On July 1, See RoboCop In Front of Omni Consumer Products HQ, Dallas City Hall

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Finally, a dream comes true.

For far too long now we've talked about screening RoboCop somewhere in downtown, preferably outside, definitely near one of the myriad landmarks featured in the film set in "Detroit" but shot entirely in Dallas in the summer and early fall of 1986. (Ah, yes, I remember when they closed down Deep Ellum like it was 25 years ago.)

But then we discovered others shared our vision, among them Brent Brown of CityDesign Studio at City Hall and Kourtny Garrett at Downtown Dallas, Inc. and the Arts District's Veletta Forsythe Lill and James Faust at the Dallas Film Society. We began meeting a few weeks ago about how to make this happen. It fell into place awfully fast: On July 1, in front of Dallas City Hall -- Omni Consumer Products HQ, but of course -- we're screening RoboCop. See it where they shot it. Literally: The screen will be set up right ... about ... here.

All the details are provided on the Facebook page and here as well: The food trucks roll up at 7:30, the movie fires up at 8:30ish, and remember to bring your own blankets and chairs. We'll have a few more details next week. But it's all rather ... simple, really. Dinner and a movie. The Living Plaza Goes Drive-In. I'd buy that for a dollar. Oh, right: Except for the food, it's free.

The trailer follows, as does Bobbie Wygant's on-location interview with Peter Weller. And do take the virtual tour here. Like Barry Kooda says: "Good times."



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Mark Allen
Mark Allen

The Water Gardens in Ft. Worth would be the best choice for a LOGAN'S RUN screener, because it's still there. Plus how fun would it be to wander around it after watching the very end of the film happen there?

The Grand Hall of the Dallas Apparel Mart (used for the massive entrance to Carousel, and the Apparel Mart's West Atrium (used for most of the mall-like scenes) would have been ideal, but its 70's-modern interior was sadly demolished just three years ago! :( The Hall of Nations Plaza in the World Trade Center downtown (more mall-like scenes) and the interior of the Park Stemmons office building (outside of Logan's apartment) are other options, but not as dramatic!

Dap the Nub
Dap the Nub

Other ideas for future screenings:

Though not in Dallas, of course, there is always LOGAN'S RUN at the water gardens.  Also, JFK at Dealey Plaza.  Office Space in the office park.  Debbie Does Dallas in a sporting goods store...wait, what did I just say?!?

Mark Allen
Mark Allen

Totally amazing! Wish I could be there...

Vladimir Chertok
Vladimir Chertok

i had to kill bob mortan because he made a mistake now its time to erase that mistake.

Dick Jones
Dick Jones

Is it gonna be the TV edit, or are we in for full on gratuitous violence?

demon_lion
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Evan
Evan

a little strange to show a hyper-violent movie as a summer downtown screening, but I'm all for it. I'll be there.

Ed D.
Ed D.

Dead or alive, you're coming to see this movie with me.

El Rey
El Rey

Too cool! Will they allow adult beverages?

PaulInDallas
PaulInDallas

I'm there!  Unless a laser cannon on the Orbiting Peace Platform misfires or something. 

P1Steven
P1Steven

When the 10th most powerful person in Dallas wants something done, it gets done! Next on our City of Dallas movie watch list.... Serving Sara!

LaceyB
LaceyB

sounds like summer fun! and where Bobbie Wygant is, you know there's gotta have been some journalistic fun! 

3rd Wheel Marketing
3rd Wheel Marketing

This going to be bad ass. But in that Bobby Wygant interview Weller is slinging some doody around.

Robert Wilonsky
Robert Wilonsky

Well, I HAD considered going with the unrated version ...

But the theatrical is presently on the agenda. Grown-ups only at the drive-in. But are there packs of 7-year-olds wandering downtown on furlough Fridays?

Robert Wilonsky
Robert Wilonsky

As a great man once said, "I've got a flask in my car ..."

Nothing will be sold. But I didn't see anything, officer.

Robert Wilonsky
Robert Wilonsky

 The Bottle Rocket event in Hillsboro on July 9 may push that back. We had intended to do that one, actually, till the Alamo stepped in, and who were we to say no. But we do have more in the works. Anyone up for seeing State Fair in the Fair Park Bandshell?

jamal
jamal

Bottle Rocket.

Kevin Kirby
Kevin Kirby

Please run the unrated edit. It will be so shocking for the uninitiated.

Mdmost
Mdmost

So is this going to be a DVD/Blu-ray-screening or are you Alamo Drafthouse Rolling Roadshow-ing this with a 35mm film print? Please say the latter. Great idea, #10! And yes to State Fair at the Bandshell. When is the Dr. T and the Women screening at NorthPark?

LaceyB
LaceyB

Does the shell have sprinklers? Or...do the fire hydrants blast out like in "Do the Right Thing"? Yah know, these summer movies are taking place during some still hot times.

Robert Wilonsky
Robert Wilonsky

Sadly, we don't yet have the apparatus in place for a 35mm projection a la the Alamo. One day, perhaps, as I'd like to do State Fair in 35mm. This'll be Blu-Ray on a giant screen. And, funny, my wife suggested the same thing about Dr. T, only she wondered if I would get in the fountain as a tribute to Farrah.

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