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MOVIES

G-FEST has a history of bringing to western G-fans films they otherwise wouldn’t have a chance to see on the big screen, including North American theatrical premieres of Gamera 3, Godzilla (‘54), Godzilla vs Destroyah, Son of Godzilla, Rebirth of Mothra 3, Godzilla vs Megaguirus, and many others.

 

Movies are shown at the Pickwick Theater, 5 South Prospect, Park Ridge, IL, 60068. Before the convention, on July 10th, there’s an afternoon double bill.

THURSDAY FILM FESTIVAL

AFTERNOON DOUBLE FEATURE

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Mothra vs Godzilla (1964)

 (60th anniversary presentation)

Widely considered one of the greatest Godzilla movies, 1964’s “Mothra vs Godzilla” (released in the West as “Godzilla vs The Thing”) brings together two of Toho’s most popular kaiju in a series of exciting and well-staged battles. The film features strong performances by Akira Takarada, Yuriko Hoshi and Hiroshi Koizumi, as well as the charming Emi and Yumi Ito (a.k.a. The Peanuts). The score by Akira Ifukube is superb, and Eiji Tsuburaya’s spfx are top-notch. A classic of the genre! 

1PM July 11th 2024 

Pickwick Theatre, 5 South Prospect, Park Ridge, IL

Tickets available online or in person 

Please visit https://www.pickwicktheatre.com/ for more details

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Godzilla vs Mechagodzilla (1974)

(50th anniversary presentation)

For Godzilla’s 20th year in 1974, Toho celebrated by creating a robotic counterpart to their now-heroic kaiju king. MG has gone on to become one of the most popular and recognizable of the Japanese monsters, appearing in five Toho features and two western movies. “G vs MG” brings back the iconic actor Akihiko Hirata (Dr. Serizawa in G ’54), as well as G-series stalwarts Hiroshi Koizumi and Kenji Sahara. The score by Masaru Sato is memorably energetic, and Teruyoshi Nakano’s spfx are wonderfully explosive. First time at the Pickwick!

3PM July 11th 2024 

Pickwick Theatre, 5 South Prospect, Park Ridge, IL

Tickets available online or in person 

Please visit https://www.pickwicktheatre.com/ for more details

EVENING DOUBLE FEATURE

Return of Godzilla

The Return of Godzilla (1984)

(40th anniversary presentation)

With the Showa Series of G-films having run its course, Toho may have originated the concept of “rebooting” by returning Godzilla to his serious roots in 1984. The ambitious production boasts a cast headed by Yosuke Natsuki and Yasuko Sawaguchi, and a rumbling soundtrack by Reijiro Koroku. Teruyoshi Nakano is at the top of his game on spfx, and the film marks the late Ken Satsuma’s first of many appearances as Godzilla. A landmark film, first time at G-FEST!

7PM July 11th 2024 

Pickwick Theatre, 5 South Prospect, Park Ridge, IL

Tickets available online or in person 

Please visit https://www.pickwicktheatre.com/ for more details

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Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla (1994)

(30th anniversary presentation)

The penultimate film in the Heisei Series has Godzilla facing off against a space-born version of… himself! Throw in the UNGCC’s transforming mecha MOGERA, the adorable Little Godzilla, Fairy Mothra and the Cosmos, and a beautifully coiffed and ESP enhanced Miki Saegusa (Megumi Odaka)… Well, what more could a G-fan ask for? From the Jupiter/Mars asteroid belt to Birth Island to Fukuoka city and its iconic tower,  “G vs Space G” is one of Godzilla’s greatest battles. 

9PM July 11th 2024 

Pickwick Theatre, 5 South Prospect, Park Ridge, IL

Tickets available online or in person 

Please visit https://www.pickwicktheatre.com/ for more details

FRIDAY FEATURE FILM

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Godzilla Final Wars (2004)

(20th anniversary presentation)

A monster and action-filled frenzy, director Ryuhei Kitamura’s “GFW” pulled down the curtain on Godzilla’s Millennium Series of movies in 2004. Paying homage to half a century of Godzilla, the film showcases series stars Akira Takarada, Kumi Mizuno and Kenji Sahara, plus a baker’s dozen of Godzilla old foes and two new ones. Spfx director Eichi Asada gets full marks for his spfx that not only span the globe but the galaxy as well. Not seen on the Pickwick big screen for nearly 20 years! 

10:30PM July 12th 2024 

Pickwick Theatre, 5 South Prospect, Park Ridge, IL

Tickets available online or in person 

Please visit https://www.pickwicktheatre.com/ for more details

SATURDAY FEATURE FILM

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Godzilla X Kong: The New Empire (2024)

The latest from Legendary’s Monsterverse series was a huge hit with audiences, out-performing expectations and bringing new fans into the fold. An extravaganza of action and spfx, Godzilla and King Kong have become the most successful box office team since Abbott and Costello. GxK’s giant success has already jump-started plans for a follow-up. You’ve seen it with a general audience, now experience it on the Pickwick’s giant screen in a theater packed with G-fans!

10:30PM July 13th 2024 

Pickwick Theatre, 5 South Prospect, Park Ridge, IL

Tickets available online or in person 

Please visit https://www.pickwicktheatre.com/ for more details

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