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12th Annual Blobfest Will Take Over Phoenixville This Weekend


Horror movies are usually reserved for the Halloween season, so combining fun and horror makes for a great summer festival. Enter BlobFest blobfest2011!

Situated in downtown Phoenixville, PA, BlobFest is a celebration of the 1958 film The Blob which starred Steve McQueen and combines 1950s kitschy horror movies and fun!  
The iconic scene of patrons running out of the Colonial movie theatre had launched the idea of showing the films, recreating the run-out, and now has grown into a much-beloved town celebration.
The line-up for the weekend is spectacular complete with a reenactment of the running out scene when the Blob takes over the Colonial Theatre (where it was originally filmed, with Phoenixville residents as movie extras!), Blob Ball 4, and other after parties on Friday night, a street fair all day Saturday with musical entertainment and double-feature showings of The Blob and other horrifically campy films, as well as The Blob movie on Sunday.

blobfest musicFriday night’s Run Out has evolved into a full stage production with the crowning finale of the audience running and screaming for their lives out of the theater into the street of Phoenixville. A full stage show is done before the chaos, with Dr. Frank N Stone & Ghoul-A-Go-Go, Shorty movie winners announced, author and Blob owner Wes Shank, and oh dare I say- the actual BLOB prop will be in attendance! AHH!

Saturday on Bridge Street hosts the Street Fair beginning at 11am, with music from The Buzzards and others, Olde City Sideshow, a hot rod car show by the Violators Motor Club, the original fire truck from the movie, a parade (noon!) and a costume contest. Local vendors will be in attendance as well. Food, fun, vendors, music and classic cars until 5:00pm. Then cool off inside the Colonial Theatre with several double features, including The Blob film.  Click here for movie times/ticket prices..

“Wes Shank also brings set miniatures that were used with the silicone for the special effects. Mr. Lobo, host of the syndicated TV show Cinema Insomnia, and Ghoul A Go-Go characters Creighton, Vlad and the Invisible Man, plus Patient Creatures round out the guests,” notes Joan Kelly, part of the BlobFest committee, which also includes Mary Foote, Andee Miskiewitz, Shane Stone, Cynyth Petersheim, and Celena Storm Keller.

"It's a wonderful, family-friendly event," continues Kelly. "The movie is from a much more innocent time.  It's an old-fashioned event that can be enjoyed by all ages! Plus, watching the movie is lots of fun!"

This year tickets to the Run Out are like gold dust- didn’t get one? You still can stand on the street and watch the chaos! “We have about 400 patrons inside the theatre for the stage show and run out.  Hundreds more will gather outside. We sell a lot of tickets to The Blob double features on Saturday, and have a final showing on Sunday. This year we'll have a pristine print of the film, and we're all really excited about this!”

Stu Frederick, of The Rivers Rockabilly Trio, and Jane Tucker, formerly of Steel City Coffeehouse, noticed that after BlobFest's Run Out, the fun was just starting but there was no specific place to go to continue the celebration. Frederick says The Blob Ball was established in 2008 as an "after party" for BlobFest's opening night at the Colonial Theatre in Phoenixville, PA. So they planned the Blob Ball, and now- The Blob Ball is a 1950's party featuring the music of The River's Rockabilly Trio, a band dedicated to the music of the "Blob Years.”

blob ball 4 blobfest

This year, Blob Ball 4 is a benefit event, with 15% of ticket revenues donated to the Colonial Theatre. Blob Ball 4 is produced by The Rivers Rockabilly Trio, along with a crew of enthusiastic volunteers and friends, at P.J. Ryan's Pub (right next door to the Colonial Theatre) in the "Underground" party room, immediately following the Blob Fest Run Out.

So come on out to Phoenixville this weekend for a wonderful time, filled with music and movies from another era, and just be careful…that red BLOB could be anywhere!!!

Blob Ball pictures courtesy of Stu Frederick

Colonial Picture courtesy of www.thecolonialtheatre.com

Special Thanks to Joan Kelly and Stu Frederick!

Christine Tarlecki can be reached at engchik@gmail.com, and is on Twitter under engchik, and at engchik.blogspot.com.

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