In 2014, Row House Theater opened in Lawrenceville, making it the first movie theater to operate in the neighborhood since 1965. On June 21, Row House and its sister store, Bierport, will celebrate three years of good films and good beer with a special birthday bash at Belvederes Ultra-Dive.
“It’s a chance to celebrate with our patrons, our vendors, and the Lawrenceville neighborhood. Our success couldn’t be realized without them,” said Row House owner Brian Mendelssohn in a press release.
A video mashup of Row House movies and favorite staff memories will serve as the backdrop for the evening as DJs Selecta and Nate Da Barber keep people moving on the dance floor. Sample some food truck bites from Blue Sparrow, sweet treats by Yummyholic, and crafts by Songbird Artistry. There will also be drink specials and complimentary Row House popcorn, party hats, and kazoos.
Doors open at 9 p.m. Tickets cost $6. Guests with the SRVD app will have access to exclusive drink specials for the evening. As part of the birthday celebration, Row House will also host a week of their favorite films from June 16-22.
Before director Peter Jackson redefined excess with his bloated, three-part take on The Hobbit, he was grossing out horror fans with ultra low-budget films such as the outrageous zombie classic Dead Alive. On Oct. 29th, Belvederes Ultra-Dive will celebrate another one of Jackson’s early works when they host their Halloween B-Horror Bash.
Presented as part of the venue’s weekly punk, post-punk, and goth night, Nilbog, the event will include a screening of Jackson’s first feature Bad Taste. Shot in New Zealand, the film follows a group of friends who must save their small town from becoming fast-food for a group of gluttonous aliens. The 1987 sci-fi horror comedy boasts impressive practical special effects and puppetry that were staples of Jackson’s early career.
Bad Taste will begin at 9 p.m. The Halloween B-Horror Bash will also include $5 homemade vegan pumpkin soup and a free raffle with prizes such as tattoo and piercing gift certificates from Alter Ego Body Art Studio and occult jewelry from Mod Evil Studio. A dance party with DJ Off the Record (aka The Vomiting Rat) will take place after the screening. Costumes are encouraged. Admission is free (for freaks).