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Free outdoor cult film series kicks off in Corktown

Melody Baetens
The Detroit News

Cult classics, off-the-wall comedies and forgotten cinema gems are coming to Corktown this spring and summer, showing in the courtyard of the Trumbull & Porter Hotel.

The free movie series, Cult Classics in the Courtyard, is every Friday at 8 p.m. starting April 20 with John Waters’ “Cry Baby,” — Waters happens to be appearing in town that weekend at El Club in Detroit — and will run through Oct. 26, when “Rocky Horror Picture Show” is shown in time for Halloween.

Before the films, Red Dunn Kitchen will host happy hour, and during the flicks an outdoor bar will serve popcorn and cocktails in the courtyard. The 15,000-square-foot courtyard has a bonfire, plus chairs, picnic table seating and ground seating (bring a blanket).

The series includes obvious choices like “The Big Lebowski” (April 27) and “Trainspotting” (May 11), and at least one newer film, the Detroit-shot “It Follows.” On June 29, the hotel will show “The Room” to coincide with the Tommy Wiseau film’s 15th anniversary.

Dustin Walker, food and beverage director for Trumbull & Porter hotel and Red Dunn restaurant, curated the series. Walker said he grew up near longstanding Thomas Video — now closed — which was known for a unique and very large collection of films.

“I would be picking the brains of cinephile dorks and subsequently ended up having this weird obsession with weird movies and I think there’s a lot of people in the area that do as well,” he said.

Walker wants the series to have a similar vibe as the Main Art’s midnight showings of older films, or the Magic Bag’s Brew & View series where the movie also is a social event and not meant to be taken too seriously.

“It’s a good forum to get together with your friends and laugh and talk and have a good time at the movies,” he said, adding that he wanted something that was free and somewhat early so folks could hit a bar or club after.

Trumbull and Porter Hotel and Red Dunn Kitchen is at 1331 Trumbull in Detroit. Call the restaurant at (313) 887-9477.

Twitter: @melodybaetens

Movie schedule

Due to the nature of many of the films, this is not meant to be a family-friendly event. Here’s the schedule:

“Cry Baby,” April 20

“The Big Lebowski,” April 27

“Labyrinth,” May 4

“Trainspotting,” May 11

“Pulp Fiction,” May 18

“They Live,” May 25

“Pee Wee’s Big Adventure,” June 1

“Monty Python & the Holy Grail,” June 8

“Big Trouble in Little China,” June 15

“Troll 2,” June 22

“The Room,” June 29

“It Follows,” July 6

“The Princess Bride,” July 13

“The Wicker Man,” July 20

“Army of Darkness,” July 27

“Office Space,” Aug. 3

“Donnie Darko,” Aug. 10

“Hedwig and the Angry Inch,” Aug. 17

“Dazed and Confused,” Aug. 24

“Repo Man,” Aug. 31

“Clerks,” Sept. 7

“Kill Bill,” Sept. 14

“To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar,” Sept. 21

“The Warriors,” Sept. 28

“This is Spinal Tap,” Oct. 5

“Fight Club,” Oct. 12

“Heathers,” Oct. 19

“Rocky Horror Picture Show,” Oct. 26