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Lyric’s ‘Lebowski’ screening to tie the community together

Jeff Bridges and Julianne Moore on the poster for 1998's "The Big Lebowski"
The Lyric Cinema is commemorating the 20th anniversary of the Big Lebowski’s release with a screening March 6 at 7 pm. (Photo courtesy of Gramercy Pictures).

Intruders pee on a man’s beloved rug. Said rug really ties the room together. The aggrieved man wants compensation for said act.

Thus begins the plot of 1998’s “The Big Lebowski,” a Coen Brothers classic.


To commemorate the 20th anniversary of the screening, the Lyric Cinema is holding a special showing of this classic.

The date?

March 6, 2018, the exact anniversary of the original release. The date is sometimes known as the “Day of The Dude” to Lebowski fanatics, or achievers, to use the preferred nomenclature.

The cult classic centers around Jeffrey Lebowski, better known as “The Dude” and played by Jeff Bridges. The Dude is mistaken for a magnate with the same name, hence the intruders and the rug-peeing. The Dude, along with his friends Walter and Donny, are subsequently investigating a kidnapping plot. The plot is both comedic and surreal.  German nihilists, marmots, and even a severed toe are involved. Copious amounts of White Russians and pot are also consumed.

The movie includes an eclectic cast besides Bridges, such as John Goodman, Julianne Moore and Steve Buscemi.

You might want to obtain tickets fast.

“We are expecting a couple hundred people  or so showing up and countless gallons of White Russians being consumed,” said Dillon Cole, cinema manager. Cole added that they anticipate screening the movie in an additional theater.

There are two ticket options, including one that includes a White Russian with purchase. The Lyric also offered an option that included a White Russian and custom-made bowling shirt, but that  is no longer available.

General screening information

Where: Lyric Cinema, 1209 N. College Ave, Fort Collins

When: March 6, 7 pm.

Prices: $10 for a ticket. $15 for a ticket and White Russian.

Cole said he expects a sense of “comedic camaraderie” from the screening.


“People love throwing out Lebowski quotes,” Cole said. “And when you find someone else that can play ball with you, you are friends instantly.”

Collegian reporter Nick Botkin can be reached at His Twitter handle is @dudesosad

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