Chicago's The Shining-Inspired Pop-Up Bar Is Now Open

Redrum is both “murder” spelled backwards and the name of a themed drink at Chicago’s new The Shining-themed pop-up bar. Called Room 237, the Stephen King-inspired watering hole will run through February 10 at The Rookery gastropub in the city's Ukrainian Village, according to the Chicago Tribune.

Chicago's "The Shining"-themed pop-up bar
Actors Joseph Vourteque and Adam Burke as Lloyd the bartender and Jack Torrance

The Rookery’s upstairs floor will be transformed into a haunted hotel speakeasy on Saturday evenings after 9 p.m. As Esquire reports, patrons can order themed cocktails like the Redrum (rum, pomegranate juice, and lemon) and the Grady Twins (a gin and blue Curaçao-based concoction).

Actors dressed as characters from the film will be hanging out on site, but if trading words with Lloyd the bartender isn’t guests’ thing, they can simply admire the joint’s spooky décor, enjoy live music, and play Stephen King-themed trivia, according to Eater.

No cover charge is required to visit Room 237, but service is first-come, first-served. Plan your visit accordingly if navigating an ultra-crowded bar sounds as appealing as navigating a snow-covered hedge maze.

[h/t Chicago Tribune]

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Mark Hamill Learned About The Empire Strikes Back's Big Darth Vader Reveal Before Anyone Else

Nope, not even Harrison Ford knew about it.
Nope, not even Harrison Ford knew about it.
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Few cinematic secrets were better kept—or more shocking when they came out—than that of Luke Skywalker and Leia Organa's true parentage in the Star Wars saga. According to ComicBook.com, the reveal that Darth Vader is Luke and Leia's father was such a well-kept secret that it wasn't actually put into the script at all. Evidently, only three people on set knew about the moment in advance: Mark Hamill, Star Wars creator George Lucas, and The Empire Strikes Back director Irvin Kershner. (Screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan was also aware.)

Hamill took to Twitter to explain the pivotal part of the franchise, during which a fake line was used so the actual reveal could be dubbed in afterwards, allowing the trio to keep the secret from the cast and crew for more than a year.

"The cast & crew first learned of it when they saw the finished film," Hamill said to his fans on Twitter. "When we shot it, Vader's line was 'You don't know the truth, Obi-Wan killed your father.' Only Irvin Kershner, George Lucas & I knew what would be dubbed in later. Agony keeping that secret for over a year!"

Props to them for not letting the spoiler slip early. Even with the pressure of keeping such a big plot twist under wraps, Lucas says financial concerns were what plagued him most.

“Well, to be very honest, the most challenging aspect was paying for [The Empire Strikes Back],” Lucas recently told StarWars.com. “In order to be able to take control of the movie, I had to pay for it myself. And in order to do that, I did something my father told me never to do, which was to borrow money. But there wasn’t much I could do because I only had maybe half of the money to make the movie, so I had to borrow the other half, which put a lot of pressure on me.”

If you feel like reminiscing about a galaxy far, far away, check out this year's May the Fourth celebration compilation here. And if you want to see the twist for yourself (whether it's for the first or the hundredth time), all nine movies in the Skywalker Saga are now streaming on Disney+.

[h/t ComicBook.com]

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