Returning to the screen for one night only is the cult classic “Labyrinth,” complete with full audience participation, at 7 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 15, at Milton Theatre.
Jim Henson, the godfather of puppetry, collaborated with George Lucas to craft this dark, wonderfully weird mash-up in 1986. He cast David Bowie as the lead and drizzled in some “Wizard of Oz,” glam rock and a little Maurice Sendak. The film became a beloved family classic that parents enjoy as much as their children.
Jennifer Connelly, age 14, stars as Sarah, a petulant teen who escapes the realities of life through her own imaginary world. One evening, her constantly crying infant brother is abducted by the Goblin King, played by Bowie, forcing Sarah to venture into his mystical land on a rescue mission.
Along the way, she meets the helpful Hoggle, the oversized Ludo, and the cunning Sir Didymus, who band together to help Sarah in her quest. Filled with music, memorable characters and, of course, the Bog of Eternal Stench, “Labyrinth” was the last film Henson directed. Sadly, the famed puppeteer died before the cultural rebirth of the film years later. Since 1997, Los Angeles has hosted a two-day event called The Labyrinth of Jareth Masquerade Ball.
The Revival House will host its own masquerade ball as part of the Aug. 15 screening, providing early attendees with bubbles, masks and whoopee cushions (for the Bog of Stench, of course). Audience members will be cued as to when to use their props for the screening, and all attendees are encouraged to participate, sing along, and generally celebrate the wonder found within “The Labyrinth.”
Doors open at 6 p.m. The Milton Theater will serve more than 15 beer varieties, seven wines, various soft drinks and food. Tickets are $10, or $5 for students and seniors.