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Thursday, January 1


The Main Cinema
115 Southeast Main Street
Minneapolis, MN
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Kendall Murphy
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How did a parody of 80s summer camp movies starring a collection of future A-List comedy icons not become an instant hit shattering box office records? Probably the September 12, 2001 release date. Still, despite being released at a time nobody wanted to laugh, it became the definition of a word-of-mouth cult hit that would go on to launch Oscar and Emmy winning careers as well as two spin-off prequel and sequel Netflix series a decade later. An end-of-summer staple in Minneapolis since 2004, we’re proud to re-ignite the tradition as part of Midnight Mayhem.


The setting is Camp Firewood, the year 1981. It’s the last day before everyone goes back to the real world, but there’s still a summer’s worth of unfinished business to resolve. At the center of the action is camp director Beth, who struggles to keep order while she falls in love with the local astrophysics professor. He is busy trying to save the camp from a deadly piece of NASA’s Skylab which is hurtling toward earth. All that, plus: a dangerous waterfall rescue, love triangles, misfits, cool kids, and talking vegetable cans. The questions will all be resolved, of course, at the big talent show at the end of the day.


Midnight Mayhem features films that play the best after dark. Presented in the fun community experience that they were always meant to be, hosted by Chaz Kangas with special surprises, giveaways, and more throughout the night.

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