Over the past three years, by showing a great movie and donating the proceeds to charity, Portlanders have raised over $28,000 for Equality Now. What's more, while the charity screenings of Joss Whedon's Serenity began in Portland, they've become a worldwide phenomenon—since 2006, Serenity fans the world over have raised over $250,000 for Equality Now.
This year, Portland's "Can't Stop the Serenity" events will be going down on Saturday, June 27 at Cinema 21, where the first "Can't Stop the Serenity" was held. And at least one of the two planned screenings sounds like it'll be more fun than ever. Via the PDX Browncoats:
This year, we will hold two screenings. The first screening will be open to all ages. Doors open at 3PM. We are very excited to announce that Portland’s second screening will be the first ever Special Hell showing of Serenity. Have you ever wanted to shout your favorite lines at the screen? Tell the actors to watch out? Warn Wash before that crucial moment when he meets his fate? This is your chance! The Special Hell screening allows us, the fans, to poke a little fun at our favorite Joss Whedon film. And who better to make fun of it than those who love it most? Doors for the second show will open at 10:30 PM. Cinema 21 now serves beer and wine, so the late show will be 21 and older.
Wow, what a crazy coincidence! Know what I like to do on weekends? GET DRUNK AND WATCH SPACESHIPS CRASH AND LISTEN TO WITTY BANTER. Plus, the last time I saw Serenity at Cinema 21, I had to buy beer at that convenience store next door to the theater, then awkwardly smuggle it in under my shirt, and I think I might have dropped it on the floor at some point maybe? NO MATTER. My point is this: As somebody who's been to the event every year since it began, I can attest that it's always a blast, and it's for a very good cause, and it'll be nice to have officially sanctioned drinking for a change, not to mention officially sanctioned shouting. You should go.