Big Lebowski fest celebrates a cult classic

Hey, dude, are you a fan of The Big Lebowski? Ogden’s Third Annual Big Lebowski Festival will be the perfect opportunity to celebrate the film with fellow Urban Achievers. Beginning November 12 at 7:30 p.m., the festival encourages fans of the film to dress up in their best “Dude,” Maude, or Jesus outfit for a chance to win a prize in their costume contest. The festival will be held at Peery’s Egyptian Theater and tickets are available at their box office or at Smith Tix.

Bowling will begin the night at 5:30 p.m. just down the streets at Fat Cats Fun Center, so festival goers can beat their Jesus-esque rivals at “The Dude’s” favorite game. Known for its dialogue (those infamous quotes repeated incessantly by its fans), The Big Lebowski will be screened at the historic theater following your perfect game. Sit back, relax and yell out your favorite lines as they are said onscreen. Finish the night sipping on a classic White Russian, while mingling with fellow fanatics.


The Big Lebowski started out as a flop. Following its Coen brothers-produced cousin Fargo, critics and audiences panned the film and pronounced it DOA. Then the film was reborn, finding a new home among a cult fandom that celebrated the film’s quirky storyline and psychedelic aesthetic. Today, festivals for the film – just like the one held in Ogden – are highly attended by those who find the film’s hidden merits.

Funded in part by the Egyptian Theater Foundation, the festival’s proceeds will help preserve, maintain and improve Peery’s Egyptian Theater in Ogden, Utah. A charitable organization, the foundation funds community activities and special theater programming for new audiences.

For more information on the festival, click here.

-Brieanna Olds

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