A dollar will make you holler: Scary movies for $1 at the Wendy Williamson in October
Having fun on a budget can be difficult, especially for a college student. After paying for school supplies, books and parking permits, paying one dollar for anything sounds unreal. With Halloween around the corner, this is the perfect time for the Wendy Williamson Auditorium to host one-dollar movie nights every Tuesday starting this October through November.
Here is the lineup for the upcoming Tuesday Halloween classics:
Oct. 4 at 8 p.m. – Ghostbusters
Oct. 11 at 8 p.m. – Scream
Oct. 18 at 8 p.m. – Beetlejuice
The Wendy Williamson Auditorium is responsible for creating these events with partnership with Dining and Conference services. Megan Bladow is the events manager for conference services and also schedules events for the Wendy Williamson.
“We came up with the idea to do one dollar movies and show classic movies because they’ve become very popular and people like seeing them on the big screen,” Bladow said.
Many students are excited to have a place close to where they’re studying to take a break and watch a classic film. Darin Muse, business major heard about the weekly movies through Facebook.
“It’s really awesome that they are showing classic films many of us grew up with,” Muse said.
This is also a great way to get the family out with out having to pay outrageous movie prices. Alison Willis is excited to bring her family out for these movies.
“I’m always looking for inexpensive family fun. This allows me to give my kids the big theater experience for a small price. Plus it’s a chance to see classics again on the big screen. The Wendy Williamson is a great venue, I was happy to see they are trying this out,” Willis said.
Dining services will be working with the Wendy Williamson to provide a concessions stand that will be located in the lobby and serve movie theater snacks such as popcorn and soda. They have also contracted with Boom Ba Laddy’s food truck that will allow for a hot dinner style option for guests.
“We normally don’t allow food into the Wendy Williamson, but we decided to go ahead and experiment with that as well,” Bladow said. “People are able to order from Boom Ba Laddy’s or form the concessions stand and bring their food into the theater and enjoy the one dollar movie.”
Guests can help decide what movies will be chosen next by filling out a comment card. Comment cards will be handed out at the first movie and if they are turned back in, they will get a “buy one get one free” coupon for the next movie, “Scream.”
Depending on how well this two month pilot goes, the Wendy Williamson is hoping to continue one-dollar movie nights for the rest of the year. The Wendy currently does not have a liquor license, but have been looking into it as an option.
“It would be a very cool thing to be able to offer our clients and serve beer and wine at these events,” Bladow said.
One dollar, cash only is what it cost to attend these movie showings. Take a break from the books and enjoy a cheap movie with friends. First showing will be Oct. 4 at 8 p.m. If you miss the first one, don’t fear, there will be another Halloween classic the following Tuesday.