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January 11, 2020

Kalamazoo State Theatre  

Doors: 6:30pm | Show: 7:30pm

Buy Tickets HERE

The beloved indie classic Napoleon Dynamite was made almost 15 years ago; and the enduring and endearing characters have stayed in fans’ hearts. Appealing to the inner teenager in each of us, the story and the dialogue make Napoleon Dynamite one of the most quoted movies of our time. Napoleon Dynamite makes audiences laugh—and laugh hard—over and over again.

This unique evening includes a Napoleon Dynamite-themed pre-show experience, a full screening of the film, and a lively, freewheeling discussion with fan-favorite cast members Jon Heder (Napoleon Dynamite), Efren Ramirez (Pedro), and Jon Gries (Uncle Rico).

Tina the llama, yes a real llama, will be part of this event. Tina will greet guests from when doors open at 6:30pm up until show time at 7:30pm. She will also be at the exclusive VIP meet & greet experience taking selfies and making small talk before doors open with VIP ticket holders. Please note: Tina is a sensitive animal who doesn’t take kindly to being called “fat lard.” 


General Ticket Information:
This is an all ages reserved seating event. There is an 8 ticket limit.

  • $30 – $35 Reserved Seating
  • $75 VIP Meet & Greet Experience


Discounted Room Rates At Radisson HERE!

Looking for a place to stay just blocks from The State Theatre?  The Radisson is your place and we offer you a discounted rate of $159 plus taxes.  Make it a night or a weekend getaway in Downtown Kalamazoo!


RSVP On Facebook HERE

Security Information:
All patrons are subject to search, pat down, and wanding.  The following items are not allowed in the venue: guns, knives, lasers, tasers, mace, glass items, cameras, selfie sticks, outside food or beverage, no bags over the dimensions of 8 inches wide by 5 inches tall with a width of 2 inches,  and other items that may challenge public safety.  You can view our full list by visiting our frequently asked questions here

Dear Napoleon Dynamite Event Attendees,

We are thrilled to host the indie classic Napoleon Dynamite Screening with live Q&A at the historic Kalamazoo State Theatre. The live Q&A will take place after the screening of Napoleon Dynamite and all attendees are invited to stay.

How big of a purse can I bring?
You can bring any purse or bag with the dimensions of 8 inches wide
by 5 inches tall with a width of 2 inches or less. If your purse does not
meet the above requirements, you are allowed to bring a clear plastic bag,
no larger than 1 gallon, into the venue with your belongings.


What time does the show start and when will doors open? What if I need ADA assistance?

Doors: 6:30pm || Start Time: 7:30pm

We suggest that you arrive early in order to avoid the line and to pass through security check points. We look forward to a great night! Anyone with ADA needs and requiring additional time to be seated may enter 15 minutes prior to posted door time. For more information about accessible seating click here. Please be advised that event times are subject to change due to a variety of conditions including inclement weather, illness, and transportation delays that are out of our control. For this reason, any delayed events performing on the original event date are nonrefundable.


I have VIP what do I need to know?

Venue doors open at 5pm for VIP ticket holders. VIP will receive early entry into the venue where they will be escorted into the lobby for check in. The VIP Meet & Greet will take place from 5:30-6:30pm.


I may need to take a break, is there intermission or opener?

There will be an intermission after the screening of the film, before the Q&A. At that time you can stretch your legs, use the restroom, or grab a drink. Please plan accordingly.


Why should I arrive early?

  • To pass through security check points such as wanding and bag checks in a timely manner. Please have your ticket & ID ready and be prepared to open your coat or small purse.
  • Check out the merchandise! The Kalamazoo State Theatre and artist will have branded apparel and items available for sale.
  • Grab a drink at our full bar with multiple points of sale.
    • Make memories at our photo op station in the upstairs mezzanine!
  • Explore & experience the venue’s charm and vibes. Renowned architect John Eberson  designed our theatre in 1927 to create the feel of a Spanish garden.
  • Find your seats before the show begins. Please ask an usher for seating location assistance.

Are tickets still available, I have a friend asking about them?

YES! You can buy tickets online here or during normal box office hours below.


So there could be a line, do you offer SKIP THE LINE PASSES?
YES! Why wait in the elements when you can skip the line?! This is a separate ticket from your reserved seats that will grant you expedited entry into the venue. Skip The Line entry is located near the main entrance of the building. Look for VIP / Skip The Line signage or ask a staff member. Present your Skip The Line pass along with your event ticket for expedited entry and to avoid the public lines. THIS IS NOT AN EVENT TICKET. You can buy a skip the line pass HERE for this event.


Or skip passes are available while supplies last in the box office day of show. Only a limited number of passes available.


What is the camera & mobile device policy?

Unless otherwise posted, absolutely NO professional photography, audio or video recording of any kind is allowed during the performance. Cell phone photography and point-and-shoot cameras are allowed. Professional cameras and detachable lens cameras are NOT allowed in the venue unless approved by management.

Will I be searched prior to entering the theatre?
Please arrive early and expect delays. Due to heightened security measures all patrons are subject to search, pat down, and wanding. Please have your ticket & ID ready and be prepared to open your coat or small purse. The following items are not allowed in the venue: guns, knives, lasers, tasers, mace, glass items, cameras, selfie sticks, outside food or beverage, no bags or purses over the dimensions of 8 inches wide by 5 inches tall with a width of 2 inches, and other items that may challenge public safety. You can view our full list by visiting our frequently asked questions here.

Where can I park for this event?
Kalamazoo State Theatre’s main parking lot is located just south of the
theatre at the intersection of South Burdick & Cedar St. and is available
starting at 5:00p.m. for $10 per car. For additional parking options, please
view downtown Kalamazoo’s parking map here. Also in that link you can find tips for downtown parking, a map, and key.

How do I pick up Will Call tickets?
Will call tickets will be available for pick up at the Kalamazoo State
Theatre box office beginning at 4:30p.m. on the day of the event. We will need to see a valid photo ID and the credit card used to purchase the tickets to pick up from will call.


When will the box office be open?
Standard box office hours are Fridays 11:00a.m. – 6:00p.m. and show days
starting at 3:00p.m. Hours may vary on event days. Please see upcoming hours below:

Sat. 1/11: 3:00pm – 8:30pm
Sat. 1/25: 3:00pm – 9:00pm

Will concessions and bar be open at this event?
Our concessions open at when doors open. We offer a full bar with
multiple points of sale throughout the venue & we accept cash or credit. All
concessions may be taken to your seat. Please make sure to try out our
new recycling initiative, The Yucket, when disposing of plastic cups. Popcorn is available for purchase at the bar.

Check out our featured drink for this event!

Where should we eat?
Millennium Restaurant Group has four wonderful eateries within walking distance, each featuring a very different menu than the next. They also have a few restaurants just a short drive away. Check out their collection here.


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