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Roll back to the '80s with The Goonies at the Cycle-In Cinema on Platte Tonight

With New Belgium Brewery's Tour d' Fat just a few weeks away, the Fort Collins-based brewery is hosting The Cycle-In Cinema on Platte, by REI at Confluence Park, to pave the way for the annual festival. "This week we will be showing The Goonies and next week we will show Pee Wee's Big Adventure," says event organizer Justin Patti of Mile High Field Branding.

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"We wanted to have some movies that are classics that appeal to people in the age range we're looking at -- that millennial and twenty-to-thirty something range," he adds. "We wanted something that's classic, quotable and a movie that people enjoy, but at the same time, movies that are PG and have a family-friendly vibe and still a nostalgic feel."

For the uninitiated, The Goonies -- produced by Steven Spielberg -- is a 1985 coming-of-age comedic adventure about a group of rowdy kids about to be displaced from their houses by a country club development project. In the attic of one of their homes, they find an ancient map and go on a harrowing adventure in search of a pirate's lost treasure.

Tim Burton's Pee Wee's Big Adventure follows gawky children's TV character Pee Wee Herman as he travels across the United States, trying to find his stolen bicycle and encountering memorable characters like Large Marge -- one of film history's freakiest comedy cameos.

The Goonies plays on August 21 and Pee Wee's Big Adventure on August 28. Gates open at 7:30, so viewers have time to try New Belgium's beers and grab some grub at the food trucks before the show starts at dusk. Tickets can be purchased in advance at for $8 or at the gate for $10. Proceeds from beer and entry will be donated to Bike Denver.

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Kyle Harris has been Westword’s Culture Editor since 2016, writing about the arts, music and film.
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