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Before returning to ‘Twin Peaks,' get to ‘Fire Walk With Me’ at North Park

One of the most eagerly anticipated pop-culture events of 2017 is the return of David Lynch’s “Twin Peaks” to Showtime on May 21. Whether you are a longtime fan or in the midst of a binge-watch of the original series, it’s crucial to see “Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me” in a special screening at the North Park Theatre.

“Fire Walk With Me” was considered a disaster upon its release in 1992. It was booed at Cannes and either ignored or derided by most major critics. However, the story of the last days in the life of Laura Palmer is now rightfully thought of as a Lynch masterpiece. The “Twin Peaks” prequel is darker, more disturbing and more violent than the TV series, and its power to shock and compel grows with each year.

The film has not graced local screens since its original release, and with the series set to finally continue, it’s a fine time to revisit. It must be noted, however, that the film is truly for “Peaks” completists. If you’ve not seen the series, or only recall bits and pieces, you’re likely to be lost. So … get watching, and then get to the North Park on May 1.

The theater often features unique refreshment tie-ins, and May 1 is no exception. Public Espresso + Coffee will serve some “damn fine” coffee, while Butter Block Cherry Pie Pop Tarts will be available.

“Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me” will screen at 7 p.m. May 1 at the North Park Theatre (1428 Hertel Ave.). Tickets are $10.50 ($7.50 for seniors) at or at the door.

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