Before modern cinema, the term motion picture referred to tossing children’s artwork out the window. Hold on to your finger paintings with today’s Groupon: for $14, you get a movie outing for two to see Blazing Saddles on Wednesday, January 25, at 7:30 p.m. at Weinberg Center for the Arts in Frederick (up to a $28 total value). The showing is part of the Flying Dog Brewery Movie Series. Seating is general admission and best available at time of purchase. Each outing includes the following:
- Two general-admission tickets (up to a $22 value, including all ticketing fees)
- Two popcorn-and-soda or candy-and-soda combos (a $3 value each)
- Admission to preshow happy hour, sponsored by Flying Dog Brewery at 6:30 p.m.<p>
The Flying Dog Brewery Movie Series combines classic cult flicks with a laid-back happy hour of craft libations in the beautiful Weinberg Center for the Arts. Featuring such legends as Gene Wilder, Cleavon Little, and Madeline Kahn, Mel Brooks’s 1974 film, Blazing Saddles, expertly caresses funny bones with razor-sharp satire of classic Western films. After the local sheriff kicks the bucket, a greedy railroad tycoon attempts to sow discontent in the town by getting an African-American man appointed to the job in hopes of provoking the town’s downfall. Social commentary blends with flatulence jokes and assorted hijinks to elevate the award-winning screenplay to its classic status. Popcorn or candy and soda keep tongues happy with sweet and savory tastes while eyes feast on big-screen magic and the fetching craniums of fellow guests.
An hour before the projector starts rolling, the happy hour features tasting specials and Flying Dog beers ($4 each, not included with this Groupon). While wetting whistles, patrons can mingle with fellow movie aficionados, engage in sparkling repartee, and organize heated games of Duck, Duck, Goose. Built in 1926, the Weinberg’s luxurious interior provides an ideal atmosphere for both preshow drinks and appreciative movie viewing, with elegantly tiled floors, sparkling chandeliers, and plush, red seats.
Weinberg Center for the Arts
When Dan and Alyce Weinberg purchased the Tivoli in the late 1950s, they imagined its ornate chandeliers and sweeping ceilings watching over concerts and performances that would keep the auditorium as full as it was in the theater's 1920s heyday. After a devastating flood in 1976 almost decimated the space, the Weinbergs and other community members restored the historic theater, which now flourishes as a home for live entertainment, films, and the performing arts.