Two Classic Gene Wilder Films Return to Cinemas | Playbill

News Two Classic Gene Wilder Films Return to Cinemas The comedic actor passed away August 29 at the age of 83.
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To honor the passing of late stage and screen star Gene Wilder, who died August 29 at age 83, AMC theatres and Warner Bros. are bringing back two of his films to cinemas this weekend, according to Variety.

Blazing Saddles and Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory will be screened at 55 AMC locations throughout the country September 3-4. Tickets are priced at $5. Approximately 145 non-AMC cinemas will also screen Willy Wonka this weekend.

Willy Wonka was released in 1971, while Blazing Saddles hit movie theatres in 1974. Both films are currently part of the Warner Bros. Classics library. The Wonka film is based on the same source material as the forthcoming Broadway musical Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, which uses one song from the film, “Pure Imagination.”

Read's obituary for Mr. Wilder here.

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