Beach Theatre's Flickstock offers a week of cult film classics

By Steve Persall, Times Film Critic
Published June 21, 2007

Beach Theatre's new owner, Michael France, has a sense of old-school showmanship that suits the retro-deco place. His latest ballyhoo is Flickstock, 10 days of cult films and classics plus live entertainment and unusual concessions.

Flickstock opens Friday with two showings (6:45 and 9:30 p.m.) of the concert documentary Monterey Pop, featuring starmaking performances by Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin. Local favorites Uncle John's Band will perform songs from the counterculture era between the screenings. There is a separate admission fee of $7 for each movie/musical set.

That's only the beginning. Saturday night brings two screenings (7 and 9:15 p.m.) of Let the Good Times Roll, featuring Chuck Berry and a Who's Who of 1950s rock 'n' roll, again with musicians performing between shows. Stick around for a midnight viewing of Rocky Horror Picture Show with a live cast.

Sunday's film is Dirty Dancing (7 and 9:15 p.m.). Weekday movies in the Flickstock lineup include Young Frankenstein (Wednesday), Jaws (June 26, with shark sandwiches for sale), The Big Lebowski (June 27, with White Russian cocktails available) and The Jerk (June 28 with Chiclets and pizza in a cup for sale).

Flickstock's second weekend showcases Surf Night (June 29) with a locally produced documentary and the Hodaddys performing, A Hard Day's Night (June 30) with the Beatles and Standing in the Shadow of Motown (July 1), both with live musical performances.

Visit the Beach's Web site (www.beachtheatre.com) for more information. The theater is at 315 Corey Ave., St. Pete Beach.