Groundhog Day is February 2. What better way to celebrate than watching a feel-good classic? Clinton Street Theater is bringing back its annual community screening of Groundhog Day.
What happens on Groundhog Day? Held in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, the celebration derives from the Pennsylvania Dutch superstition that if the groundhog, named Punxsutawney Phil, comes out of its burrow on February 2 and sees its shadow due to clear weather, it will retreat to its den and winter will continue for six more weeks. If the groundhog does not see its shadow because of cloudiness, spring will arrive early.
Celebrate this tradition at one of Portland’s historic theaters.
Celebrate Groundhog Day at Clinton Street Theater
The silly, fantastical event is also immortalized in the 1993 film Groundhog Day starring Bill Murray and Andie MacDowell.
In the movie, a weatherman is reluctantly sent to cover the celebration in Punxsutawney. This is his fourth year on the story, and he makes no effort to hide his irritation with the whole situation.
After getting stuck overnight in the town, he wakes up the following day and it is Groundhog Day all over again. And again. And yet again. Will he get out of this monotonous, repetitive situation or is he destined to relive the same day for the rest of his life?
On Wednesday at 7 p.m., head to Clinton Street Theater for a free screening of the movie. You do not need to reserve your spot in advance. Yet, this is a first come, first served event and the theater currently open with limited capacity.
Clinton Street Theater is located at 2522 SE Clinton St. in Portland. For more information, visit the theater’s website.
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