Audience members are encouraged to grab their acid-washed jeans, scrunchies, jelly bracelets, parachute pants and shoulder pads to dress the part when they attend Tibbits’ next community-planned programming, a screening of 80s comedy “Better Off Dead” March 24 at 2pm.
John Cusack stars as Lane, a high school student whose girlfriend Beth dumps him for Roy, the new captain of the ski team. Crushed by his loss, Lane makes various half-hearted suicide attempts which all end in embarrassing failure. On top of all this, his father is harassing him and he is being stalked by a lunatic paperboy. Obsessed with winning Beth back, Lane challenges Roy to a deadly ski race down the most dangerous slope in California. Meanwhile, across the street, the beautiful French foreign exchange student Monique tries to avoid her house mother’s attempts to pair her off with her awkward son. Lane and Monique soon form a bound when Monique sees the value in Lane he is unable to see in himself. The film is rated PG-13.
Sponsored by the Fraley family, this screening is the second installment of a series of community planned and sponsored events. Rather than see the theatre continue to stay dark, Tibbits has opened the programming to the community for the next three months. For those who have always wanted to see a certain movie on the big screen, or have their band play on the historic stage, this is the opportunity for community members to plan and sponsor their own public performance at a fraction of the normal rental price. All events will be open to the public with donations to Tibbits accepted at the door. Tibbits will handle the basic marketing for the performance and their staff will run the show.
The theatre opens and general admission seating begins at 1:30 pm with donations at the door. Due to current restrictions, seating for all events is limited and masks are required upon entering and when moving about the theatre. Concessions and bar will be available based on current restrictions.
For more information or to purchase tickets for upcoming events, visit Tibbits.org, stop in at Tibbits business offices at 93 W. Chicago St., Coldwater, or call 517.278.6029. The historic Tibbits Opera House is located at 14 S. Hanchett St. in Coldwater, MI.