Beloved Halloween Classic ‘Hocus Pocus’ on Towngate Big Screen 

The Sanderson sisters are being resurrected again. Halloween favorite “Hocus Pocus” is showing on the Towngate Theatre big screen on Friday, Oct. 4.

The film is part of Towngate’s popular Dinner and a Movie film series.

“Hocus Pocus” tells the story of three witches (played by Sarah Jessica Parker, Bette Midler and Kathy Najimy), who are brought back from the dead in Salem, Massachusetts, as they try to steal the souls of children so they can live forever.

The family film debuted in 1993, but was not an immediate hit. Fortunately, in the more than 25 years since, audiences have come to appreciate this Halloween gem. It has become a cult classic that airs during the Halloween season.


Moviegoers have to option to have dinner in the Gallery at Towngate prior to the screening. Cost for the pre-screening dinner is $20 and includes movie ticket, all food, soft drinks, coffee, tea, water and a box of popcorn to enjoy during the film. Beer and wine are available for purchase. Dinner guests can also reserve their seat for the film prior to the screening.

Ye Olde Alpha provides the food for the Oct. 4 diner. Menu includes: grilled sirloin with demi-glace; lemon chicken with mushrooms and parsley; butternut squash risotto; roasted root vegetables; beet salad with baby spinach, goat cheese and caramelized onion; mixed green salad; and bread with honey butter.

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Reservations for the dinner must be made by 5 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 2, and can be made at or by calling 304-242-7700. Cost of just the film is $7, and no reservations are required. “Hocus Pocus” will be shown at 7:30 p.m.


“E.T. The Extra Terrestrial” — Friday, Nov. 29

The much-loved sci-fi fantasy by Steven Spielberg tells the story of a space alien who befriends a young California boy (Henry Thomas) while stranded on Earth during a routine mission.

“The Birds” — Friday, Jan. 10

Alfred Hitchcock’s 1963 thriller centers on a small northern California coastal town that is inexplicably attacked and rendered helpless by massive flocks of aggressive birds.

“Casablanca”  Friday, Feb. 14

The epic love story, starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman, won three Academy Awards — Best Picture, Best Director and Best Screenplay.

“All the President’s Men” — Friday, March 6

This 1976 Academy Award-winning political thriller stars Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman as “The Washington Post” reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein as they uncover the details of the Watergate scandal that leads to President Richard Nixon’s resignation.

For more information on Towngate Theatre, visit or call 304-242-7700.