‘Thinner’ turns 20, on Colonial screen

Oct 11, 2016
Michael Constantine’s somewhat infamously portrayed ancient Gypsy in “Thinner” gives the locally filmed movie its name as he curses a lawyer (Robert John Burke) on Camden’s Village Green.

Belfast — The public is invited to a 20th anniversary screening of “Thinner” (1996, USA), to benefit Our Town Belfast, Tuesday, Oct. 25, at 7 p.m. at the Colonial Theatre, 163 High St. Doors open 6:30 p.m.; admission is $10.

The campy thriller, based on a Stephen King short story — a featuring the author as “Dr. Bangor” in one scene — premiered 20 years ago on the same date. As many of the scenes were filmed in Belfast, Our Town Belfast will be pulling props and scene extras out of the woodwork for this fun showing.

Organizers for the event have been collecting props, memorabilia, and extras to celebrate the milestone anniversary. Anyone who was part of the filming of the movie, has stories, mementos or other items of interest is encouraged to be in touch before the event.

In addition to showcasing elements of movie-making magic, Our Town Belfast will have carnival-style fundraising games before the screening and a strawberry pie after-party in the downstairs lobby. And there will be a prize awarded for the best Stephen King character (from any book or film, not just “Thinner”) costume.

The evening is sure to be a fun and appropriately spooky opportunity to see Midcoast Maine on the big screen. For more information, event details and to RSVP, find the Our Town Belfast event Facebook page. For questions or interest in involvement or contributing, send email to info@ourtownbelfast.org.

Proceeds from the event will support Our Town Belfast, a community-driven nonprofit working to promote downtown vibrancy.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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