Log In   ·   Become A Member

Hamptons-Based Arts Center Celebrating The Life Of Gene Wilder With "Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory" Screening

Nicole Barylski

Gene Wilder was an eccentric, delightful treat to watch on the big screen - from classics like Blazing Saddles to Young Frankenstein, his films nearly always left the viewer with a smile on their face. On Friday, September 30th, Southampton Arts Center will commemorate the late actor by presenting a special viewing of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.

For those unfamiliar with the film (you must be living under a rock) - which was based on Roald Dahl's 1964 novel Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, the movie centers around the worldwide search for five elusive Golden Tickets and the children that discover them. Once all the tickets are found, the winners and their chaperones are invited to enter the unparalleled world of reclusive candy king Willy Wonka (Wilder) to explore the scrumdidilyumptious land. While being welcomed to a "candy land" might seem sufficient enough, one of the guests will also win a lifetime supply of chocolate. Charlie - who comes from a family that is so poor they can barely afford to put a meal on the table each day - is among the fortunate Golden Ticket finders. While on the tour, the guests experience an unbelievable wonderland that consists of a river of chocolate, edible mushrooms, flavored wallpaper, and more splendid sweets and creations. Slowly, an abominable act bars the detestable youth - opening the path for Charlie to provide his family with endless sweets. But, does the golden hearted boy have what it takes to win the one-of-a-kind prize and is Wonka as honorable as he claims?

"Willy Wonka is such an iconic film, and we can't think of a better selection to pay tribute to the talented Gene Wilder," noted Director of Programs Amy Kirwin. "It's a whimsically wonderful classic that the whole family can enjoy together, and the gift that Wilder gave to so many of us will live on."

The screening begins at 7 p.m. and admission is $8 - which includes complimentary sweets and popcorn.

Southampton Arts Center is located at 25 Jobs Lane in Southampton. For more information, call 631-283-0967 or visit southamptonartscenter.org.

Nicole is the Editor-in-Chief of Hamptons.com where she focuses on lifestyle, nightlife, and mixology. She grew up in the Hamptons and currently resides in Water Mill. www.hamptons.com NicoleBarylski NicoleBarylski

Related Articles:

Be the first to comment on this article. (Just fill out the form below)

Submit Your Comment

Please note, you are not currently logged in. Your comment will be submitted as a guest.
To submit your comment as a member, please click here.
Your Name:
* Comments will be reviewed and posted in a timely fashion
* All fields are required
Please type the word 'water'
(For spam prevention, thanks)
East End Tick Control
The East End's only New York State licensed dedicated tick and mosquito control specialists!

Hamptons Carpet One Floor & Home
We pay less,and so do you.With over 1,000 stores in our buying group, we can get the lowest prices from the best flooring manufacturers — and pass the savings on to you.Visit our other locations: Hamptons Carpet One Floor & Home, 675 North Sea Road,Southampton, NY 11968

Hampton Coffee Company is dedicated to making sure you have the best possible experience with our brand, whether you visit one of our cafés, our Mobile Unit, one of our wholesale partners, order through our website, or purchase our coffee on the supermark
We strongly believe that one of the most important parts of being a successful business in the community is truly becoming a part of it. Hampton Coffee Company is proud to support more than 100 different local charities, schools, and organizations each and every year. It is our pleasure to participate in events that are important to our staff and our customers.