Two Films on the Big Screen at Towngate Theatre This Weekend

Cinema returns to Oglebay Institute’s Towngate Theatre this weekend with “Seven Samurai,” considered one of the greatest films ever made, and the award-winning anime classic “Spirited Away,” both of which will be shown on Towngate’s big screen.

Director Akira Kurosawa’s character-driven masterpiece “Seven Samurai” is about an aging swordsman who enlists six other warriors-for-hire to safeguard a remote village plagued by bandits.

After viewing “Seven Samurai” filmmaker Federico Fellini called Kurosawa “the greatest living example of all that an author of the cinema should be.”

Hayao Miyazaki’s Academy Award-winning animated film “Spirited Away” became a worldwide phenomenon and many consider it as the best-ever to date computer-aided cell animation.

In the film, Chihiro thinks she is on another boring trip with her parents.

But when they stop at a village that is not all that it seems, her parents undergo a mysterious transformation, and Chihiro is whisked into a world of fantastic spirits, shape-shifting dragons and a witch who never wants to see her leave.

She must call on the courage she never knew she had to free herself and return her family to the outside world.

There is no admission charge for “Spirited Away.” It is free and open to the public.

Tickets for “Seven Samurai” can be purchased at the door.

The box office opens one hour prior to each screening. Beer, wine, soda, water, popcorn and candy are available for purchase at all Towngate movies.

Weekend Film



7 p.m.:  “Seven Samurai”

Saturday, Jan. 27

2 p.m.: “Spirited Away” (Free)

7 p.m.: “Seven Samurai”

Sunday, Jan. 28

2 p.m. “Seven Samurai”