September 1, 2016


Gene Wilder's 'Willy Wonka' & 'Blazing Saddles' Returning to AMC Theaters

Silver Screen Collection/Hulton Archive/Getty Images
Silver Screen Collection/Hulton Archive/Getty Images

The film industry continues to honor Gene Wilder after his death by bringing back two of his most beloved films to the big screen. Warner Bros. and AMC theaters announced they will play Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory and Blazing Saddles over this Labor Day weekend.

So now is your chance to witness 1971's magical wonderment filled with Oompa Loompas, and the 1974 Western comedy that was one of the most memorable collaborations between him and Mel Brooks. The films will be screened Sept. 3 and 4 at 55 AMC locations nationwide, and the tickets for both will cost $5. Click here for a list of participating theaters.

Gene Wilder passed away on Monday at age 83, due to complications from Alzheimer’s disease. "The choice to keep this private was his choice, in talking with us and making a decision as a family. We understand for all the emotional and physical challenges this situation presented we have been among the lucky ones," his family shared in a statement.

Since the actor's death, a flood of tributes came in from friend Mel BrooksJames Corden and Coldplay with their cover of Willy Wonka's "Pure Imagination."