The Concessionaires Must Die!

Join Director America Young and cast members Talia Tabin and Zakareth Ruben as they screen and discuss their new film, The Concessionaires Must Die!

It’s hard times for the gang at the Monarch: a one-screen movie theater bringing the best in vintage and cult cinema to the masses, or more often, four nerds and a couple of kids who ought be in school. With a multiplex about to open just down the street, Gabby (Zakareth Ruben) decides it’s time to smell the coffee, sell up and cut out. But her brave team of dedicated concessionaires, led by uber-geek Scott (David Blue), refuses to give up. Surely there must be some way to keep the dream alive?

The feature directorial debut from actress America Young is an engaging slacker comedy peppered with goofy movie parodies executed with tender, loving care on a shoestring budget (everything from Batman to Casablanca, Star Wars to Conan the Barbarian—and that’s just the first five minutes). On top of that you get celebrity cameos (Stan Lee, Dan Lauria), a treasure trove of pop culture trivia, and a not-entirely-inaccurate elegy for a breed of plucky repertory movie houses dying a slow death through inattention and digital streaming.

The Concessionaires Must Die! screening at San Diego Comic Fest

San Diego Comic Fest screening of The Concessionaires Must Die