STORY WRITTEN BY VIRGINIA LINDAK
For Digital First Media
PHOENIXVILLE >> Phoenixville’s annual Blobfest is getting ready to ooze into town from July 10 through 12 to celebrate the 1958 cult classic film “The Blob.” The popular weekend festival will begin Friday night at the Colonial Theatre and continues all day Saturday along Bridge Street for the street fair.
Filmed locally in the borough of Phoenixville as well as Chester Springs, “The Blob” starred future screen icon Steve McQueen as he tries to save a town from an ever-growing monster threatening to devour all of humanity. With scenes shot on Main Street and Bridge Street, the most memorable scene from the movie known as the “Run Out” will be reenacted on Friday night, as hundreds of people will run, screaming, out of the Colonial Theatre. There will also be a stage show at the theater and later Friday night, the Blob Ball returns to its new location at Great American Pub.
The fun continues Saturday during the street fair, which will feature a plethora of special guests, vendors, music and activities. “Monster Mash” is the festival’s theme this year and many creepy crawly critters are sure to appear. Additionally, there will be a costume contest, vintage and hot-rod car club, tin foil hat contest, fire extinguisher parade and much more. Kris Yeaworth, son of “The Blob” director Shorty Yeaworth, will be greeting fans throughout the day.
Also making a special appearance is the original fire truck that was in the movie back in 1958.
“Everybody is really excited,” said Colonial Theatre executive director Mary Foote. “We’re really happy to have Ricou Browning back; he was “The Creature from the Black Lagoon” and we are showing that film Blobfest weekend. We also have an Abbott and Costello tribute group who will be out and about all weekend. We were listed in the top 50 festivals this summer in the Philadelphia area so we were pretty excited about that. It has a combination of great family friendly fun as well as a real connection to the Phoenixville community and its history.”
Dozens of unique vendors will be selling their wares, all of which have a sci-fi twist. Expect to find rare and unusual treasures, horror movies, artwork and more. Foote said they aim to find vendors selling original items that suit the festival well.
“We do jury it, because we think it’s important that they really reflect the event. We turn down a lot of people because what we are looking for is folks who have some connection with sci-fi or art, in a sci-fi kind of way. So we end up with a really fun mix of different people. We want it to be very unusual, but it’s all family friendly,” Foote commented.
“What it gives us is an opportunity for people to see us beyond our regional impact. We have people coming from across the country. It gives us a wider presence than just our local theaters so that’s a big advantage. It’s nice for a theater to have something to hang their hat on, something that people can identify with,” she said.
More information can be found at www.colonialtheatre.org.