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Quite possibly one of the most famous horror franchises of all time, Friday the 13th, is celebrating an impressive milestone this year. It was 30 years ago that Pamela Voorhees and her machete swinging son, Jason, made their theatrical debut, which produced a string of sequels that still terrorize delighted fans to this very day.
In honor of this landmark occasion, the historic Strand Theatre in the heart of Shelbyville, will be celebrating little Jason's birthday by showing the original 1980 Friday the 13th tomorrow night at 8 pm. For those familiar with a calendar, that particular date just happens to be Friday, August 13th! Those horror fans on a budget will be happy know that ticket and concession prices are incredibly low. For $5 for an adult and a senior discount of $4, you can experience a relic of horror movie history on the big screen for the price of submarine sandwich, less chips and a drink.
Steve Talbert, a volunteer and organizer for the venue, told me that, "since the film came out in 1980, most people under the age of 47 have never experienced this horror gem on the big screen". He also expressed to me that the Strand Theatre has the reputation of playing other classic films, including the showing of the original "The Crazies".
The Strand Theatre is completely a non-profit organization and is fully staffed with film-crazed fans, who volunteer their time for the sake of a good flick. After 94 years, the Strand is still around and ready to open it's doors to patrons for classic films, concerts, plays and even magic acts. In a world full of money hungry companies like AMC, it is a relief to find a place that still has the passion and devotion to the film industry, and words like "non-profit" and "volunteer" only prove that greed is not their motive. It is for these reasons that I can give my official recommendation to the Strand Theatre and their showing of Friday the 13th.
215 Harrison Street
Shelbyville, IN 46176
Showtime: 8 pm