With the recent passing of actor Gene Wilder, the Farmington Civic Theater will offer free admission to a showing of “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” at 10 a.m. on September 10.
Based on the Roald Dahl children’s book, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, the movie opens as Willy Wonka announces that five lucky people will be given a tour of the candy factory with one winning a lifetime supply of Wonka chocolate. Lucky Charlie and four other children, get the chance of a lifetime and a tour of the factory.
The film has provided many memories through the years.
“As one of the theater’s Facebook followers noted, it’s not just for kids,” theater general manager Scott Freeman said in a press release. “I never get tired of seeing it.”
“Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory” first played in theaters in 1971 and, surprisingly, wasn’t a big hit. Similar to “It’s a Wonderful Life,” the movie didn’t gain traction until much later, but has gone on to become one of the most popular films in American cinema.
Early arrival is encouraged. Learn more at thefct.com. The Farmington Civic Theater is located at 33332 Grand River Avenue in downtown Farmington, just east of Farmington Road.