City cinema celebrates cult classics

Nate Billings

The Pittsburg 8 in the Meadowbrook Mall is bringing movies from the 80s back to the big screen.

Benji Tunnell, senior English major and general manager of the Pittsburg 8, said the movies are ones which gained a cult following after their release either in theaters or on DVD and VHS.

“Somebody our age, wouldn’t get to see them on the big screen,” Tunnell said.

Starting Friday and Saturday at midnight, a different movie will be seen every weekend for a month.

The movies include This is Spinal Tap, Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Goonies, Taxi Driver, Caddyshack, Reservoir Dogs, Clerks and Fight Club.

Tunnell said he shopped ideas around and ended up choosing these titles because of their availability and age.

“It’s a chance to appreciate them,” he said.

Students on campus have mixed feelings about the showings.

“I don’t know if I’d make it all the way to Pittsburg,” said David Lipscomb, senior health promotion and wellness major.

Lipscomb said he would like to see the movies, but thought the drive would make it difficult for students to go to the shows.

Tunnell said the showings are made with students in mind.

“There are not a whole lot of entertainment opportunities in Joplin,” he said.

Others enjoyed the idea, but thought the location was not as practical for Missouri Southern students.

“I think it’d appeal to a number here, but I don’t know how many,” said Casey Ellett freshman undecided major. “Personally, I love Caddyshack. It doesn’t get better than that.”

Others agreed with this sentiment.

“I think it would make in Joplin,” said Justin Nodler, Southern alumni and Joplin resident.

Nodler said he would like to see an independent film theater come to the area.

“There’s so much out there you don’t even know about,” he said.

Tunnell said the theater would appreciate any comments and suggestions viewers may have.

One student said she sees the movies appealing to her friends.

“A lot of my friends like old movies,” said Brooke Parks, freshman general business major. “There is some kind of interest. If there were chick flicks, I’d be more likely to go.”

She said though she is busy, she would go if her friends invited her.

Tickets are $3 per ticket and the theater may be reached at 620-232-2256.