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Old-Fashioned: The Story of the Wisconsin Supper Club

2015, Holly De Ruyter, USA, 51 min.

Show Times

  • Fri, Apr 29th 2:00pm
  • Sat, Apr 30th 5:15pm
  • Sun, May 1st 3:00pm
  • Mon, May 2nd 6:00pm
  • Wed, May 4th 7:45pm
Back by popular demand! Director Holly De Ruyter in person!

"Sweet, nostalgic and fundamentally Midwestern." – Lindsay Christians, The Capital Times

Revel in a nostalgic look at a Midwestern institution where maraschino-garnished drinks, plentiful comfort food, and family atmosphere reign supreme. Chicago filmmaker De Ruyter scours the hinterlands for an affectionate look at the still-thriving supper club. The Wisconsin-bred phenomenon historically ushered in an era of dining out that catered to the whole family, and made unaccompanied ladies welcome at the bar. These unique mom-and-pop restaurants beckon patrons with kitsch décor ranging from hunting cabin folksy to faux Oriental, and serve up live entertainment, fish fries, and prime rib specials with homegrown flavor. Present-day fans, owners, and connoisseurs voice their appreciation along with fears for the future in the face of corporate chain competition. DCP digital. (BS)

APRIL 29 - MAY 4: Director Holly De Ruyter will be present for audience discussion at all screenings. Moderating the discussions with De Ruyter on April 29 and May 2 will be Dave Hoekstra, former Chicago Sun-Times columnist-critic, current host of Nocturnal Journal on WGN-720AM and author of The Supper Club Book: A Celebration of a Midwest Tradition.

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