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Pretty in Pink celebrates 30th anniversary with Feb. 14 screenings nationwide



Ready to feel old again? Pretty in Pink turns 30 years old this year. And the 1986 movie will get its proper anniversary celebration with a return to theater screens in February.

Fathom Events is staging screenings for Valentine’s Day (Feb. 14 for you romantic luddites out there). An addition screening is planned for Feb. 17. The 30th anniversary edition of the film will include bonus footage including the actors discussing the original alternate ending of the movie. (Spoiler: Sorry, Blane.)

You can find a participating theater near you at this link. In Tampa Bay, Pretty in Pink will be shown at Tampa’s Citrus Stadium Park Mall 20, Brandon’s Regency 20, Pinellas Park’s Park Place Stadium 16 and Oldsmar’s Woodland Square 20.

In a perfect world, Molly Ringwald, Andrew McCarthy and Jon Cryer would do a post-screening live Q&A. In the most perfect world, the late John Hughes would be there too.

Here are five things that maybe you didn’t know about Pretty in Pink:

1. It was filmed at the same L.A. high school where Grease was made back in 1978. (Go Rydell High!)

2. Both Robert Downey Jr. and Anthony Michael Hall were considered for the role of Duckie.

3. Charlie Sheen auditioned for the role of Blane, which ultimately went to McCarthy. Tatum O'Neal, Lori Loughlin, Diane Lane, Sarah Jessica Parker and Brooke Shields were all considered for the role of Andie. (But does anyone actually believe Hughes would have cast anyone but Molly?)

4. James Spader (Steff) and McCarthy would work together again a year later in 1987’s Mannequin and again in 1987 on Less Than Zero.

5. John Hughes, unhappy with the ending of Pretty in Pink, basically made the follow-up movie Some Kind of Wonderful as an attempt to correct the ending. But his attempts to recruit Molly to play the lead role were rebuffed by the actress, and they never worked together again.

[Last modified: Tuesday, January 26, 2016 3:27pm]


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