Coming Soon

Original movie poster (with some minor additions) for REEFER MADNESS (1936)

420 Feature: Reefer Madness (1936) + stoned shorts

Rare 16mm prints

Saturday, April 20, 2024
7:00 PM only
Grand Illusion Cinema ~ 1403 NE 50th St. at University Way

Advance tickets available now

Women cry for it! Men die for it! SEE! Youthful marijuana victims! WITNESS! Unspeakable depravities of drug-crazed abandon! DIG! That crazy piano playing! YES! The most infamous anti-weed scare movie in history will boggle your bong-fried brain! NO! None of its crap is true! WOW! It is hilariously terrible! A stoner must-see! ONE PUFF AND YOU’LL BE HOOKED!

Shown from a rare 16mm print, along with stoned cartoons and shorts.

Originally produced by a church group as a “cautionary tale,” REEFER MADNESS backfired spectacularly. First it was recut for the sleazy exploitation circuit, then in the 1970s pro-legalization groups started showing it as a fundraiser. Spreading like a contact high, it became a cult hit for generations of pot heads, and the very namesake of fact-free, impotent prohibitionist hysteria.

Come celebrate 420 and legal weed in Washington with a taste of this mad chronic nug. (Please always enjoy cannabis responsibly.)

“Its reputation is well earned. ...You’ll look long and hard before you find a dope movie more hysterically alarmist, more flagrantly deceitful than Reefer Madness.” – 1,000 Misspent Hours

“The granddaddy of all ‘Worst’ movies.” – Leonard Maltin

Illustration showing how film passes through a movie projector.

The Sprocket Society seeks to cultivate the love of the mechanical cinema, its arts and sciences, and to encourage film preservation by bringing film and its history to the public through screenings, educational activities, and our own archival efforts.

Founded in 2007, we have produced film screenings in Seattle since 2008, with programs ranging from silent film to documentaries, experimental cinema to the Secret Matinee series (complete with weekly serial episodes), and more.

Learn more about our previous screenings, or read program notes from them.

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Past programs by The Sprocket Society have included:

  • Secret Matinee Series — An annual series with weekly serial episodes and secret classic features.
  • Film Dada: Cinema of the Bearded Heart — Groundbreaking experimental shorts with live accompaniment.
  • Silent Magic: Trick Films and Special Effects, 1895-1912 — Pioneering special effects epics from around the world.
  • Experimental Memoria — A screening series honoring the passing of three giants of experimental cinema in 2012.
  • First Light: The Birth of Cinema 1895-1901 — Pioneering films from France, Britain, Russia, and the USA. Plus short documentaries about magic lanterns and the Library of Congress paper print collection.
  • Breakaway: Films by Bruce Conner, 1958-2004 — Brilliant and influential experimental works made primarily with found footage.
  • The Heart of Life — Robert Enrico's stunning trilogy of award-winning films based on Ambrose Bierce short stories.
  • First Words: The Birth of Sound Cinema, 1895-1929 — Rare short films tracing the evolution of sound cinema, plus live re-enactments of Lyman Howe's pioneering Victrola accompaniments.

Learn more about our past screenings