‘Pretty in Pink’ at ECA: Prom night for all

By Makenna Dreher | May 10, 2019
Courtesy of: Paramount Pictures Andrew McCarthy, Molly Ringwald and Jon Cryer star in “Pretty in Pink.”

Just in time for prom season, the Edmonds Center for the Arts Film Cabaret Series offering for Saturday, May 11, is the 1986 movie “Pretty in Pink.”

“There will be a fun playlist of ’80s dance hits, a photo booth and dancing,” said Tina Baumgardner, ECA’s director of marketing and business development. Prom attire is encouraged for the pre-show ’80s prom at 6:30 p.m., followed by the film screening at 8.

“Pretty in Pink,” starring Molly Ringwald, is the final of the 2018-2019 series, following “A Mighty Wind,” “Crazy Heart,” and “The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou.”

The film screenings are paired with live performances from local artists – as well as food and drink – and guests are invited to sit on the ECA stage before settling in for a movie.

While ECA cabarets are typically held on the stage, this one is different – the cabaret will be held in ECA’s adjoining classic, old-school gymnasium.

After prom, guests can head over to the ECA theater, where “Pretty in Pink” will be shown on the big screen.

The Film Cabaret Series is fairly new. This is the third year of the film cabarets, with typically four film screenings per year.

“Several years ago, a generous donor donated an installed cinema system with a 30-foot screen that drops down on the stage and is DCI compliant,” Baumgardner said. “DCI compliant” basically means the movie experience is one you’d get at a high-quality movie theater.

“It’s state of the art and high-tech, which makes it really special and makes it an intimate space,” Baumgardner said. “Coupled with the cabaret experience, the film screenings are an intimate experience, where guests can buy beverages or a food plate.”

Gillian Jones, ECA’s director of programming, selects the films, Baumgardner said.

“Last year, we did a combination of cult and classic films, which are what people are most receptive to,” she said. “Classics tend to draw larger crowds.”

That is true. The cult classic “Pulp Fiction” drew a fraction of a crowd.

Proceeds from the screenings go to ECA, of course, a nonprofit.

“Sixty percent of the programming is not covered by the operating revenue,” she said. “We rely on sponsorships and donations to put on these events. We have over 150 volunteers who give their time – our bartenders, ticket takers, and people who sell concessions.

“‘Pretty in Pink’ is a classic, iconic movie and with prom season now, we are trying to encourage – all are welcome – prom attire is encouraged. With those people who are into it, we are hoping to get a good turnout.”

Tickets are $20 for cabaret happy and and movie, $10 for movie only.


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