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'Raiders' to play at Empire for Stockton-Con

June 27, 2013

YellowBrix

June 27--The swagger. The adventure. The bullwhip. The comedy.

"Raiders of the Lost Ark" returns to the big screen at 7 p.m. Friday for Stockton-Con Movie Night at the Empire Theatre.

The 1981 film starring Harrison Ford, which launched the Indiana Jones dynasty, also begins the build up to Stockton-Con 2013, scheduled for Aug. 4 at Stockton Arena.

"It's kind of got that adventure element to it and fantasy in there as well," said Stockton-Con creator Mike Millerick. "There are so many different pieces of pop culture in everything we do. That's what Stockton-Con is all about."

"Raiders of the Lost Ark" was a cultural phenomenon when it debuted, becoming the biggest box office film of the year. It made Ford an A-list leading man and further enhanced the legacies of George Lucas, who co-wrote the story and produced, and Steven Spielberg, who directed. It also made a bit of a star out of University of the Pacific's Faye Spanos Concert Hall, which is used as an exterior for the campus scene where Indiana Jones teaches archaeology.

If movie buffs turn out, Millerick said he may offer more movie nights at the Empire, formerly the Stockton Royal Theatre, at 1825 Pacific Ave.

"We're just trying to get some other events happening," Millerick said. "I talked to other folks in other areas who have done movie nights, and the Empire Theatre was a great venue for us to work with. It helps to give us a little more awareness of Stockton-Con in general, and a lot of folks have fond memories of the old Stockton Royal Theatre, and haven't had a chance to see a movie there much."

Another treat in store for fans and Stockton-Con attendees will be a special announcement made during the movie event.

Stockton-Con has also partnered with Whirlow's Tossed and Grilled at 1924 Pacific Ave. to provide fans 20 percent off their dinner bill from 5-7 p.m. if they mention the Movie Night. After the show, attendees can show their ticket stub at Yogurt My Way, with 20 percent of all purchases donated to United Way and Saint Mary's Dining Room.

There also will be a raffle to benefit United Way of San Joaquin and Saint Mary's Dining Room. Tickets will be $1 with prizes awarded after the movie.

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