The Nitty Gritty
- Each purchase covers one person
- Must be 21 to purchase, sorry kids
- No cancellations within 48 hours of your show and no refunds for missed shows
- Bring photo I.D. at show time to redeem at the ticket window at Plaza Theatre
If you've ever spent a late night in the dark 'n hazy environs of the Clermont Lounge, chances are you've been introduced to Blondie, that bawdy Atlanta legend who has a penchant for beer-can crushing. And during the screening of her documentary, "AKA Blondie," you may be surprised to find yourself relating to her struggles, her poetry and her story. The film was produced by Half Pint Productions and has been making its rounds at film festivals across the country for the past year and half. And now, the film is finally coming home to Atlanta's own Plaza Theatre.
The theatre changed hands at the end of last year and, under the watchful eye of owners Michael Furlinger and John Brieger, the old Plaza is sporting a new look, namely, new seats, digital projectors, screens, curtains and sound. The only thing that hasn't changed is the iconic vibe that the theatre has always had since its opening day in 1939.
And what better film to enjoy in this classic ATL institution than one that features the classic ATL icon Blondie Strange? The documentary, filmed by Jon and Brantly Watts, the spousal duo behind Half Pint Productions, draws you in, focusing on Blondie's history, motivations and journey. And above all, it's surprisingly relatable. Jon, who spent about three years on the project, said it all began when he met Blondie in 2006. He saw the beer-crushing act, heard a little poetry and was hooked. "In the end," he said, "it's just a story about a human being." And while you sit comfortably in the Plaza's new chairs, you'll have the chance to see it all: Blondie's lost loves, her lost family and her constant struggles.
Of course, the natural libational accompaniment to this movie is a PBR (Blondie's crushing can of choice), and you'll be able to enjoy one viewing the film, alongside a hefty, homemade Blondie Brownie made by Burly Bakers. Also at the screening, you'll have the chance to meet the woman herself, during Blondie's meet and greet.Afterward, head next door to the Righteous Room for an exclusive after party, where you'll be able to purchase two more PBRs for $2 each and take advantage of a slew of food specials. You can try to crush the cans later if you want... but you may just want to leave that to Blondie.