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Landmark Cinemas extends showings of beloved Penticton-made movie Drinkwater

Landmark will extend the run in theatres as long as there is interest
Penticton Landmark Cinemas has decided to extend the run of Penticton made movie Drinkwater. With huge local interest in the movie, the theatre decided to provide more showings. (Poster)

The show will go on! Penticton Landmark Cinemas has decided to extend the beloved Penticton-made movie Drinkwater for at least another week.

“They will keep extending as long as there is interest to see the movie,” said Sue Fraser, wife of Graham Fraser who produced the movie.

Drinkwater, a coming-of-age comedy set in Penticton and starring Will and Grace actor Erik McCormick, has stolen the hearts of locals who have been filling the theatre every night it has played since its red carpet opening Oct. 14 at Landmark Cinemas.

The last showing was supposed to be Thursday, Oct. 27 but the local theatre has chosen to extend its run due to people’s interest in the locally-made movie.

This movie is as much about Penticton and everything that is great about this city from Skaha Lake to the Vees as it is about a dorky teenager trying to get through high school. The sweet storyline and fantastically nostalgic 80s soundtrack make this feel-good movie a hit.

Drinkwater is filled with everything Canadiana, from a Mountie and Terry Fox shirt to a Wayne Gretzky card. Vees’ owner Graham Fraser is the maker of the movie.

Shot entirely in the Penticton area, the iconic landmarks to grace the screen are Penticton High School and track, Memorial Arena, SS Sicamous, and even the Penticton IGA.

The main character Mike Drinkwater (Daniel Doheny) is an extremely awkward Grade 12 Pen Hi student in love with the most popular girl in the school. Yes, the cheesy-predictable plot. But Mike, who is obsessed with Bruce Lee and terrible at martial arts makes for a really lovable character that you want to root for.

From throwing a frozen octopus on the ice at a Vees game to hanging upside down at the Tim Hortons drive-thru make this movie laugh out loud and lovable.

Read the editor’s review of the movie below:

Opinion: Drinkwater movie is an ode to Penticton and has all the feels

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Monique Tamminga

About the Author: Monique Tamminga

Monique brings 20 years of award-winning journalism experience to the role of editor at the Penticton Western News. Of those years, 17 were spent working as a senior reporter and acting editor with the Langley Advance Times.
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