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Oaks Theater's 'Bad Movie Nite!' dares audience to endure flops

| Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014, 9:00 p.m.
The Oaks Theater is hosting 'Bad Movie Night'
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Jake Miller, 19, of Verona updates the marquee announcing times for 'The Dark Knight Rises' at The Oaks Theater in Oakmont early on Friday, July 20, 2012, as movie-goers watch the midnight premier inside. Stephanie Strasburg | Tribune-Review

Sometimes, a bad movie can be just as much, if not more, fun as a highly acclaimed film.

At least, that's what the Oaks Theater hopes with its monthly “Bad Movie Nite!”

“It's always a B, C, sometimes D movie,” manager Adam Morgan says. “(They're so bad), most of the time, people haven't heard of them.”

Morgan said the theater has been having “Bad Movie Nite!” or BMN, since October. The next installment is 10 p.m. Jan. 17 and 18.

“The movie's always a mystery,” Morgan says. “People always come in and ask me what we're going to show. I tell them, ‘half the fun is the surprise.'

It doesn't matter what the movie is. Whatever the movie is, it's going to be a lot of fun.”

Morgan says he can't even reveal what movies were shown in the past.

Each film is preceded by a compilation of bad home movies, educational films and other shorts, that, Morgan says, are intended to engage the audience before the main feature starts.

“Bad Movie Nite!” is spawned from http://www.facebook.com/BadMovieNite.

“They pick the movies,” Morgan says. “Everyone tries suggesting movies to me, but they have to do that to them.”

Morgan says that it's the audience that makes “Bad Movie Nite!”

“It's a real communal experience,” he says. “Everyone's in the same room having a good time. We want the audience to enhance the experience.”

R. A. Monti is a contributing writer for Trib Total Media.

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