POINT PLEASANT — The Mothman Festival brings out lovers of the paranormal and it also brings back the “seemingly” dead, namely the State Theater.
Of course, the old theater isn’t literally dead though it has been closed for some time now. However, the Mothman Festival will breathe new life into the historic structure by holding film screenings and hosting guest speakers throughout this weekend, reminding those new and old alike to Point Pleasant of the potential of the theater.
This year, the State Theater’s marquee will light up Main Street once again starting this Friday for a Mothman “kick starter” event when the documentary “Eyes of Mothman” which was filmed in Mason County, will be shown at 8 p.m. Admission is free and concessions will be available for purchase.
Then, this Saturday, the theater will host a unique collection of speakers on a variety of topics. There will be speakers from the History Channel, the Discovery Channel, as well as authors and artists from across the country and close to home. The itinerary is as follows:
11 a.m., Chad Lambert, creator of the comic book “Return to Point Pleasant” and two-time Harvey Award nominated comic book writer and editor; noon, Stan Gordon, UFO researcher, author, award winning documentary producer; 1 p.m., Susan Sheppard, executive producer of “White Zombie” and creator of “Haunted Parkersbug Ghost Tours” and several books; 2 p.m., Rosemary Ellen Guley, author of over 50 books and leading expert in paranormal investigations; 3 p.m., Ken Gerhard, co-star of History Channel TV series “Missing in Alaska” and Author of “Encounters with Flying Humanoids; 4 p.m., Bill Brock, host of Discovery Channel’s “Monsters Underground” and cryptid researcher; 5 p.m., Fred Saluga, state director of the West Virginia Mutual UFO Network as well as regional director in Pennsylvania, and investigator of an estimated 2,000 UFO reports; 6 p.m., Lyle Blackburn, author of “The Beast of Boggy Creek” and consulting producer for the TV show “Monsters and Mysteries of America”; 7 p.m., Joedy Cook, Bigfoot researcher for over 20 years.
Then at 8 p.m., Saturday, the film “Mothman Prophecies” will be shown at the theater. Admission is once again free and concessions will be available for purchase.
This Sunday, guest speakers at the State Theater are: 11 a.m., roundtable discussion with guest speakers; 1 p.m., Neal Parks, founder of “Parks Paranormal Research and Investigation,” winner of the Paranormal Award for best spiritual literary work; 2 p.m., Sharon Shull and Dottie Campbell, Shull is the niece of the late Mary Hyre, a local newspaper reporter in Point Pleasant who wrote about the initial appearances of Mothman, and Campbell who knew Hyre during that time; 3 p.m., John Frick, avid paranormal investigator.
Admission is free to hear any speakers at the theater.
More on the Mothman Festival this week in the Point Pleasant Register.
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