Your mission (from God): See 'Blues Brothers' on Pickwick's big screen

  • You have two chances to see "The Blues Brothers" next week on the big screen in one of the suburbs' grandest theaters: the Pickwick Theatre in Park Ridge.

    You have two chances to see "The Blues Brothers" next week on the big screen in one of the suburbs' grandest theaters: the Pickwick Theatre in Park Ridge. Associated Press

 
 
Updated 6/12/2022 8:07 AM

If you've only seen "The Blues Brothers" on TV, DVD, VHS or (gulp) Betamax, you'll have two chances next week to finally see it on the big screen in one of the suburbs' grandest theaters.

The classic of musical mayhem starring John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd as two singers with "filthy mouths and bad attitudes" will play at 1 and 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 15, in the main auditorium at the Pickwick Theatre, 5 S. Prospect Ave., Park Ridge.

 
Noted architect R. Harold Zook designed the Pickwick Theatre in Park Ridge.
Noted architect R. Harold Zook designed the Pickwick Theatre in Park Ridge. - File photo

The event is presented by the Park Ridge Classic Film Series, which has hosted other screenings at the Pickwick, including "Dr. No" and "The African Queen." Learn more about the series, which also features programs at the Park Ridge Public Library, 20 S. Prospect Ave., at parkridgeclassicfilm.com.

Wednesday's 7:30 p.m. screening of "The Blues Brothers" will be preceded by music from Jay Warren. Advance tickets and matinee walk-ups cost $10 at pickwicktheatre.com; walk-ups for the 7:30 p.m. show cost $12.

The Nelson Funeral Home, which can be seen in "The Blues Brothers" just before Jake and Elwood get pulled over by the cops with SCMODS, is not far from the Pickwick Theatre. (Pay no attention to the gas price visible in this 2020 photo, it will make you sad.)
  The Nelson Funeral Home, which can be seen in "The Blues Brothers" just before Jake and Elwood get pulled over by the cops with SCMODS, is not far from the Pickwick Theatre. (Pay no attention to the gas price visible in this 2020 photo, it will make you sad.) - Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer, 2020

Oh, and keep your eyes peeled: On your way, you might drive on Talcott Road past Nelson Funeral Home, whose striking sign you can see in the movie just before Jake and Elwood get pulled over by the cops. You know, the ones who have SCMODS.

• Sean Stangland is an assistant news editor who was 10 years old when he saw Tim Burton's "Batman" at the Pickwick after having a club sandwich at the diner on the corner.

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