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North Park Theatre honors David Bowie

In remembrance of rock legend David Bowie, the North Park Theatre (1428 Hertel Ave.) will be screening the 1986 film “Labyrinth” at 10 p.m. Jan. 21. The film features Bowie in what may be considered his most definitive role as Jareth the Goblin King. Bowie first burst onto the music scene in 1969 and had appeared in small roles in films since 1967 before earning his first leading role in the 1976 film “The Man Who Fell to Earth.” He later starred in such films as “The Last Temptation of Christ” and “The Prestige,” but it is his turn in Jim Henson’s “Labryrinth” that fans may remember most fondly.

“Labryrinth” is the tale of Sarah Williams (Jennifer Connelly), a 15-year-old girl with a fantastical imagination. After wishing her brother kidnapped by the Goblin king, she must navigate through a maze-like terrain to the castle to rescue her brother and return home safely.

“We were thinking about doing a ‘Labyrinth’ showing for a while,” said Ray Barker, program director for the North Park Theatre, “Unfortunately this was the right time.”

This screening will be unique because it will be shown in Digital Cinema Package instead of the usual 35-mm film stock normally used for classic movie showings. This will provide viewers with clearer picture and audio, something director Jim Henson probably would have preferred.

Tickets are $9.50 at the door, but if you show up in David Bowie attire (Ziggy Stardust, etc.), the ticket price will be reduced to $7. The North Park Theatre hopes people will take advantage of this offer and create a “party atmosphere.”

- Reuben Wolf

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