Through the Looking Glass at OCP HQ

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Photos by Justin Terveen
To those who helped made last night's RoboCop-at-OCP HQ event happen -- Downtown Dallas, Inc.; Brent Brown and his staff at the CityDesign Studio; the Dallas Film Society; and, of course, the promotions staff at the Observer -- a mighty "much obliged" this morning. Couldn't have done it without you. But the biggest thank-you is reserved for those who attended -- not just Mayor Mike Rawlings, who stopped by pre-screening to meet-n-greet The People; or council members Angela Hunt and Linda Koop, who succeeded in finally getting the lights cut off at Dallas City Hall, but the few hundred who came early, stayed late and brought life to would have been an otherwise moribund space on a sweltering Friday night.

To see Paul Verhoeven's 25-year-old film flickering in the exact spot where it was shot, its shotguns-and-swearwords soundtrack augmented by the occasional sirens-blaring police car or fire engine racing through downtown, was a profoundly cool experience. But at some point last night, the audience became The Experience -- all the gleeful whoops and hollers and turn-around skyline glances directed at the landmarks that flashed across the screen.

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They came by car and on bikes and light rail from all over the city; I saw friends from North Dallas and familiar faces from Oak Cliff and East Dallas and met strangers from as far away as some place called Richardson. There were the OCP-logo-tattooed hardcores, as you'll see in our slide show, and casual fans of the film and those who'd never seen RoboCop. The off-duty officers said afterward they'd never seen a crowd so all at once into-it and pleasant ... and tidy too.

(Despite there having been three busy-all-night food trucks -- Nammi, Gandolfo's New York Deli and Enticed -- there was not a single piece of trash left over once the end credits began rolling. Impressive and, dare I say it, touching.)

So, again, thank you, thank you, thank you for coming out. And if you missed it, we'll do this again sooner than later. I'm heading down to Hillsboro one week from tonight for that Bottle Rocket screening. But next up, 1962's State Fair at Fair Park. Because it'll be neat to see this in the Bandshell. And thanks to Justin for stopping by and getting these photos. Nice shooting, son.
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BadGuyZero
BadGuyZero

"Talk Radio" at Moody Coliseum. Or the KDFW parking lot (since their tower was used in the film).

Michaeldcain
Michaeldcain

Great job everyone! A new tradition is born...

Guest
Guest

Uh, did Angela, or any of the OCP ride their bikes down? Just askin'. I guess they're waiting for their bike lanes.

Robert Wilonsky
Robert Wilonsky

Angela's husband, Paul, rode his bike to the screening. She drove, because she was traveling with their 1-year-old daughter.

Ed D.
Ed D.

How about Mars Needs Women at the Statler Hilton?  Or Gas-s-s-s on the SMU campus?  (Make it a double feature since part of MNW was shot there, too.)  Maybe True Stories or Dr. T and the Women at NorthPark?

Le Guin fan
Le Guin fan

How about a return to City Hall for The Lathe of Heaven?

3rd Wheel Marketing
3rd Wheel Marketing

That was fun! I was going to say hey to you Robert, but you had Mike over in a corner and I figured you had some bidness to discuss. 

Perhaps you could do a double feature with The Big Show shot in 1936 with State Fair. Just a thought.

T-Bone
T-Bone

and if, after the Hillsboro thing next weekend, you did decide to eventually play Bottle Rocket in Dallas, wouldn't the Icehouse be a great, yet creepy spot to show it?

T-Bone
T-Bone

I was just about to ask about Logans Run at the Water Gardens, see someone brought it up already

Bill Lumbergh
Bill Lumbergh

Hello Peter, whats happening? Ummm, I'm gonna need you to go ahead come in to watch Office Space outdoors tomorrow. So if you could be here around 9 that would be great, mmmk... oh oh! and I almost forgot ahh, I'm also gonna need you to go ahead and come in on Sunday too, kay. We ahh lost some people this week and ah, we sorta need to play catch up. 

LaceyB
LaceyB

He does a great death...death...dying scene in ep. 1 of this season's "True Blood". Which, occurred last Sunday. What a fairy.

Maricruiser Dias
Maricruiser Dias

When will the State Fair screening be? It was amazing to be a part of that last night though. Thank you Observer for spreading the word!

Robert Wilonsky
Robert Wilonsky

Not sure yet, as I'd like to do it when it gets a little cooler at night ... which means trying to coordinate before the State Fair of Texas takes over the fairgrounds in late August. Details forthcoming.

Byrd
Byrd

Logan's Run @ Water Garden would be sweet!

Evan
Evan

Sounds awesome. UTD should organize a Primer showing.

Howard
Howard

Too bad the Fashion Mart was torn down years ago; otherwise, it would have been great to watch Logan's Run in there. Alas, now that can only be a screening held at the FW Water Gardens.

Justin Bigby
Justin Bigby

My friends and i had an amazing time, thank you Robert and company for screening RoboCop at the OCP Tower. 

Now lets go to Owen Wilson's house and watch Bottle Rocket like you said we could!!

Howard
Howard

A couple of significant scenes were shot throughout Ellum, and the bookstore robbery scene in the (now closed) Borders in Plano along Preston.

Daniel Hopkins
Daniel Hopkins

I believe Miller Drug in Grand Prairie, where the pinball scene was shot, is no longer with us, either. Had a hamburger there once. Not bad.

Robert Wilonsky
Robert Wilonsky

Our pleasure. And I guess we'll just have to go to Hillsboro ... unless the Wilsons are game?

LaceyB
LaceyB

Where the fuck is Hillsboro??

LaceyB
LaceyB

Sounds like a fun time. I'm looking forward to the next one. It's on that required list "1001 Movies to See Before You Die". Now I must go. So as not to die.

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