By Jonathan West

Gene Wilder, one of the most impactful movie comedians of our time, sadly passed away on Monday due to complications from Alzheimer’s. But you can see 2 of his most popular movies in 2 Chicago theatres today & tomorrow!

Born in Milwaukee and also an Army medic who went to the University of Iowa, Wilder started as an Off-Broadway stage actor in 1962. He filmed the timeless classic Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory in Germany in 1970. Yes, the same movie that Johnny Depp (questionably) remade in 2005.

(Photo by John D. Kisch/Separate Cinema Archive/Getty Images)

(Photo by John D. Kisch/Separate Cinema Archive/Getty Images)

One of my favorite comedies of all-time, Blazing Saddles was released in 1974. With a budget less than Willy Wonka, the Mel Brooks‘ satire starring Cleavon Little & Wilder has grossed more than $119 million to date!

And you can see both of these movies at 2 Chicago AMC theatres throught tomorrow evening! You can take the kids to Willy Wonka at 5PM & the adults to Blazing Saddles at 7:30PM at both AMC’s in River North & near the Woodfield Mall in Schaumburg. For more locations around the US, look HERE.

AND enter to win tickets to see another comedy HERE.


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