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‘Big Lebowski Event’ returns to Riviera Theatre

It is year eight for the Historic Riviera Theatre’s “Big Lebowski Event,” a Dude-approved extravaganza on Jan. 16 centered around Joel and Ethan Coen’s iconic 1997 classic, “The Big Lebowski.”

Riviera Director of Development Gary J. Rouleau said the initial idea came from a Riviera patron. By that time, the Coens’ story of a slacker (unforgettably played by Jeff Bridges), mistaken identity, bowling and a gang of nihilists already was a cultural phenomenon.

“We have a loyal following that come every year and new fans as well; many come dressed as characters from the movie,” Rouleau said. “The history and character of the theater are all part of the atmosphere.”

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 16 with the movie at 8 p.m. Josh Potter from 103.3 The EDGE will perform live comedy at 7 p.m., and two hours of bowling after the screening will be held at Classic Lanes (1840 Military Road, Kenmore). And in one of the little touches that makes the event so special, before the film attendees can partake in beer, wine, and — yes — White Russians.

Tickets are $14 for the live comedy and the movie only, or $22 with the addition of two hours of bowling post-film. Get them by calling 692-2413, online at, or in person at the Riviera (67 Webster St., North Tonawanda) and at World Hollywood Entertainment (McKinley Mall, Blasdell).

– Christopher Schobert

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