The venerable Hope Cinema was packed to the rafters this past weekend, with two sold out showings of a Rambo double feature.
The nearly 75 year old theatre has held special Rambo screenings since commemorating the 35th anniversary of the first film in the franchise (filmed in Hope) three years ago. That proved so popular the tradidtion has continued, with this past Saturday’s screening drawing people from all over B.C and even the U.S.
“The energy in here is really great, people are very excited about this, we sold out all 310 tickets, and have people here from Pemberton, Kelowna, Vancouver, even a couple who came up from Colarado,” said Brian McKinney of the Hope Visitor’s Centre.
Yes, you read that right, Eric Anderson and Dana Blay flew from Denver to Seattle and drove up from there to attend the Hope screening of Rambo.
“This is the third year in a row we’ve done this, it’s so much fun,” said Adamson. He added that they really enjoy the area for hiking and the beautiful scenery.
Kent Heggart of Nanaimo, B.C came over from the Island and met friends Max and Jennifer Hilland fro the drive up to Squamish. It was Heggart’s first time ever viewing of the first Rambo film, but just the same he sported a ‘Rambo’ wig and headband.
“This is a lot of fun, it’s exciting to be here.”
After the screening patrons were invited to the Silver Chalice Pub to contrinue the festivities. Due to demand a second screening was added Sunday night.