 min.
October 21, 2017, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
October 21, 2017, 10:00 PM - 11:30 PM
The Late Show. The second of three films in Sam Raimi's EVIL DEAD series is part horror, part comedy, with Ash Williams (Bruce Campbell) once again battling horrifying demons at a secluded cabin in the woods. After discovering an audiotape left by a college professor that contains voices reading from the Book of the Dead, Ash's girlfriend Linda (Denise Bixler) becomes possessed by evil spirits that are awakened by the voices on the tape. Ash soon discovers there is no escaping the woods. R / 84 min.
October 22, 2017, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
A documentary team films the lives of a group of vampires (Jemaine Clement, Taika Waititi, Jonathan Brugh) for a few months as they try to cope with the complexities of modern life and show a newly turned hipster (Cori Gonzalez-Macuer) some of the perks of being undead. R / 87 min.
October 23, 2017, 7:00 PM
A throwback to a bygone era of live entertainment, the Normal Theater is thrilled to present Vaudeville Mondays. Every other Monday night, join us for an evening of spectacle and performance. Each show will contain a number of different acts that will cross genres and performance styles-theatre, comedy, music, dance, magic, film, lecture, demonstrations, and anything else you can imagine. Each show will have a different collection of local artists and performers. You will never see the same show twice!
This all-ages appropriate showcase of local performers of all disciplines is completely free to attend, and is a key aspect of the Normal Theater's mission to be a performance venue for and of the community.
October 25, 2017, 7:00 PM - 10:30 PM
Part of the Six Week Film School series, "From ALICE to SILENCE - The Scorsese Style," curated by William Thomas McBride.
Amsterdam Vallon (Leonardo DiCaprio) is a young Irish immigrant released from prison. He returns to the Five Points seeking revenge against his father's killer, William Cutting (Daniel Day-Lewis), a powerful anti-immigrant gang leader. He knows that revenge can only be attained by infiltrating Cutting's inner circle. Amsterdam's journey becomes a fight for personal survival and to find a place for the Irish people in 1860's New York. 2002 / R / 167 min.
October 26, 2017, 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Respected medical lecturer Dr. Frederick Frankenstein (Gene Wilder) learns that he has inherited his infamous grandfather's estate in Transylvania. Arriving at the castle, Dr. Frankenstein soon begins to recreate his grandfather's experiments with the help of servants Igor (Marty Feldman), Inga (Teri Garr) and the fearsome Frau Blücher (Cloris Leachman). After he creates his own monster (Peter Boyle), new complications ensue with the arrival of the doctor's fiancée, Elizabeth (Madeline Kahn). From Mel Brooks. PG / 106 min.
October 27, 2017, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
In this cult classic, sweethearts Brad (Barry Bostwick) and Janet (Susan Sarandon), stuck with a flat tire during a storm, discover the eerie mansion of Dr. Frank-N-Furter (Tim Curry). R / 101 min.
The Initiation Ceremony will begin at 7:00pm with the film to follow immediately after. We consider welcoming all newbies an important part of the ROCKY HORROR experience, so please treat 7:00 as the start time for the evening.
Theatre of Ted returns to provide a full shadow-cast experience. New this year is a focus on you, the audience- we want to hear all your call-outs and traditions for the show, so while there will still be plenty of cast members throughout the house to make sure newbies understand what's going on, you won't be competing with a chorus.
All tickets are $10, with a portion of proceeds going to the Theatre of Ted Scholarship at Illinois State University.
October 27, 2017, 10:00 PM
October 28, 2017, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
October 28, 2017, 10:00 PM
October 29, 2017, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
October 30, 2017, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Titled in tribute to the ‘Gidi’ essence of the city of Lagos and its inhabitants’ resilient spirit, Gidi Blues is the latest feature from celebrated Nigerian filmmaker Femi Odugbemi. Odugbemi uses the metropolis’ iconic locations, including Idumota market, Makoko, Victoria Island and Freedom Park, as a backdrop for his main character’s turbulent love story. It all starts with an accidental first encounter which makes it clear to Akin (Gideon Okeke) that his indulgent playboy approach will not be enough to win over a beautiful, committed and confident woman like Nkem (Hauwa Allahbura). NR / 103 min. Free to Attend.
Presented by the Illinois State University Department of Sociology & Anthropology. Filmmaker Femi Odugbemi will be in attendance and will take part in a post-show conversation about the film and his incredible Nollywood career.
(synopsis from whatsonafrica.org)
October 31, 2017, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
A Tuesday Night Classic. After recovering from injuries sustained in the mob attack upon himself and his creation, Dr. Frankenstein (Colin Clive) falls under the control of his former mentor, Dr. Pretorius (Ernest Thesiger), who insists the now-chastened doctor resume his experiments in creating new life. Meanwhile, the Monster (Boris Karloff) remains on the run from those who wish to destroy him without understanding that his intentions are generally good despite his lack of socialization and self-control. NR / 75 min.