HANFORD – Local theater-goers may come down with a serious case of “Saturday Night Fever” when the Hanford Fox Theatre screens the classic disco movie this weekend.
The quintessential disco film helped make John Travolta a household name when it was originally released in 1977.
Travolta plays Tony, disco dancing the night away to escape the laborious reality of his blue collar life, living in Brooklyn with his parents. He strives to become the best dancer at his local discotheque while clashing with his unsupportive parents and dealing with the neighborhood’s racial tensions.
The film’s soundtrack is the best-selling movie soundtrack of all time with over 45 million copies sold, 16 million of those in the U.S. alone. The film features songs like “Stayin’ Alive,” “Night Fever” and “More than a Woman,” by the Bee Gees as well as songs by Kool & the Gang, KC and the Sunshine Band and more.
The film, made with a budget of $3.5 million went on to gross $237 million at the box office, becoming a smash hit and a cultural touchstone for disco-era America and the gold medallions, mirror balls and leisure suits that came with it.
The film screens as part of the Fox’s Throwback Films Series. Upcoming screenings in the series include “The Lion King” on Saturday, March 3, and “The Big Lebowski” on Saturday, March 24.
“Saturday Night Fever” is set for 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24. Advance tickets are available for $5 cash or $6 on a card. Tickets are an additional $1 the day of the show. All orders come with a $2 restoration fee.
The film is rated R and runs 116 minutes.