“If you want to view paradise, simply look around and view it. Anything you want to, do it; Want to change the world… there’s nothing to it.”
As British author Roald Dahl‘s beloved CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY is a classic of children’s literature, so too is director Mel Stuart‘s scrumpdidlyumptious musical adaptation, WILLY WONKA AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY, a classic of cinema (not to mention a delicious treat for movie-lovers of all ages!).
In a career of standout performances, Gene Wilder gives what may be his absolute best as the eccentric, enigmatic (and occasionally acerbic) emperor of the world’s greatest candy empire who stages a fantastic, global search to locate his lucky successor. Enter young Charlie, a sweet boy from a poor family who dreams of finding one of Wonka’s five “golden tickets” hidden inside chocolate bar wrappers – thereby gaining him to the reclusive “sugarmeister,” and his magical factory. One after another, tickets are discovered by ghastly children – but will Charlie find the last remaining one, and have all his dreams come true…?
“Probably the best film of its sort since ‘The Wizard of Oz.’ It is everything that family movies usually claim to be, but aren’t: Delightful, funny, scary, exciting, and, most of all, a genuine work of imagination.” (Roger Ebert)
Saturday, April 20
Doors 2:45 pm | Movie 3:15 pm
Advance tickets $10.50 HERE | $12.50 at the door
*Minors welcome. Must be 19+ w/ID for bar service.
**Rio Theatre Groupons and passes OK! Please redeem at the door.
WILLY WONKA AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY (Mel Stuart, 1971 / 100 minutes / G) A sweet boy from a poor family dreams of finding one of five golden tickets hidden inside chocolate bar wrappers which will admit him to the eccentric and reclusive Willy Wonka’s magical factory. One after another, tickets are discovered by ghastly children – but will the lad find the last remaining one and have all his dreams come true?