NORTH HAVEN — Magic, mystery and mayhem will rule the day as Cinemark presents classic fantasy-adventure movies “The Dark Crystal” showing now and “Labyrinth” later this spring.
Cinemark, 550 Universal Drive, hosts special screenings of classic films through Fathom Events, a cinema broadcast network that also offers local theaters live performances, stage productions, sports events, concerts and anime titles.
Christopher Ortiz, Cinemark assistant manager, said Monday classic children’s films actually draw more teenagers and adults than kids.
The two upcoming movies are Jim Henson films from the 1980s. Henson is best known as creator of the Muppets, an innovator in puppetry, animatronics and digital animation.
“They were classics for them, when they were children,” Ortiz said. “It does well with the older crowd.”
“The Dark Crystal” is scheduled for 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Feb. 28, 2 p.m. March 3 and 7 p.m. March 6.
The 1982 movie takes place in the world of Thra. A fracture in a great magic crystal causes two races to be created: the tranquil Mystics, or urRu, and the evil Skeksis, who all but destroyed Thra’s native species, the Gelflings. The Mystics summon Jen, one of the last surviving Gelflings, to find the lost piece of the crystal. The quest sends him on an adventure that can restore harmony and peace to Thra.
According to a news release, each screening of “The Dark Crystal” will include a brand-new featurette with Lisa Henson, CEO and president of the Jim Henson Company, reflecting on the making of the film and its creative legacy.
“Labyrinth” is scheduled for 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. April 29, 7 p.m. May 1 and 7 p.m. May 2.
In this 1986 movie, Sarah (Jennifer Connelly) is frustrated with babysitting on yet another weekend night and summons the Goblins to take her baby brother away. When little Toby actually disappears, Sarah must follow him into a fantastical world, befriending outrageous characters and facing unknown dangers to rescue him from the Goblin King (David Bowie).
According to a news release, the event will include exclusive introductions by Brian Henson and Jennifer Connelly and a special excerpt from the award-winning fantasy series “The Storyteller.”
Audiences are encouraged to attend the screenings in costume. Cinemark policy allows costumes, but not masks or face paints.
Ortiz said he recommends buying tickets ahead of time if you want a specific seat.
“There is no bad seat,” he said, adding that all the seats are recliners.
Tickets can be purchased at www.fathomevents.com or at the Cinemark box office.