David Bowie and Prince lead the pack for Bangor Drive-In’s Throwback Thursday screenings

Come purify yourselves in the waters of Lake Minnetonka, and do a little dance magic dance next week, when the Bangor Drive-In hosts the first of three Throwback Thursday events this summer. Thursday, June 16, the first screening, offers two films starring two icons we sadly lost this year — “Labyrinth,” starring David Bowie, and “Purple Rain,” starring Prince.

As much fun as all this sounds, I have to admit, I might get a little misty-eyed at the thought of watching both these films in one night. Both of them? Come on, universe. 2016 has been a rough one. That said, these are both insanely fun movies — “Labyrinth,” because it combines two of the best things in the world (David Bowie and Jim Henson), and “Purple Rain” because it’s possibly the greatest movie soundtrack of all time. And also two beautiful, beautiful men. Ugh. See? I’m getting verclempt just typing this.

Films are all double features, and begin at sundown — currently around 8:25 p.m. — with gates opening at 6:30 p.m. Admission is $22 per car, a decrease of $5 off of last year’s price of $27, and there is a full snack bar with pizza, popcorn, candy and other treats available. I’ll have more info on the other two Throwback Thursday screenings in the next few days; the regular movies at the Drive-In this week are “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2: Out of the Shadows” paired with “The Angry Birds Movie,” and then on screen two there’s “X-Men: Apocalypse” and “Neighbors 2.” Screenings are on Wednesdays through Sundays; check out the Bangor Drive-In Facebook page for more info and updated listings. 

Now here’s a picture of Prince. Because Prince.

Reuters photo by Dylan Martinez

Reuters photo by Dylan Martinez

And here’s a video of David, because David.

Emily Burnham

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Emily Burnham is a Maine native, UMaine graduate, proud Bangorian and a writer and editor for Bangor Metro Magazine, the Weekly and the Bangor Daily News, where she's worked since 2004. She reports on everything from local bands to local food to all the cool things going on in the Greater Bangor area. In her quest for stories, she's seen countless concerts and plays, been lobster fishing, interviewed celebrities, hung out with water buffalo and played in a ukulele orchestra. She's interested in everything that happens in Maine. Albums for review are accepted digitally only; please no CDs.