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 opportunity to see the worst of the worst
26 April 2002 | by (Los Angeles, California) – See all my reviews

This was a brief but charming syndicated series in the summer of 1986 showcasing some truly baaaaaaaad motion pictures over the years; just imagine "Mystery Science Theater 3000", only without comments from Joel, Mike and the robots in the foreground. This provided a terrific opportunity to see some truly stupendous classics of rotten cinema, among them: "Bride of the Monster", "They Saved Hitler's Brain", "Attack of the Eye Creatures", "Robot Monster", and my pick for best-worst movie of the series, "Eegah"--you HAVE to see this movie to believe it. My favorite scene: a boy and girl take a dune-buggy out into the desert to look for the girl's missing--perhaps injured and dying--father; but first...a snazzy sequence of hot-rodding shots over the dunes to some knock-off Beach Boys music! Truly stupefying! Comprising the framework of the series was the delightful Laraine Newman portraying a Chief Usherette for an old movie palace exhibiting a "film festival" of bad films. Various "friends" would drop by each week to dish on the movie in question. All in all, I remember this fondly as a great chance to catch these rarely-seen "classics" back in '86.

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