Hocus Pocus Returns to Theaters for a Limited Time

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Hocus Pocus Returns to Theaters for a Limited Time

Hocus Pocus is making a grand return to the big screen in celebration of its 30th Anniversary. In the United States, select AMC theaters will be screening the beloved film on October 6th, giving fans a chance to relive the magic. Meanwhile, across the pond in the United Kingdom, Cineworld, Showcase, and Vue cinemas will also be treating audiences to special showings on various dates.

With the recent release of Hocus Pocus 2 on streaming platforms, the enchantment of the Sanderson Sisters has been rekindled in the hearts of movie enthusiasts. As the spooky season approaches, there’s a genuine opportunity for the original movie to enjoy some modest box office success. Amidst the plethora of Halloween-themed offerings at theaters, this presents a rare opportunity for families to enjoy a non-animated, family-friendly film during the season of thrills and chills.

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On X Twitter, the official movie account shared, “For 30 years the Sanderson Sisters have been putting a spell on you, see them back on the big screen for a limited time as we celebrate Hocus Pocus’ 30th Anniversary! The black flame candle ignites once again on October 6th.”

Disney has more exciting anniversary festivities lined up for Hocus Pocus. On October 7th, the historic Hawthorne Hotel in Salem will be transformed into a Sanderson Sisters-themed extravaganza. Hosted by the official Disney fan club, this Halloween costume party promises to do justice to mischievous characters like Master Devil and Medusa Lady (portrayed by Garry and Penny Marshall in the original film).

Attendees who secure their tickets can anticipate live musical performances, delightful culinary offerings, devilishly creative beverages, and an array of other delightful surprises. What makes this Hocus Pocus party truly magical is the presence of the leading ladies themselves, who will be in attendance, adding a bewitching aura to the proceedings.

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Before the night falls under the spell of fans and revelry, event-goers can look forward to a guided walking tour of Salem. During this excursion, participants will have the chance to explore the city’s historic landmarks and visit locations featured in the filming of Hocus Pocus. Disney describes this part of the celebration as follows.

“Thirty years ago, the Black Flame Candle was ignited by an unsuspecting group of kids, inadvertently unleashing Halloween havoc and hilarity on the storied city of Salem, Massachusetts. Three sinister sisters with talents of unfathomable magic (and questionable teamwork skills) mounted brooms, mops, and vacuums in a dastardly plot to retain eternal youth. Their plans may have been foiled, but as any great witch knows, the strongest magic always has a special way of coming back…”

All indications suggest the possibility of a Hocus Pocus 3, but as of now, there has been no official confirmation. Doug Jones, who portrayed Billy Butcherson, talked about reuniting with the Sanderson Sisters. In an interview with Collider, the actor expressed his excitement about reuniting with the iconic trio of witches.

Jones said, “When that call came, I was excited to get to do all of that again. I got to reunite with Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy, which was so dreamy… We’re all 30 years older and have matured and come through a lot of life in that time, so there was a lot to chat about on set. It was really quite lovely.”

Thirty years later Hocus Pocus holds a special place in the hearts of viewers, and its resurgence on the big screen promises to reignite the love and nostalgia we all feel for the Sanderson Sisters and their mischievous adventures. The fact that it’s a rare non-animated family film amid the spooky season offerings makes it all the more exciting for moviegoers of all ages. So, mark your calendars, secure your tickets, and prepare to be spellbound once more by this iconic tale of witchcraft, humor, and Halloween magic.


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