IRVINGTON, NY — Grab your most gruesome or glorious costume, and join Irvington Theater for a truly magical kick-off to spooky season on October 15! Hocus Pocus, the classic Halloween hit you know and love, will be screened under the stars on the Main Street School Lawn as part of IT’s Sunset Cinema series, which launched this past summer.
This isn’t just any outdoor film event. Before the screening, enjoy seasonal treats (no tricks), show off your ghostly garb on the red carpet, and pose for a few fang-tastic photos along the way. At sunset, Irvington Theater will screen Hocus Pocus, the 1993 comedy starring Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy as the iconic Sanderson Sisters.
For the uninitiated, here’s the story of Hocus Pocus: “Three gnarly, 17th-century Salem Witches [Midler, Parker, and Najimy] are unwittingly conjured up for a Halloween night in present-day Salem. While they tend to spruce up the party festivities with their outlandish costumery and Three Stooges-like antics, they’re not good witches. Their lifeblood is young children, and they’ve got one night to sate their hunger pangs or, come morn, turn to dust” (The Hollywood Reporter).
“This is a perfect way for the whole family to get into the Halloween spirit,” says Theater Manager Greg Allen. “We know this is a film people can watch on TV, but we wanted to create a pandemic-friendly party atmosphere for the community to gather together and celebrate this fun time of year. Don’t forget your costumes!”
Join Irvington Theater for a Sunset Cinema screening of Hocus Pocus on Friday, October 15 at the Main Street School Lawn, located at 101 Main St, Irvington, NY 10533. Festivities begin at 5:30pm. All tickets are $5 and can be purchased in advance at irvingtontheater.com/hocuspocus or in person at the event (cash only). Bring a blanket or chairs for the whole family, and feel free to pack a picnic for the screening (no alcohol on school grounds). Please note that this is a carry-in, carry-out event, and no public restrooms will be available.
Irvington Theater is home to a diverse range of innovative programming that entertains, enlightens, and inspires, establishing itself over its 119-year history as the cultural heart of the Rivertowns. Their theater, located inside of Irvington’s Town Hall, remains closed through early 2022 as a much-anticipated HVAC system is installed. Until then, IT will continue to offer a combination of in-person, offsite events and virtual programming as part of #IrvingtonAnywhere.