Monday, both Milwaukee and the rest of the world mourned the passing of one of the most beloved comic actors of all time when Gene Wilder died at the age of 83. As literally everyone you know acknowledged in the wake of his passing, Wilder has an indelible local connection. Born Jerry Silberman in 1933, the legend spent more than 20 years in his native Milwaukee before leaving town and making a name for himself on the silver screen as Gene Wilder.
To honor and remember the iconic actor and local legend, Avalon Theater and Rosebud Cinema will screen two of Wilder’s most famous films, Blazing Saddles and Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory this weekend. Watch Wonka at the Avalon this Saturday and Sunday, or take a seat at a Saturday or Sunday showing of Blazing Saddles, if that’s more your taste. All screenings start at 11 a.m. and cost $5.