The Canned Film Festival (1986– )

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This was a hosted horror movie (comedy) series aired in 1986, with Laraine Newman playing Laraine, the owner and sole usherette at the Ritz Theater in the fictional town of Limekirk, Texas.

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Series cast summary:
 Laraine (13 episodes, 1986)
 Jack (13 episodes, 1986)
Laura Galusha ...
 Becky (13 episodes, 1986)
Patrick Garner ...
 Fitzy (13 episodes, 1986)
 Chan (13 episodes, 1986)
 Doris (13 episodes, 1986)


The series intertwined the activities at the Ritz Theater with the showing of old horror movies. The plot was that Laraine was trying to bring life back into the theater through the showing of these old movies. As new customers would come to the theater, they would become regular cast members. The show only lasted 1 season and ran from 21 June 1986 till 13 September 1986, airing 13 episodes. Written by Paul Gerard Kennedy

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21 June 1986 (USA)  »

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The soda Dr Pepper was the main sponsor of the series. During the show's commercial breaks the announcer would say, "The Canned Film Festival, Brought to you by Dr Pepper..." See more »

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Great idea, bad execution
18 October 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This played on TV in the summer of 1986 (I believe). It had a great idea: Laraine Newman plays an usherette at a theatre that showed nothing but bad old movies. They showed the movies but they were interrupted by commercials and "comic" antics of Newman and the audience. The big problem here is the comedy with Newman and the audience was painfully unfunny. The cast tried but the material wasn't there for them. Even worse the films were edited down to about an hour rendering most of them incomprehensible. Still, it was fun to watch late at night during the weekend if you couldn't sleep. Also this gave exposure to some truly bad movies that (back then) you had no way of seeing. So, for its time, it was amusing but badly done.

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