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The Tower Theatre welcomes a new year with two classic movies, a chance to “abide” with a Dude, and a party to watch Oregon’s Ducks battle the Auburn Tigers in the BCS Championship football game.

Saturday, January 8, at 8 pm, drink white Russians and dress like The Dude, Walter, Donny or Maude when the comedy “The Big Lebowski” (1998, rated R) takes over the Tower. Lebowski (Jeff Bridges) is mistaken for a millionaire also named Lebowski, and seeks restitution for his ruined rug by enlisting his bowling buddies (John Goodman, John Turturro and Steve Buscemi). Costume contest winners receive prizes from Local Independent 92/9.

Tailgate in the Tower as the Ducks fight the Tigers for the college championship Monday, January 10, at 5:30 pm. Watch the game on Central Oregon's biggest screen. Enjoy a buffet from Baldy's BBQ. Enter to win U of O swag. Proceeds benefit Oregon Club of Central Oregon and Tower Theatre Foundation.

“Sing-along Saturdays” return in January, just in time to dress-up and release your inner Tracy Turnblad, Dorothy or Cowardly Lion. The Tower’s family-friendly movie screenings feature karaoke-style song lyrics projected on the big screen during all the big musical production numbers.

On January 15, Nikki Blonsky stars in “Hairspray” (2007, rated PG) as an overweight teenager with all the right moves who breaks the color barrier of a 1962 Baltimore TV dance show. Co-stars John Travolta, Michelle Pfeiffer, Amanda Bynes, Queen Latifah and Zac Efron. This energetic musical was nominated for three Golden Globes and a Grammy; it won MTV Movie, Teen Choice and People’s Choice awards.

Follow the yellow brick road – and the on-screen lyrics – to “The Wizard of Oz” (1939, rated G) January 22 at 7 pm. Dress-up, sing-along and truly experience this magical movie classic, recently remastered for improved picture clarity and audio fidelity.

The Tower Theatre Foundation owns and operates the historic venue in downtown Bend. The Foundation’s mission is to provide performing arts, civic, educational and social events that enliven and enrich the lives of all Central Oregonians. Program information, group discounts and tickets are available at the Tower Theatre box office, or at

What:      “The Big Lebowski”

When:      Saturday, Jan. 8 at 8 pm

Tickets:   $10 General admission


What:       Tailgate in the Tower – Oregon vs. Auburn

When:       Monday, Jan. 10 at 5:30 pm

Tickets:    $25 (includes buffet)

Proceeds benefit Oregon Club of Central Oregon & Tower Theatre Foundation


What:        “Hairspray”            “The Wizard of Oz”

When:        Saturday, Jan. 15    Saturday, Jan. 22

                 7 pm                   7 pm

Tickets: $10 General admission


Where: The Tower Theatre - 835 NW Wall Street - Bend, Oregon


Buy Tickets: 541-317-0700 or

Group discounts available

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