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Super Mario Brothers 25th Anniversary Event

The State Theatre, 1307 J St., Modesto, is planning a Super Mario Brothers special event in April.

The Movie and Special 25th Anniversary celebration is scheduled for Saturday, April 28 at 6 p.m.

The hugely successful video games featuring animated Italian plumbers the Mario Brothers led to a $42 million live action movie released in 1993- and The State is set to celebrate its 25th anniversary with a special event hosted by SMB movie.Com editor and Stanislaus native Steven Applebaum. The event will feature live re-enactments by costumed performers, audience engagement and games, face-painting in the lobby, and special dinosaur-themed snacks at concessions.

In this G-rated film, the two brothers (Bob Hoskins and John Leguizamo) live in Manhattan and are chasing Princess Daisy (Samantha Mathis), who wears a necklace made from a meteor fragment. Its powers can free a race of reptilian creatures from the city’s sewers. The villainous ruler of the creatures, who are descendants of dinosaurs, is King Koopa (Dennis Hopper). Koopa has kidnapped Daisy and taken her to the underworld of Dinohattan, which is rat-infested and strewn with garbage. The Mario Brothers must overcome many obstacles, just as they do in video games, to free the princess. The film spares no expense with its use of animatronic monsters and high-tech special effects.

Though directors Rocky Morton and Annabel Jankel (Max Headroom, D.O.A.) faithfully adhere to the story of the classic Nintendo videogame, they also subvert the formula so brilliantly it has for years delighted fans and fascinated critics. The hidden world was designed by David L. Snyder, the Oscar-nominated Art Director of the original Blade Runner.

Admission is $12 for adults; $8 for kids 12 and under. The movie runs an hour a 44 minutes.

For online ticket sales go to To purchase your tickets by phone call The State Box Office at 209-527-4697 from noon to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday. If still available, tickets may also be purchased the night of the event up to the start of the presentation.