Retro Film Series: “Ghostbusters” and “Gremlins 2: The New Batch”

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The Museum of Durham History is partnering with the Carolina Theatre’s Retro Film Series to bring our supporters a special double-feature of Ghostbusters and Gremlins 2: The New Batch. Come enjoy a night of ghouls and goofiness!


The 2024 Retro Film Series is a part of the programming for the Fall 2023-Spring 2024 exhibit, Stranger Times, an exploration of the contemporary and the nostalgic. For these events, we are excited to partner with the Carolina Theatre to show and promote the films. If you are attending the Retro Film Series events, the Museum will have a marketing booth set up. Stop by to learn all about the new exhibit and its themes. Stay tuned for more installation announcements.

It’s funny, people will be like, “Oh, you make all these cute references,” and I’m like, “Yeah, but I literally have pictures of me as a Ghostbuster [on Halloween].” It’s what I did as a kid. I was pop-culture obsessed, so of course these kids are also into it. It’s not referencing stuff that we are into. I mean it is, but these kids would be into Ghostbusters. To me, that’s authentic. That’s not self-aware. It’s authentic, it’s real, because we did it. But when we dressed up as Ghostbusters, we were growing up a little later, so they had toys, they had the trap. Like, Dustin would never be able to actually make that trap. We had to have a professional make that trap to open and shut. I love that he tells Mr. Clark, “Of course it opens and shuts!” That’s actually incredibly difficult, to get that to open and shut like that. It actually doesn’t shut, that fake trap we made — it pops open, and it takes a while to get it to shut again.

The Duffer Brothers Recap Stranger Things 2, ‘Chapter Two: Trick or Treat, Freak’

Jump to the 9:00 minute mark to listen to the Duffer Brothers and their inspiration from Gremlins!

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