Dead Poet's Society 30th Anniversary!

The Everett Theatre

Middletown’s historic Everett Theatre will host a gala reception and 35mm film projection commemorating the 30th Anniversary of the Academy Award winning motion picture Dead Poets Society on Saturday, April 27th at 5:00 p.m., with matinee on Sunday, April 28th at 1:00 p.m.

Directed by Peter Weir and released on June 2, 1989, to critical acclaim, the award-winning film Dead Poets Society stars Robin Williams as John Keating, an English teacher whose unorthodox methods of teaching poetry at an all-boys preparatory school are frowned upon by school leadership but inspire brilliant change and creativity in his students. The film was a box office success and earned its screenwriter, Robert Schulman, an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay.

Filming took place at the Everett Theatre and St. Andrew’s School in Middletown, Delaware, and at locations in nearby New Castle and Wilmington, Delaware. Many Delawareans worked on the film and can relate stories of behindthe-scenes filming techniques and memorable interactions with the star actors, including the critical scene shot at the Everett Theatre.

Saturday’s anniversary celebration at the Everett Theatre will include a gala reception with hors d’oeuvres & cocktails, meet and greet, theater tours, a silent auction of film memorabilia, beginning at 5:00 p.m. and feature screening of Dead Poets Society beginning at 7:30 p.m. A second matinee showing will take place on Sunday at 1:00 p.m.

Discerning moviegoers will arrive early to seek out a hallowed spot – Row G, Seat 104 – the seat where renowned comedian and actor, Robin Williams, sat during a memorable scene; however, the seat will remain empty in honor of the late actor.

The Everett Theatre first opened in 1922 and, nearing its 100-year anniversary, remains the area’s cultural center for cinema and the performing arts. The Everett’s stage is home to Broadway series productions, children’s theater, and one of the largest movie screens on the Delmarva Peninsula.

Tickets may be purchased in advance at or at the box office on the day of the show at 47 West Main Street, Middletown, Delaware 19709. Cost of admission is $45.00 Saturday and $10.00 Sunday. Though the theater seats up to 488 patrons, the event is anticipated to sell out in advance.

Learn more about upcoming movies, acting camps, and the 2019-20 theater season by visiting the website or The Everett Theatre on Facebook.

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